Upward Bound

Upward Bound supports and challenges high school students in their efforts to apply and gain admission to college. They are designed to help first-generation and/or low-income students who are enrolled in the Rochester City School District. Each year a theme is chosen as the foundation for student-driven research, instruction, and projects.

Students selected to participate in Upward Bound are expected to attend all program events and activities. Activities take place after school, on some weekends, and during the summer. Students apply for our programs in the spring of their ninth-grade year and remain in the program until their sophomore year in college.

Program Eligibility

An applicant must be a:

  • Ninth- or tenth-grader at East or Monroe High Schools (Upward Bound Classic)
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Potential first-generation college student (i.e., the residential parent does not have a four-year college degree) or low-income according to federal guidelines

In the classic Upward Bound program students will participate in:

  • Cultural events, academic programs, and other educational activities
  • Activities designed to acquaint students with a wide range of career options
  • Mentoring programs involving school teachers, faculty members at the University of Rochester, college students, and other professionals
  • Programs and activities for individuals with limited proficiency in English
  • A summer instructional component designed to simulate a college-going experience

Program Application

2024 applications are open now:

Student Application: Apply Online 

Parent/Guardian Application: Apply Online

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