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Program Outcomes

Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) have documented outcomes. Some of our highlighted areas are:

Secondary School Retention and Graduation

95% of project participants have continued in school for the next academic year at the next grade level, or have graduated from high school with a regular high school diploma.

  • The Department of Education (DOE) standard is only 80%. This is an exceptional percentage since the average drop-out rate for our target schools is almost 30% according to the Maryland State Report Card.

College Enrollment

93% of current and prior UB and UBMS participants, who at the time of entrance into the program had an expected high school graduation date in the school year, have enrolled in a program of postsecondary education by the fall term immediately following high school graduation.

  • The DOE standard is only 85% and the national average is 68%, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.

College Persistence

96% of program participants who enrolled in a program of postsecondary education during the fall term immediately following high school graduation have enrolled for the fall term of the second academic year.

  • This surpasses the previous standard set by the DOE of 75%, and the current rate of 62% set by the state of Maryland, as well as the national average of 70% according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

College Completion

85% of participants who enrolled in a program of postsecondary eduaction by the fall term immediately following high school graduation, or by the next academic term, have attained either an associate's or bachelor's degree within six years following graduation from high school.

  • This is higher than the DOE standard of 75%, and considerably higher than the national average of 59% according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Student Testimonials

"I honestly don't know where I'd be college wise if it wasn't for Upward Bound. Everything I know about the college process I learned from the program. I truly value my time in the program and believe that more people should do it." - Gaddo Mantey, Fairmont Height HS Class of 2013, University of Maryland undergraduate student.

"Without Upward Bound there is a strong possibility that I would have never completed high school. Upward Bound helped me get my life on the right track and headed to college." - Lennox DaSilva, Bladensburg HS Class of 2012, Towson University undergraduate student.