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Upward Bound

Conyngham Student Center • 570-408-3232 (T) • 570-408-4907 (F) • Email

Upward Bound gives young people the opportunity to succeed in high school and prepare for college. It has been at Wilkes University since 1967.

In 1981, the nonprofit Council for Opportunity in Education formed to further the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO Programs, which are funded by the US Department of Education, to help Americans enter college and graduate.

Federal TRIO Programs such as Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, Veteran's Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) help students to overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.

The programs help students choose a college and complete applications; tutor; help with personal, financial, and career counseling; provide workplace and college visits; give special instruction in reading, writing, study skills and mathematics; help apply for financial aid; and give academic assistance in high school, high school re-enty, or college situations.

To be eligible for acceptance into Upward Bound, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Show academic promise and enthusiasm toward learning.
  • Be in the 10th grade in high school.
  • Meet certain educational and economic criteria set by the US Department of Education.

Upward Bound students
  • improve and build basic academic skills.
  • receive information to help choose and apply to college.
  • learn to succeed.
  • motivate themselves to work hard.
  • become responsible for themselves.

The Academic year runs from September to May.

Students come to the Wilkes University campus one evening per week to attend two Academic classes and receive guidance and counseling services. Students are enrolled in classes such as mathematics, reading, history, composition, computer science, and science. They also explore future career goals and begin to form college plans.

The course selected for each student is based on the academic schedule they have in their home school. In addition to weekly classes, Upward Bound has an ongoing tutoring program at no cost to the student. Most of the tutors are upper class students enrolled at Wilkes University. Current students in need of a tutor are asked to contact our Academic Coordinator.


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