Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program at the University of North Texas is an academic enrichment program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  It is part of a group of three programs known as TRIO Programs which were begun in 1965. There are now seven programs, all of which assist students in enrolling in a completing a post-secondary education.  TRIO Programs include: Educational Opportunity Centers, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science, Veteran's Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

Upward Bound assists high school students in completing secondary education and pursuing and completing a post-secondary education at the institution that best suits the student's needs. The Upward Bound staff works closely with students, and with school administrators and staff to assist its members in achieving their highest potential in high school so they will be better prepared when they enter college.

Our Goal

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Types of Projects

Upward Bound projects provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.

Schools UB Serves

The program is sponsored by the University of North Texas, and is limited to serving only 86 students annually in rural areas of Denton and Wise County.  Upward Bound serves the following schools:

Bridgeport High School

Decatur High School

Denton High School

Guyer High School

Krum High School

Paradise High School

Ryan High School

Sanger High School


Academic Year Component

During the academic year component, students attend approximately 20 bi-monthly Saturday meetings on the UNT campus.  Denton County students provide their own transportation.  Upward Bound provides van transportation for Wise County students with pick up in Decatur.  Other services include campus visits, field trips, and tutoring.

  1. Saturday
    • Overview

      • On specified Saturday mornings, meetings begin at 8:45am and end at 12:50pm.  For each meeting, students read an Upward Bound newsletter.  This newsletter has information about the Saturday activities and about the students’ responsibilities. Granola bars, fruit, yogurt and juice are available. Upward Bound has a general meeting before activities begin in order to inform students of any events and to talk about current business. After the general meeting, students participate in a variety of activities including tutoring, academic classes, cultural enrichment activities, and workshops. Students contribute positively to the activity. After classes, students receive a stipend, based on their grade level, their performance in class and/or tutoring, and their completion of UBjectives, and take care of any outstanding business (e.g. signing up for events, paying for T-shirts, returning candy sales money, UBjectives).

    • Tutoring

      • Tutors assist students who require extra help in their academic subjects. Students who earn a 75 or below in any course for the grading period attend Saturday tutorials without exception.  

  2. Mid Week Tutoring

    Tutors are available during the week by appointment to assist students who require extra help in their academic subjects.

  3. School Visits

    Upward Bound visits students in their schools throughout the academic year to provide academic and personal advising.

  4. Grades

    Each six or nine weeks, Upward Bound receives students’ grades from schools. 

Summer Component

Students participate in a five week residential summer component on the UNT campus.  The summer component allows students to experience college life by taking academic classes, receiving counseling, and participating in various activities and cultural events. At the beginning of each summer, Upward Bound provides students and their families with a summer events calendar, with dates for check-in and check-out, field trips, and evening activities.  

Learn More

For more information about TRIO Upward Bound please email us at untupwardbound@unt.edu

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