How to Apply

Upward Bound Math Science program is a federally-funded TRIO program that provides academic support to low-income and/or 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 either attend one of the program’s target high schools that include the Boston Green Academy, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Chelsea High and Charlestown High School or live in one of the program’s target neighborhoods that include Chelsea, Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan and Roxbury.  Lastly, students need to be interested in studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics.  Students attending the target high schools are given priority in the admissions process.

During the school year, students must attend tutoring and academic instruction after school, and during either February or April break.  During the summer, students live on the Boston University campus from Sunday-Friday for a six-week academically intensive program.


In order to be eligible to participate in the Upward Bound Math Science program, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Meet low-income guidelines or be a potential first generation college student (neither parent has a bachelors degree)
  • Attend a target high school (Boston Green Academy, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Chelsea High and Charlestown High School or live in a target neighborhood (Chelsea, Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, and Roxbury)
  • Have an expressed interest in studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics

Interested students can download a UBMS Student Application 2021-2022  Additionally, students may get a paper copy from their high school or by calling UBMS at 617-353-3551.

Application Materials

Only complete applications will be considered.  Please follow the instructions on page 1 of the application closely and contact our office with any questions.

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