Helping area High School students prepare for college since 1995.

What is Upward Bound?

The Upward Bound Program (UBP) provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in higher education pursuits. The UBP serves high school students from low-income families, potential first-generation college students, and students who have a high risk of academic failure. Upward Bound is a Federal TRIO Program governed by the United States Department of Education. The goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.


Upward Bound at IWU is a college preparation program providing educational, social and cultural experiences to local high school students in order to develop them in character Scholarship, and Leadership.

What Does Upward Bound Provide?

Academic Year (SEP - MAY):
  • Weekly Tutoring
  • Study Skills workshops
  • Monthly Educational and cultural field trips

During the summer session, Upward Bound students have the opportunity to participate in a 6-week college experience. This session is a great taste of what the college experience offers. The students will receive instruction in core areas as well as some electives.

The college experience includes:

  • Core Academic Studies
    • Math
    • Science
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Foreign language
  • Elective Academic Studies
    • Music
    • Art
    • Drama
    • Leadership
  • Social Activities
  • Summer Trip

Who Qualifies?

Students in grade 9-12 who meet one of the below criteria are qualified to participate.

  • Potential 1st generation College Student (neither parent currently has a 4yr degree)
  • Meet certain income guidelines (determined by U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
  • Has a high risk of academic failure (did not pass state standardized test in math or English or has a GPA below 2.5)

Upward Bound students are college-bound students.

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