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About Upward Bound at WOU

group pictureUpward Bound is a college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Eligible high school students receive tutoring, counseling and classroom instruction designed to help them enter and successfully complete a post-secondary program. During the school year, academic services are provided on a weekly basis. Educational workshops and field trips for cultural, career, educational and recreational experiences are also included. During the summer, students attend a six-week residential school. Students live in the residence halls during the week, then spend the weekends at home. The summer program consists of classroom instruction, discussion groups, recreational and cultural activities, college visitations and college admissions assistance. There is no cost to the student. The United Sates Department of Education and Western Oregon University pay all costs. Students may receive a small stipend for regular participation.


Who is eligible

(Note: It is the policy of Western Oregon University and the Upward Bound program that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national origin, age, or disability be subjected to any discrimination prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972, or other applicable laws and regulations.)


The application process

Students begin by completing an Eligibility Sheet and returning it to an Upward Bound staff member or school coordinator. This form is used to screeen for initial elegibility. If the student meets initial eligibility requirements, he/she will be asked to complete an Upward Bound Application, which includes an essay, teacher recommendation, and parental tax information. Students in the application process should attend the weekly meeting/tutoring sessions to demonstrate their commitment to the program. The program has limited space and not all students will be admitted.


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