Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Programs is comprised of the Upward Bound (UB), Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS), and LIFT Programs. Nearly 100% of our students attend college (96%), many receiving prestigious awards, such as Gates Millennium and Posse scholarships. Our students come from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds, many from immigrant families and most are future first generation college students.

What Is Upward Bound?


The Upward Bound Program is a federally and state funded educational program that provides academic and counseling services to students in preparation for post-secondary education. The University of Maryland's program is one of the nation's largest and longest funded and is cited as a model for other institutions.

What Is the Purpose of Upward Bound?


The purpose of Upward Bound is to supplement our students secondary school experiences by providing opportunities for academic, social, and emotional development in preparation for college. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

What Is Upward Bound Math & Science?


The Upward Bound Math & Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math or science professions.

What Is The Purpose of Upward Bound Math & Science?


The Upward Bound Math & Science Program (UBMS) was initiated in 1990 and designed to prepare students for careers in math and science.

What Is The LIFT program?


LIFT's summer and academic year programs serve as a supplement to a student's high school experiences by creating more opportunities for students to become college ready and build their academic and social skills. With college admissions becoming more and more competitive, students need every advantage (or LIFT) possible in order to excel beyond their high school years. LIFT Program offers SAT Prep courses, Tutoring Services and College Tours.

See the The Pre-College Programs Assessment Plan for more information.

"I never really thought that I would actually get into college. Then, I started Upward Bound and I have grown and blossomed...I brought my grades up when I thought I couldn't, and I have made amazing and accepting friends who have the same goals as I do. I want to be a model for my little brother and show him that with a little push and hard work he can be anything and be rewarded in the end. UB family - Thank you!"
- Carmen Uranga, Montgomery Blair HS Class of 2013, Trinity Washington University