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Upward Bound


Upward Bound student

Upward Bound student.

Saturday Academy Dates

SPRING 2017:

  • January 28*

  • February 4, 11, 18, 25

  • March 4, 11

  • April 1, 8, 22, 29

  • May 6

  • *Please Note:This is a Mandatory Orientation

"Upward Bound was life changing. I came in clueless about the world and I finished capable of conquering it." - Johanna Rafael Perdomo, Northwestern HS Class of 2012, University of Maryland undergraduate student.

The Upward Bound Program provides academic and career counseling to students toward the goals of admission to and graduation from four-year post-secondary institutions.  The Upward Bound Program supplements its participants’ secondary school experiences by creating opportunities for students to gain self-esteem by enhancing their academic and social skills.

The Upward Bound Program consists of two components:

  1. The six-week summer session provides students opportunities to live in University of Maryland residence halls and attend academic classes in the areas of mathematics, science, composition, reading, foreign languages and study skills.

  2. The academic year sessions provide students further academic instruction, tutoring and counseling as a follow-up to summer activities. Additional services are also available during this time.

The Upward Bound Program is open to students who are entering grades 9 or currently in grade 9, have academic need, and desire to attend college.

Students must attend (or plan to attend) one of the following high schools:

  • Bladensburg H.S.

  • Central H.S.

  • High Point H.S.

  • Northwood H.S.

  • Northwestern H.S.

  • Parkdale H.S.

All applicants must also satisfy low-income criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education and/or meet potential first generation college student status.

To apply:

  1. Sumbit a Upward Bound (UB) application,

  2. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation,

  3. Write a personal essay stating interest in program participation.

  4. Request a copy of your high school transcript (or middle school if you are a rising 9th grader).

  5. Request a copy of relevant standardized test records.

  6. Include family financial verification, i.e., a copy of the most recent 1040 form or proof of income benefits (i.e., social security, public assistance).

  7. Applications for UB are accepted year round.