The University of Pennsylvania Upward Bound Program was established in 1979. It is conducted on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The goals of the program are accomplished by offering services that cultivate high levels of academic performance, promote self- esteem and facilitate students' development of their long-range educational and career goals. The program's objectives are achieved through highly structured individual educational plans that are implemented through the Academic Year Component and the Summer Residential Component.
Students meet on Penn's campus every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. throughout the school year, beginning in October and ending in May. Upward Bound requires all students to make a commitment to participate in every activity provided by the program. These activities are designed to develop skills necessary for success in college. The program concentrates on developing students' critical thinking, reading, writing, and math skills. In addition, the Upward Bound Program includes participation in a variety of extra-curricular activities such as community service, academic competitions, content tutoring, mentoring, cultural enrichment programs and other college preparatory workshops. The academic year component provides students a comprehensive support system that assists them in achieving academic excellence and inspires lifelong learning relevant to a changing global society.