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Upward Bound

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Target Schools

Upward Bound proudly serves the following high schools:

  • Comanche
  • De Leon
  • Dublin
  • Gustine
  • Huckabay
  • Iredell
  • Lingleville
  • Stephenville

Upward Bound is one of several TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  These programs were designed to provide a wide range of academic and cultural enrichment for participants. All Upward Bound projects must provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language.

In our 33 years on the Tarleton campus, we have provided a wide-range of free services that have helped hundreds of high school students within our target schools gain the necessary skills and motivation to pursue a post-secondary education.

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and post-secondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.

Program Components

Upward Bound provides services during the academic year and the summer. During the academic year, meetings are held two Saturdays a month from September through May on the Tarleton campus. Throughout the summer, participants engage in secondary and postsecondary classroom learning and participate in cultural and educational activities. The five-week summer residential program provides invaluable opportunities for students to experience learning in a college environment. Students must participate in both components to maintain eligibility for program services.

Post Graduation Bridge

The Summer Bridge program is offered to those who have graduated from high school and are accepted to a post-secondary education in the fall. Upward Bound will pay for a course for college credit that may be transferred to the college of their choice.


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Get Prepared

The college application and financial aid process can be complicated. We will help you with:

  • College applications
  • FASFA (Federal Financial Aid Application)
  • Scholarship applications
  • Assistance with the transition
  • College enrollment and registration
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Excel Academically

A strong high school foundation is essential to college success. Let Upward Bound ease the transition and prepare you for success with service like:

  • Tutorials and study skills development
  • Engaging academic classes
  • Academic monitoring with student accountability
  • Educational and community service activities
  • In-depth SAT and ACT preparation with fee waiver availability
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Obtain Real Experience

Upward Bound is uniquely designed to provide you with multiple opportunities to prepare you for success in postsecondary education and find a meaningful career. Through this program you will:

  • Tour college campuses.
  • Engage in readiness activities.
  • Meet professionals in careers that interest you.
  • Participate in a summer residential program on the Tarleton campus in Stephenville.
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After Joining Upward Bound, I have made many new friends most of which I talk with daily, I am also more social than ever accepting situations in which I would have never been comfortable in before. On top of all of that college has become more of reality than ever.

Cord Lester