Upward Bound meets with
Deputy Assistant Secretary

Upwardbound staff pose with Dr. James Minor

On January 26, 2016, staff and several students from both Ohio State University TRIO Upward Bound Programs had an opportunity to have a roundtable discussion with Dr. James Minor, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Programs as well as other program directors and students from similar programs at Ohio State. (Read more on Dr. Minor's visit.)

picture of Chicago skyline and Upward Bound students

General Information

The Upward Bound Program is part of the federal TRiO programs, which are educational opportunity outreach programs. TRiO programs are designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

Since 1965, The Ohio State University Upward Bound Program has been instrumental in helping Columbus City high school students achieve their goals. A program federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound offers students the opportunity to excel in not only high school, but also in college and beyond. Students can apply and be accepted into the program at the end of their eighth grade year thru their eleventh grade year in high school. The Upward Bound Program lays a strong academic and social foundation and prepares students for college.

Throughout the academic year and summer component, mathematics, science, language arts, and foreign language classes are taught and provide academic enrichment for all program participants. Additionally, students take an enrichment course that focuses on topics such as financial aid, scholarships, resume writing, choosing a college major and/or career, ACT/SAT preparation, and study skills. This enrichment course, as well as various cultural, educational, and recreational program-sponsored activities also gives focus to building life skills such as relationship building, leadership, communication, and etiquette.

During the summer component of Upward Bound, students participate in a six-week enrichment institute. During these six weeks, students take core-subject classes, electives, attend program-sponsored career day and college fair events, and college visits. Eligible graduating seniors participate in the Upward Bound Bridge Program which affords them the opportunity to take actual college courses at The Ohio State University for six (6) hours of transferrable college credit. The Upward Bound Program is a great opportunity for young people to enhance their academic abilities, set short-term and long-term goals, and go to college!

Program Benefits

Beyond the opportunity to partake in a positive, motivating, college focused environment, members of The Ohio State University Upward Bound Program family receive intensive year round academic preparation, tutoring services, and test preparation for the Ohio Graduation Test, ACT and SAT. Furthermore, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in college/cultural tours and personal/career development activities and workshops during Saturday Academy sessions and the Upward Bound Summer Institute.

In addition to services provided to students, The Ohio State University Upward Bound Parent Involvement Team (PIT Crew) serves as a venue in which parents are provided the opportunity to learn more about the critical steps needed for their children to successfully graduate from high school, enroll in, and graduate from college. The PIT Crew also enables parents to network, find support, and provide assistance for one another as their children successfully transition to college. The Parent Involvement Team runs as a separate entity within the Upward Bound Program. The parents are in leadership positions, meet regularly, manage their own budget, participate in scholarship fundraising efforts, and encourage one another as they navigate successful high school completion and college admissions with their child(ren).

To learn how to become a part of the OSU UB PIT Crew, contact us at 614-292-2344.

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The Upward Bound Program encourages all students to seek outside educational support at their home school during Homework Help hours, during athletic teams’ study halls, and using online resources. See the UB Academic Counselor for a complete list of locations/times, and online resources. For more tutoring information, click here.