Boston University Upward Bound is a college preparatory program that is a part of the Boston University School of Education’s College Access and Completion office. In addition to Upward Bound, the office also hosts Upward Bound Math Science.
Upward Bound is a part of the federally funded TRIO program that provides academic support to low-income and first-generation college bound students. To qualify students need to either meet TRIO low-income guidelines or be first-generation college, meaning neither parent has obtained a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, to qualify, students must have at least started the ninth grade and will attend one of the program’s target high schools that include the Community Academy of Science and Health, Brighton, English, Snowden or attend a public school and live in one of the program’s target neighborhoods of Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan and Roxbury. Students attending a target high school are given priority in the admission process.
The Upward Bound program at Boston University serves 86 students. Services are based on the Boston University campus and include after school tutoring and classes held weekday afternoons, college visits, field trips and an academically intensive six-week summer residential program.
Students participate in a College and Career Day where they hear from several professionals and participate in a college fair. Rising seniors also have an opportunity to do a paid internship during their final UB summer program. Students participate in both the school year and summer components upon entry to the program until high school graduation. All program services are free and students receive a small stipend for their participation.