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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

1. Who qualifies for the Pre-College Program?

2. How many students are selected each year?

3. How many students are eligible to participate?

4. Is there a program fee?

5. What is the admissions process?

6. What if my child did not receive an acceptance letter?

7. When are new admits required to begin?

8. If admitted for the summer component, does the student have to attend the academic year component also?

9. Once admitted, do you have to re-apply each year?

10.When does the summer program begin/end?

11.Must students live on campus the entire summer?

12. Does the program provide transportation?


    1. Who qualifies for the Pre-College Program?

    Students are eligible to participate if they have completed the eighth grade and not have entered the tenth grade during the enrollment period. Applicants must reside in households in which their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not earned a Bachelor’s degree, and/or meet low income requirements established by the Department of Education.

    Applicants of the Upward Bound (UB) Program must have completed the eighth grade and attend one of six (6) target high schools:

    • Parkdale

    • High Point

    • Northwestern

    • Bladensburg

    • Northwood

    • Central

    Applicants of the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Program must have completed the ninth grade and attend one of five (5) target high schools: 

    • Bell Multicultural (DC)

    • Fairmont Heights (MD)

    • Potomac (MD)

    • Watkins Mill (MD)

    2. How many students are selected each year?

    The number of students selected varies each year depending on the number of slots made available by graduating seniors.

    3. How many students are eligible to participate?

    The University of Maryland College Park Upward Bound program is currently funded to serve one hundred and seventy (170) students and the Upward Bound Math & Science program is currently funded to serve sixty-one (61) students.

    4.Is there a program fee?

    No, there is no fee for the program.

    5. What is the admissions process?

    Applicants must submit a completed application along with supporting documents (proof of household income, grades, transcripts, recommendations, and essay).  After the completed applications have been reviewed, an Upward Bound counselor will schedule interviews with the applicant and parent(s) in early May.  Applicants will be notified by late May of decisions. 

    6. What if my child did not receive an acceptance letter?

    Students not selected to participate may be offered a spot on our wait list.  Those on the wait list may be contacted once a space becomes available. 

    7.When are new admits required to begin?

    Applicants will be notified once the selection process has concluded .  The type of letter received will indicate the start date.  The summer acceptance letter invites the person to begin Upward Bound in June.  The fall acceptance letter invites students to start Upward Bound at the beginning of the academic year. 

    8.If admitted for the summer component, does the student have to attend the academic year component also?

    Yes.  The student must be available to attend the Saturday Academy classes, tutoring, counseling session, etc. during the academic year.  The program is designed to service students throughout their high school years.

    9. Once admitted, do you have to re-apply each year?

    Once a student has been admitted to the program there is no need to reapply or re-qualify annually. As long as the student maintains satisfactory progress they remain in the program through graduation from high school. The recruitment period begins in the fall semester and continues until all available slots have been filled. This usually occurs by early spring.

    10. When does the summer program begin/end?

    The summer program begins the third week of June and ends the last week of July.

    11. Must students live on campus the entire summer?

    Yes, students must live on campus for the entire six (6) weeks.  Students remain on campus during the week and are scheduled to leave campus for home on Fridays & will return to campus from home on sundays.  Students are not allowed to leave campus during the week for any reason other than an emergency that is first discussed with a staff member. 

    12. Does the program provide transportation?

    During the summer program, transportation to and from campus is not provided and is the responsibility of the family. Transportation is provided for group activities that take place during the summer and academic year.

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