TRiO - Upward Bound (UB)


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 $790K. 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.

Program History

Over the past 50 years, the Upward Bound program at the University of California, Berkeley has provided academic advising, tutoring, workshops, college visits, assistance with college and financial aid applications, social and cultural activities, and a six-week summer residential experience on the Berkeley campus. Students who have completed Upward Bound at Berkeley have been accepted at higher ed institutions such 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. 

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.