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Upward Bound provides fundamental support to high school students in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves:

  • High school students from low-income families
  • High school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

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.

Participation Benefits

  • Attending the summer program at USD including educational, cultural and recreational activities
  • Visits by program staff to students, parents and school personnel
  • Tutoring
  • Arranged and facilitated campus visits
  • Academic, financial and personal counseling
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial-aid applications

Program Expectations

  • Parents are expected to provide support and encouragement necessary for the student to improve their class participation, attendance and grades.
  • Students are expected to enter the program voluntarily and to fully understand that it is a program intended to improve their academic skills and to help them identify their educational goals.
  • Students will maintain excellent school attendance and maintain grades to the best of their abilities.
  • Students will complete the monthly Upward Bound assignments and monthly instructor reports.
  • Students are expected to maintain cooperative behavior with school personnel, program staff and fellow students.
  • Once accepted, students can expect to participate in the Upward Bound program until they graduate from high school.
  • The summer after their high school graduation, students complete their Upward Bound experience by taking their first college courses.


Name Department & Office Contact
Megan Taylor
  • Director, Upward Bound
UNC 101