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Upward Bound Math-Science


Mr. Ryan C. Hill


Target Schools are:

  • Bell H.S.

  • Fairmont Heights H.S.

  • Potomac H.S.

  • Watkins Mill H.S.

Pre-College Programs student

Pre-College Programs student in UMD classroom.

2017 Saturday Academy Dates


  • January 28*

  • February 18, 25

  • March 11

  • April 8, 29

  • May 6

  • *Please Note: Mandatory Orientation Day

"Participating in UBMS has impacted my life by providing me with many opportunities to expand my knowledge and gain needed help. Throughout my time here U have met great people, I have learned to open up, and I have learned that it's okay to ask for help." - Caroline Boisseau, Potomac HS Class of 2013, University of Maryland undergraduate student.

Upward Bound Math-Science Program

The Upward Bound Math-Science Program provides academic and career counseling to students who are interested in careers in mathematics and the sciences.  Our goal is to prepare students for admission to and graduation from four-year, post-secondary institutions. The Upward Bound Math-Science Program is designed to supplement its participants’ secondary school experiences, by providing opportunities for students to gain self-esteem through the enhancement of their academic and social skills.

The Upward Bound Math-Science Program consists of two components:

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.

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

The Upward Bound Math-Science Program is open to students who are in grades 9 through 11, have a 2.50 GPA, a desire to attend to college, and may be interested in math and science careers. Students must attend one of the following high schools:

  • Bell Multicultural H.S. (DC)

  • Watkins Mill H.S. (MD)

  • Fairmont Heights H.S.(MD)

  • Potomac H.S. (MD)

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

To apply:

  1. Submit a Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) Program aplication.

  2. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation but one must be from a math or science teacher.

  3. Write a personal essay stating interest in program participation and also what math or science field of interest.

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

  5. Request a copy of the relevant standardized test records (HSA, MSA, PSAT, etc.).

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

  7. Applications for UBMS are accepted year round.