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The Temple University Upward Bound Program will prepare Philadelphia Public and Charter High School students for admission to institutions for higher learning and success in the collegiate environment through intense academic enrichment, a summer college immersion experience, enhanced cognitive and critical thinking, and extensive interpersonal development through positive social interactions. The programs will enable students to set attainable goals and build self awareness, respect for diversity and healthy relationships with peers, staff, and professionals from industry and the community.

What is Upward Bound (UB):

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound is a year-round College Preparatory Program for motivated high school students attending public or charter schools in Philadelphia that

• Promotes and enables academic excellence
• Exposes students to colleges and career awareness
• Develops leadership skills
• Provides students with a six-week summer residential college experience
• Encourages positive social interactions with peers and authority figures

Upward Bound offers extensive support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their high school courses and co-curricular activities, and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. UB serves high school students from low-income families and/or from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Students must have an interest in enrolling in college. The goal of UB is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound has been highly successful in achieving its mission of preparing and graduating future college scholars.

Program Services:

• Instruction fundamental courses (e.g. math, science, composition,
foreign language, reading, writing, study skills) and other subjects
necessary for academic success
• Academic, financial, and personal counseling
• Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
• Tutorial and mentoring services
• Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
• Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
• Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
• Access to and preparation for internship
• A six week summer program
• College visits
• Personal, career, and skill development sessions

Applications for Upward Bound are accepted year round and are reviewed as participant openings occur. Typically these periods are in mid-September through mid-October and January through mid-March for current 9th and 10th grade students. Current 8th grade student applications will be reviewed April through June. Applicants must be current 8th, 9th or 10th grade students attending (or planning to attend) a Philadelphia public or charter high school. You may request more information and an application by emailing upwardbound@temple.edu.

Parents and potential applicants may join us for an application workshop on December 3rd at 1:30PM. Please, email us for details.