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About Upward Bound

The Upward Bound (UB) program at Southwestern University is a year-round, multi-year program for high school students who have the potential to succeed in college. UB’s goal is to assist participants to enroll in and graduate from college. UB serves a total of 50 students from East View, Georgetown, Granger and Jarrell High Schools per year.

UB scholars visit with their academic advisor on a weekly basis, attend two UB Saturday sessions per month during the academic year, and participate in a six-week academic program in the summer. All services are provided free of charge.

Who We Serve

To be eligible, students must:

  • be a US citizen or permanent resident, 
  • attend East View, Georgetown, Granger or Jarrell High School, 
  • come from a family that meets low-income requirements and/or where neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, and
  • have a need for academic support in order to go to college.

Our History

Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that is designed to motivate and support eligible students to enter and graduate from college. Established in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, Upward Bound is the first of eight TRIO programs.

There are over 900 Upward Bound programs nationwide and 80 in Texas. Upward Bound was established at Southwestern University in 1999.