Upward Bound

How to Join


The Upward Bound program is highly selective. To participate, students must possess a strong desire to attend college, be motivated to succeed, and have the support and commitment of their parents.

Students must obtain a pre-application from either the Upward Bound office or their high school counselor’s office. Once the pre-application is turned in, Upward Bound staff will determine the student’s eligibility. If the student is eligible, an application packet will be sent out. After the completed application is received, the staff will then interview the applicant and their parent(s). Upon acceptance into the program, participants will go through orientation.

Who is eligible?

  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Students who are “first-generational” college students and/or meet the income guidelines
  • Students from South Side, Wayne, North Side, New Haven, and New Tech high schools
  • Students enrolled in 9th or 10th grade
  • A STRONG desire to go to college.