PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS FAQs
Who Qualifies For The Pre-College Program?
Students are eligible to participate if they have completed the eighth grade and have not 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.
Which target schools should I be attending?
Applicants of the Upward Bound (UB) Program must have completed the eighth grade and attend one of six (6) target high schools:
High Point H.S.
Applicants of the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Program must have completed the ninth grade and attend one of four (4) target high schools:
Bell Multicultural (DC)
Fairmont Heights (MD)
Watkins Mill (MD)
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.
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-two (172) students and the Upward Bound Math & Science program is currently funded to serve seventy (70) students.
Is There A Program Fee?
No, there is no fee for the program.
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, the Upward Bound counselors will schedule interviews with the applicants and parents in early May. Applicants will be notified by late May of decisions.
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.
UB Math and Science
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.
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.
When Does The Summer Program Begin/End?
The summer program begins the third week of June and ends the last week of July.
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.
Who Qualifies For The LIFT Program?
Any rising 7th -12th grader is eligible for LIFT programs.
Do You Have To Be Affiliated With The University Of Maryland To Apply?
The parent/child does not have to be affiliated with the University in any way to participate in LIFT's programs.
Are Children Of University Of Maryland Staff And Faculty Eligible For Tuition Remission?
No, tuition remission cannot be applied towards the cost of any LIFT program activities.
Will This Program Help My Child Gain Admissions To The University Of Maryland?
Participation in any LIFT program activities does not guarantee admission into a degree-seeking program at the University of Maryland.
What Happens If A Program Is Cancelled?
If enrollment minimums are not met, LIFT reserves the right to cancel any program up to one week before it is scheduled to begin. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, parents and students will be notified promptly and all application, program, and room and board expenses already paid will be refunded.
Does my child have to stay on campus during the summer program?
No. A student can be a commuter student for any of our summer programs. All students are expected to arrive on campus each day by 8:30am and report to their first period class. They are dismissed on Mondays – Thursdays at 5:00pm and on Fridays after the evening presentations.
Who will be supervising my child?
The LIFT program staff, and instructors
What if my child is absent or needs to leave campus?
Students who have prior knowledge of an upcoming absence, should inform the Program Coordinator of the absence(s). It will be the responsibility of the student to contact his/her instructors for any missed assignments.
What happens if a student becomes ill?
All students must complete an emergency contact form that includes health insurance policy numbers. If a student should become ill or injured, he/she will be taken to the Health Center located on campus or to the nearest hospital, depending on the severity of the injury or illness. A parent/guardian must make immediate arrangements to ensure quality care for a student. Although this form will facilitate a student's admittance to a health center, it does not permit the University of Maryland to assume responsibility for healthcare needs. A student can visit the Health Center any time during the hours of operation. Families will be billed for any services or treatment received. If a student misses class due to illness, he/she can request written proof from the Health Center to give to an instructor.
What classes are available during the summer?
Curriculum for our Summer Institutes can be found on the "Summer Program" of our LIFT page.
Can my child earn academic credit?
Academic credit is not offered. This is one of the ways LIFT is able to keep costs well below other academic summer programs.