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Upward Bound

Ohio University Upward Bound is a successful college access program that was established in 1967 and is sponsored by the US Department of Education. Upward Bound provides high school students who are potential first-generation college students with readiness skills and support services that cultivate resilience, confidence, and preparation for a healthy and successful transition to a postsecondary institution upon high school graduation.

The Program Phases:

  1. The Academic Year Phase is a nine-month period in which program participants meet on designated Saturdays during the school year. This phase is designed to provide additional academic support as well as personal and cognitive development. Students also receive assistance in preparing for the ACT/SAT, college applications, financial aid, and many more areas regarding academic and personal success. In addition, Upward Bound academic advisors travel to each school every month to provide advising to their UB students.
  2. The Summer Residential Phase is an intensive six-week program during which Upward Bound students live on campus in a university residence hall. Students enroll in academic courses, as well as study skills and fine art courses. These courses are designed to help students build academic and social skills that assist with the transition to a new grade level and ultimately to college upon high school graduation. Cultural, recreational, and social activities are also provided on the weekends.

Main Objectives:

  • Develop both academic and noncognitive strengths of our students  to  increase participation and persistence in a post-secondary institution upon high school graduation.
  • Increase motivation to attend college/post-secondary instituition by providing opportunities to explore colleges and career paths.
  • Foster social leadership and cultural awareness through diverse activities, workshops, and seminars.

Participating High Schools:

Ohio University Upward Bound serves 17 high schools in the following counties: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Ross, and Vinton counties.
  • Alexander HS
  • Athens HS
  • Chillicothe HS
  • Crooksville HS
  • Eastern HS
  • Federal Hocking HS
  • Jackson HS
  • Logan-Hocking HS
  • Meigs HS
  • Miller HS
  • Morgan HS
  • Nelsonville-York HS
  • New Lexington HS
  • River Valley HS
  • Southern HS
  • Trimble HS
  • Vinton County HS


Office Contact Information:
     Upward Bound
Phone: 740-593-0728
     1 Ohio University
     McCracken Hall 125
Toll Free: 1-866-593-0728
Fax: 740-593-0714
     Athens, OH 45701