UNC's Upward Bound

Welcome to UNC’s Upward Bound!

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants 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; and 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.

The UNC Upward Bound Program is funded to serve 60 high school students who are recruited as freshman, sophomores, or juniors. As determined by the grant proposal, qualifying students must attend the target Greeley schools, Central, Northridge, or Jefferson.

History

Upward Bound, the oldest of all the TRIO programs, is a highly successful, college preparatory program of rigorous academic instruction, individual tutoring and counseling for potential-first-generation college graduate or low-income students.

The original three TRIO programs were spawned by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Upward Bound was the first of the three to be funded. During the summer of 1965, the office of Economic Opportunity funded eighteen pilot projects across the nation.

Following the success of the pilot programs, Upward Bound was authorized as a national program under Title II-A of the Economic Opportunity Act; and in 1966, the programs were expanded from 18 to 220. There are presently 774 Upward Bound programs nationwide.