About Upward Bound

Upward Bound students in Chicago in front of lake

Upward Bound History

Since 1965, The Ohio State University Upward Bound Program has been instrumental in helping Columbus City high school students achieve their goals. Federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound offers students the opportunity to excel not only in 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.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Ohio State University Upward Bound Program is to instill and foster the necessary skills, talents, and motivation needed for each participant to successfully graduate from high school and enroll in and complete their post-secondary education. Each student will be encouraged to take full advantage of their Upward Bound experience while continuously improving their level of preparation for the next stage in their academic career. The Upward Bound Program is intentionally designed to empower students to take a proactive role in education and excel far beyond their idealized potential.

Intended Purposes

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Cultural Exposure
  • Community Service
  • College Experience
  • Build Socialization & Communication Skills