Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded educational program for low-income (as defined by federal income guidelines) and/or first-generation to- college students. The Upward Bound Program works with an annual budget of $686,726. UB provides free services and activities on a year round basis to motivate and prepare students for success in education beyond high school. Students accepted into the program are expected to remain in the program until high school graduation and make a serious commitment to their academic education. Parents/guardians are also expected to make a commitment by attending meetings and ensuring that students meet their program responsibilities.
Over the past 50 years, the Upward Bound Program at the University of California, Berkeley has provided counseling, tutoring, housing, academic, motivational and cultural activities for over 1,000 students from Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond, in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, many of whom had never before considered pursuing a college education. Upward Bound has helped students develop skills and realistic aspirations for their educational future. Our success rate over the years is high, with a 96% post-secondary entry rate for those who completed the program over the past five years. We stand as one of the foremost programs of its kind in the country. Students who have completed Upward Bound at Berkeley have been placed in such institutions as Fisk, Grambling, Howard, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, and of course, UC Berkeley, among many others. But no program, no matter what its past achievements, can rely solely on its past reputation; and that is why our emphasis is, has been, and always will be, on YOU, the current student.
Who is Eligible?
High School students who attend a Target School. The student must also be a US Citizen or permanent resident, and come from a first generation (Parent or Guardian has not graduated from a 4 year College), low income family.