The University of Pennsylvania High School Upward Bound Program is a college preparatory program designed to motivate and prepare students in the program for the successful pursuit of a four-year college education. The goal of the program is to increase the rate at which low-income, first-generation-to-college students enroll in and graduate from a college or university with a bachelor's degree. The mission of the program is to provide high school students in grades 9th – 12th, at the identified high schools, with academic, career and cultural enrichment resources and programming to assist students to graduate from high school and increase the rate at which low income, first generation college students matriculate and graduate from post secondary institutions.
The Upward Bound program is funded by the U. S. Department of Education, under Title IV of the Higher Education Act known as a TRIO, program to serve 92 students. The program is administered under the Vice Provost for University Life's Office of Equity and Access Programs.
2013-2014 Academic Year Program
Our 2013-2014 Upward Bound Program began on October 1st. It has been a very engaging and exciting academic year with new instructors and a new curriculum along with college prep workshops, partnerships with University of Pennsylvania student groups, and local college and university visits.
Summer Residential Component
The summer residential component is six weeks of intensive instruction. The program runs from late June through the end of July. Students attend classes in with a rigorous curriculum that includes composition, literature, mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory science, technology, foreign language, history and other subjects. In addition, workshops are offered on such topics as financial aid and financial literacy, college selection, reading/study skills, speech/communications, journalism, drama, and art. During the summer, students also participate in local and out-of state field trips to other college campuses, museums, musical concerts, and various career environments. In addition, students participate in recreational activities that may include tennis, swimming, basketball, and intramural competition.