Prospective Students


Students in Upward Bound come from families where neither parent has earned a college degree or who will need financial assistance to pay for college. Approximately 70% of all Upward Bound participants must be members of traditionally underserved student groups (neither parent has earned a college degree and the student is low-income) while the remaining students must be one of those two or a student who is at high risk of academic failure).

Recruiting Process

The recruiting process starts in October and ends in early December. Over these three months, perspective students will attend five Saturday meetings where they will experience the Upward Bound program. During their time with us, they will also complete and turn in their application along with all of its parts. Once early December comes the staff will go through all applications that were submitted on time. Every student applying for the program will then receive a letter around the end of December informing them if they were accepted, waitlisted, or not accepted into the program.

Below is a simple timeline of what the UB recruitment process looks like.


September 29 | October 13 | November 03


You must include all of the following items in order to be considered for the Upward Bound program. If you don’t include all the items by the deadline your application will not be considered.

  • Completed Application (Verify that all necessary pages have signatures)
  • Essay (typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Income Verification (pages 1 and 2 of 1040 or 1040A from 2015 taxes – NOT W-2 or pay stubs)
  • Report cards (1st six or nine weeks)
  • Copy of Social Security Card

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