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What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a college preparation program b funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal is to prepare and encourage students with high academic ability and potential to increase their knowledge and skills, improve study habits, and achieve self-discipline while developing the attitude and motivation necessary for success in high school and college.


Upward Bound Students Receive Help With:
Academic skill development

Career Awareness
College Exploration
College preparation, including admission and financial aid
College visits/community service/cultural activities


Between the ages of 13 and 19

Completed 8th grade but haven’t completed 12th grade
Interested in attending college after graduation
Have parents/guardians who have not yet completed a 4-year degree; or reside in a household that meets income guidelines
Demonstrate the willingness and ability to benefit from the UB program

Upward Bound is hosted by Castleton University and SUNY Adirondack. Below is information from both educational institutions: 


Castleton University

Application -

October open Zooms -


SUNY Adirondack

Website -
You may download the application from the website