What does Upward Bound do?
The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and, ultimately, in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
What are the benefits of Upward Bound?
The Upward Bound program helps to generate skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low-income and potential first-generation college students.
Why was Upward Bound created?
Upward Bound emerged as one of a cluster of programs by the Johnson Administration and the "War on Poverty". The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was the first major policy proposal from the Johnson Administration but it included several elements that had been considered previously by Congress.
Why should I apply to Upward Bound?
Upward Bound is a program for high school students who may need assistance to do well in high school and get into college. It is part of “TRiO,” a group of student-outreach programs funded by the federal government. You have the potential to go to college — Upward Bound can give you the resources to get on your way!
What is the difference between Upward Bound (UB) and Educational Talent Search (ETS)?
The primary difference between UB and ETS is the individual services.
UCI Upward Bound has a cohort of 65 students across three high schools. We provide one-on-one advising "as needed" throughout the academic year to all 65 students. While a freshman or sophomore may meet with UB staff once a month, during their junior and senior year of high school, a student may meet with UB staff as often as once a week in preparation for SAT/ACT testing, AP testing, college applications, scholarship applications, and university essay questions and interviews. In addition, during the summer, students receive “college-prep” instruction in four academic areas (math, lab science, composition/writing, and foreign language). The goal is to support and prepare students to go to college by ensuring they are prepared for the upcoming academic year in high school. Students in Upward Bound programs receive college planning counseling (academic, financial, and personal), tutoring, mentoring, test prep assistance, aid with their college applications and the college admissions process, and access to volunteer or work/study opportunities that expose them to pre-college career education.
Similarly, Educational Talent Search's goal is to reduce the high-school-dropout rates of while simultaneously increasing college-enrollment rates of those wanting to get into college. They, too, provide students with academic, career, financial counseling, and assist on a number of other aspects of college planning/college prep: preparation for college entrance exams, mentoring, obtaining financial aid, visiting college campuses, and applying to college. However, due to the volume of students in their cohort, the one-on-one advising is limited. If you have specific questions about ETS, please visit their website here (link: https://www.fullerton.edu/talentsearch/)
Can I be in UB and ETS at the same time?
Unfortunately, not at this time. Although UB and ETS are sister programs, due to similar events, projects and activities, we cannot share participants. The best thing to do is review each program’s services and choose which program is best for your needs.