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UMD Students on McKeldin Mall

Pre-College Programs

Upward Bound and Lift Academy

We provide services to mitigate economic and social, inequities that impact access to higher education.

About Us


The Upward Bound Program is a federally funded and state supported educational program that provides academic and counseling services to students in preparation for post-secondary education.

A view of the Sundial on the Mall with student activity on an unseasonably warm winter day.

The purpose of Upward Bound is to supplement our students secondary school experience by providing opportunities for academic, social, and emotional development in preparation for college.

Two female students sitting along ODK Fountain with McKeldin Library in the background.

Lift Academy's summer and academic year programs serve as a supplement to a student's high school experience by creating more opportunities for students to become college ready and build their academic and social skills.

Upward Bound At A Glance

retention rate
98% Pre-College Student Retention Rate
persistence rate
96% Undergrad Student Persistent Rate
View from Above, Students working in the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center
College Tours
Hand holding a pencil over a notebook, out of focus student in the background.
SAT Prep
View from above of students working on laptop computers with notebooks and papers on a tabletop during class with Department of Human Development (College of Education) professor Melanie Killen in her Social and Moral Development Laboratory.
Tutor Support

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