A Federal TRIO Program

Program Components

Academic Year Program

During the academic year, students meet monthly with an advisor at their high schools, work with tutors on school assignments, attend campus visits and attend a variety of Campus Experience Institutes (CEIs) held on Saturdays. Ongoing activities include:

  • museum tours
  • concerts, recitals, and plays
  • leadership conferences
  • college and career fairs
  • community service events
  • cultural awareness activities
  • college entrance exam test preparation

Upward Bound students also have access to fee deferments, including waivers for SAT and ACT fees.


Non-Bridge Summer Institute

The Non-Bridge Summer Institute is an intensive six-week academic program that gives participants a chance to experience college life while preparing for their upcoming school year. All students take five academic classes in English, Math, Science, a world language and an elective course in Financial Literacy.  After classes, students have a chance to finish all their homework with the help of tutors during our supervised study hall period.

In the evenings, students participate in a series of cultural and educational field trips throughout the summer.  We also offer a variety of social activities each week, including swimming, rock climbing, basketball, video game tournaments and more.

During the Summer Institute, students share a room in a university residence hall with other participants and interact with instructors and residence hall advisors. 

Students qualify for this program based on grades in school and participation in CEIs. All expenses are paid, including meals and housing.


Summer Bridge Program

High-school seniors who have been admitted to a university or college may attend the Summer Bridge Program, which assists with the transition from high school to college. Participants enroll in college courses, attend study seminars, and meet with an Upward Bound advisor. 



Welcome to KU Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science - LT!

KU Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science - LT are federally funded college access programs that provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Our programs provide opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Our goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.


Tutoring Services

KU UB and UBMS-LT is pleased to offer tutoring via Tutor.com. Tutoring is offered 24/7. Click here to enter our tutoring services. **Please note that only current UB and UBMS-LT students may use these services!** 

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