Students Helping Students

Upward Bound

We Are:

A federally funded TRIO Program sponsored by the US Department of Education.
Established at North Carolina A&T State University in 1966.

Upward Bound Dance Class
One of six courses held across the North Carolina A&T campus.

Our Purpose:

To generate in participants the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in postsecondary education.

Our Goal:

Participants will graduate high school, enroll in college, and graduate from a postsecondary institution.

Who We Serve:

  • High school students from low-wealth families and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
  • High school students who are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education.
  • High school students who have limited English proficiency or disabilities.
  • High School students who are homeless, in foster care, or are disconnected youth.

Our Program Components:

  • Six-week summer residential program
  • Nine-month academic year program
  • Five-week summer Bridge program (for approved graduates)
"It has taught me accountability."
- Isaiah Bigelow, Class of 2018



Our Services and Activities Include:

  • Instruction in Mathematics, Sciences, Composition, Literature, and Foreign Language
  • Tutoring and Academic Advisement
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Work-Study Program
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • College Exploration and Tours
  • Service Learning Opportunities
  • Career Exploration
  • College, Financial Aid, and Scholarship Application Assistance

Upward Bound student

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for Upward Bound, applicants must:

• Meet family, economic, and parent education status criteria
• Attend one of the target high schools: T. Wingate Andrews, James B. Dudley or Ben L. Smith
• Be a rising 9th through 12th-grade student
• Show an academic need for program services