Upward Bound


Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education. The Upward Bound Program at North Carolina A&T State University was established in 1966. The purpose of Upward Bound is to generate in participants the skills and motivation necessary for success in postsecondary education programs.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for Upward Bound, applicants must:

  • Meet family economic and parent education status criteria
  • Attend one of the target schools: T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point, James B. Dudley High School or Ben L. Smith High School in Greensboro, and be enrolled in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade
  • Show an academic need for program services



Services and activities include:

  • Instruction and tutoring in college preparatory classes
  • Counseling
  • Academic Advisement
  • College visits
  • Career exploration
  • Cultural activities
  • Assistance with the college and financial aid application process (seniors)

Program Components

  • Six-week summer residential program
  • Nine-month academic year program
  • Five-week summer Bridge program (for program graduates)