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Why Upward Bound?


Academic Advising and Tutoring
In weekly sections, students receive tutoring in the classes they’re currently taking, plus advice on planning your future coursework to prepare for college.

College Campus Tours
Ready for a road trip? Students go on an average of two college tours a year.

Parent Programs
Upward Bound encourages parents to get involved with their children's education. We offer an orientation session for parents of new Upward Bound participants, and parents of continuing UB students receive information on college and financial aid options.

Join UB on the Virginia Union University Campus for workshops on college preparation and the admissions process.
Students participate in:

  • Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
  • Guidance and assistance on secondary school reentry, alternative education programs, and entry into general educational development programs or postsecondary education
  • Workshops including, but not limited to:
    • Career building
    • Goal setting
    • Test taking
    • Writing improvement
    • Budget development
    • Branding
    • Time management

Summer Residential Program
Students live in campus residence halls and are immersed in a concentrated, challenging and supportive learning environment.

Field Trips 
Explore the world with UB's field trips. Some regular destinations include Broadway plays in New York City. theme parks, and historical museums

Financial Help
Earn a stipend each week during the Fall Saturday Academy and Summer Residential Institute. Program participants qualify to receive fee waivers for college applications and college preparatory exams (SAT I /SAT II and ACT).