UBP staff work with students in many areas providing program opportunities for its participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.

Operating remotely

Upward Bound Programs at the University Park, Berks, and Hazleton campuses are operating remotely through spring 2022. Our staff remain dedicated to providing academic support and programming for our students in the Hazleton, Mifflin County, Mount Union, Newport, Reading, and Steelton-Highspire high schools, via Zoom, Google classrooms, and Remind.

Our Programs

Upward Bound Programs is excited to announce the addition of two new projects - Upward Bound Altoona (UBA) and Upward Bound Clairton/McKeesport (UBCM) WEST - joining the three existing programs - Upward Bound (UB), Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) and Upward Bound Migrant (UBM) EAST in the Hazleton, Mifflin County, Mount Union, Newport, Reading, and Steelton-Highspire high schools. 

Upward Bound Programs Summer StudentsWho qualifies?

Through an application process, Upward Bound Programs staff will consider students who:

  • Attend school in one of the following districts with which the Programs work:
    • Altoona
    • Clairton
    • McKeesport
    • Hazleton
    • Mifflin County
    • Mount Union
    • Newport
    • Reading
    • Steelton-Highspire
  • Are currently enrolled as a freshmen or sophomore
  • Have a demonstrated academic need
  • Possess the ability and desire to pursue education after high school
  • Come from families where parents/guardians did not graduate from college.

Our Achievements

Over 800 Students

75% College Enrollment

50% College Graduation Within Six Years

Upward Bound Programs - Upward Bound, Upward Bound Migrant, and Upward Bound Math and Science, are offered through federal grants totaling $1,234,550 annually through the U.S. Department of Education, with facilities and administrative support provided by The Pennsylvania State University. Upward Bound Programs also have partnerships with organizations in the communities served.