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Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science

Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) are federally funded programs whose goal is to increase the academic performance and motivation levels of low-income and first-generation college students so that they can successfully pursue a post-secondary educational degree. Qualified UB students have access to additional resources and opportunities. T3 Alaska and the UB program are intricately linked. Every University of Alaska Upward Bound site is also a T3 Alaska site.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for both the UB/UBMS and T3 Alaska program.

If you are an interested parent, prospective student, or would just like to know more about Upward Bound at UAF, please view the information provided in the links below.

Learn more about Upward Bound

Upward Bound at UAF

The University of Alaska Fairbanks campus has been home to the Upward Bound program for over 50 years. The grant funded Upward Bound  project reaches across the state to assist eligible students in small, rural high schools. The program attempts to improve the graduation rates of high school students and increase the number of graduates who continue on to enter post-secondary education, especially Universities and colleges. Upward Bound offers a school year program that works with 10 high schools in Alaska called “target schools”.

Target Schools

Our target schools are Bethel, Brevig Mission, Chevak, Haines, Kipnuk, North Pole, Quinhagak, Seward, Shishmaref, and Wrangell. The program also conducts a six-week academic camp on the UAF campus during the summer.

Who UB Serves

Upward Bound serves roughly 160 low-income, first generation college students who demonstrate potential for academic success. Services offered in UB target schools include tutorial sessions, educational/recreational & cultural events, group activities, exploration of post-secondary education opportunities & visits to campuses, financial aid application assistance, and participation in the six-week summer program on the UAF campus.

Summer Program

The residential summer program emphasizes academic development for 50 students from our target schools and strengthens opportunities for enrollment in post-secondary education programs. The summer experience helps UB students become familiar with the UAF campus, residence life, the type and level of services provided, while also placing a heavy emphasis on academics.

Selection for the summer program is based on a UB student’s participation and demonstrated commitment to attend college as a full-time student within a year following high school graduation.  Students selected to attend will earn 6 – 7 college credits during the first six-week summer session at UAF. This program is only available to active Upward Bound Target School participants who have completed their junior year of high school and graduating seniors. Upward Bound Classic is a federally funded U.S. Department of Education TRIO program.

2024 Summer Program
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