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Upward Bound: Apply

Application Process

The application process is both rigorous and competitive. Individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in college, including members of racial and ethnic minorities and the physically challenged, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for admission and participation, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be the first in their family to complete a 4-year college degree OR come from a moderate income background (each as defined by the U.S. Department of Education);
  • Demonstrate academic promise. Students need not have stellar academic records. Yet, demonstration of some form of academic success shows that a student has the ability and motivation to succeed in the summer program; and
  • Demonstrate college aspirations. Students should be considering pursuing postsecondary education after graduation; and
  • Attend one of the programs’ target high schools.


The Upward Bound Programs is currently accepting applications from students in grades 8-10.

Interested students may complete the application online.

Application Deadlines

  • Current 9th & 10th grade students: rolling admission, please apply by May 1, 2022

  • Current 8th grade students: Friday, April 8, 2022

Admission into the programs is based on financial eligibility, academic eligibility, and a personal interview.

Refer a Student

Target school faculty are encouraged to use our Student Referral Form to introduce candidates to the program. Our school based staff members will set up meetings with all referred students to provide program information, answer questions, encourage application to the program as appropriate, and help complete application materials as needed.

Contact Upward Bound

Emily Bolick
Program Coordinator