Brief Program Summary: Housed at IUPUI, the Upward Bound program is designed to bridge
the gap between high school and college. Upward Bound helps students prepare for college from
admissions to academics to campus life by:
• Providing academic skill instruction in math, science, and language arts.
• Making available tutoring and academic counseling for all participants.
• Making a positive impact on test scores and grade point averages of students with a
special emphasis on math, science, and language arts.
• Exposing students to new academic, social, and cultural learning experiences.
• Enhancing the overall personal and academic development of all participants.
• Instilling a positive attitude and appreciation toward lifelong learning.
• Assisting participants and parents/guardians with the preparation of college applications
and financial aid forms.
To qualify for Upward Bound, students must: Be enrolled in the 9th or 10th grade. Have a GPA of
at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Meet federal income
guidelines. Be a first-generation college student. Enroll in the Indiana Core 40 curriculum in high
school. Have a strong desire to attend college. Complete the Upward Bound application process.
Be enrolled in one of the following high schools: Arsenal Technical, Warren Central, Emmerich
Summer Academy: During the summer, participants are offered the opportunity to live the college
experience. Students take academic classes and live in residential housing on the IUPUI campus.
Summer Academy exposes participants not only to challenges and fun but also offers students
the chance to gain a sense of independence, improve social interaction skills, and most
importantly, lessen the anxiety of their future college experience. By participating, students will
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receive one-on-one mentoring and advising, engage in tutoring and study sessions, visit colleges
and universities in the region, take classes that give the foundation to succeed in college, socialize
with other students and learn about different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, take trips to
museums, philharmonic concerts, the theater, and more, volunteer in the community, take part in
leadership development workshops and conferences, explore career opportunities, and learn
more about the college admissions and financial aid processes.
Success Metrics: Education: Access for underrepresented populations, Completion, Dropout
prevention, K-12 education, Postsecondary education, Retention, School readiness, STEM