About Upward Bound

What Is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a year-round college preparatory program that provides high school students academic assistance, educational and career guidance and cultural enrichment activities. Students are expected to remain in the program until they complete high school. It is one of the several programs sponsored by the University of the District of Columbia’s Office for TRIO and College Preparatory Programs that encourage high school students to graduate and pursue a post-secondary education.  It is a part of UDC’s Division of Student Affairs.

Mission Statement

The Upward Bound Program is funded by the US Department of Education and is designed to strengthen academic skills as well as provide the motivation necessary for educational success beyond high school.


  • Classes in English, mathematics, science and foreign language
  • SAT and ACT preparation (fee waivers provided)
  • Academic, career, and personal counseling
  • Weekly Informational Bulletins
  • College tours
  • Academic and cultural field trips
  • Financial aid and scholarship workshops
  • College application assistance & fee waivers
  • Community service opportunities
  • Stipends (conditional)
  • Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) worksite
  • Parents’ Association

Upward Bound

Main Office
Building 39, Room 106A | phone 202.274.5032 |  202.274.7412
email TRIO@udc.edu

The University of the District of Columbia extends a warm welcome to applicants for the Upward Bound Program.

Saundra Carter, Director - TRIO Programs

Application & Request Forms
Entry Application Form
Tutorial Request Form

Other TRIO Programs
Upward Bound