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Upward Bound (UB) is a pre-college program for low-income and potential first-generation college students. Scholars of Upward Bound build academic skills that help in successfully pursuing post-secondary education. The program is free to particpants.

Teachers, counselors, and social service agencies recommend eighth grade students who will attend either Grand Rapids Creston or Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills high schools. Upward Bound staff then select the students with academic potential displaying a need for the program services. Please select "How to Apply" for further information regarding the application.

Benefits of Upward Bound

Upward Bound emphasizes developing skills in reading, writing, math, foreign language and science. The program gives high school students a chance to learn about college life while developing skills necessary for success in college. Academic, career, and personal counseling are also provided to the participants.

During the regular academic school year, students meet with Upward Bound staff (teachers, counselors and tutors) through classes, home visits, counseling sessions, enrichment activities, and tutoring sessions. During daily Upward Bound classes, students receive academic, personal and career advising. Students can also participate in campus visits, seminars, conferences and workshops that will help prepare them for college acceptance and success.

The summer component of Upward Bound consists of students living on the campus of a local college for six weeks and taking academic classes at GRCC. While participating in the summer program, students are exposed to a variety of academic, social and cultural enrichment activities.

Parents of our Upward Bound participants also become involved in many activities, including cultural events, seminars, financial aid workshops, and a Parental Advisory Board. Upward Bound assists parents in encouraging their children to be independent, critical, and positive thinkers striving for excellence in their academic, social, and cultural endeavors.