Frequently Asked Questions

What is Upward Bound?
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree; and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education.

What occurs during the Academic Year Program?
Between September and May, students meet at the college on selected Saturdays. Transportation and breakfast (and sometimes lunch) are provided to participants for Saturday sessions. ENMU UB also provides tutoring, college tours, cultural tours, community speakers and individual academic advisement to our participants.

What is the Summer Program?
During the summer, students live in campus residence halls and are immersed in a concentrated, challenging and supportive learning environment. They enroll in college preparatory classes in Mathematics, Literature, Study Skills/Careers, Science, a Foreign Language and other elective courses. Supervised silent study, study labs, field trips and recreational activities are integral parts of the Program. A team of adult college students (resident advisors and tutors) provides twenty-four hour supervision in the residence halls and is available for individual tutoring and advisement.

Will I receive High School Credit?
Students who complete the summer component may have eligibility for an elective credit. Check with your guidance counselor for more information.

Why would I want to participate in Upward Bound?
Students gain new experiences and participate in intensive and interesting courses with students from other high schools. Engage in the study labs and tutorials. Define for yourself why college is the most important step you can make as a young adult.

Where do we live during the summer?
Students will live in a college residence hall for six weeks supervised by college students. Each student has one roommate. Male students/staff live on the one floor and female students/staff live on another floor. Three balanced meals per day plus snacks are provided.

Is tutoring available?
Individual tutoring in Math, English and Elective Courses provided after class during the summer component. During the academic year, we will provide a tutor when needed by students.

What does the program cost?
Participation in the Program is free of charge. Funding for the Upward Bound, a federal educational opportunity program, comes from the U.S. Department of Education.