Upward Bound: a pre-college program

Upward Bound Programs


Academic Year  Summer Program  Bridge Program


Academic Year


Each school year from September to May, Upward Bound staff provide students with the following services:

  • Academic tutoring and homework assistance
  • Academic progress monitoring
  • Individual counseling for academic or personal concerns
  • Academic improvement with college/university-level skills training
  • College and career exploration
  • Access to academic and cultural activities
  • Access to a variety of community involvement and service activities
  • College entrance exam preparation
  • College admissions, registrations and navigation
  • Assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications

Students meet with UB Education Specialists weekly on Saturdays for College Prep. In addition, Education Specialists meet with students at individual schools during the week as necessary.

students watching a chemistry demonstration

Saturday College Prep

Students meet every Saturday during the academic year for College Prep, which typically includes a study hall, individual and group tutoring, and, as often as possible, specialized experiences.
Picture: Students attend a science day with students in the Weber State science teaching class at Tracy Hall in Fall 2022.
students at The Nutcracker ballet

Cultural Activities

As often as possible, Upward Bound students are invited to participate in fun cultural activities in the Ogden/Davis community. These activities are intended to provide students with opportunities they may not otherwise have without Upward Bound.
Picture: These students visited Capitol Theater in Salt Lake to see The Nutcracker ballet in December 2021.
students volunteering at the soup kitchen

Community Service

We invite students to participate in organized community service at least twice per semester and track their hours for future scholarships and college admissions.
Picture: A small group of students volunteered to serve dinner at The Lantern House soup kitchen in Ogden, February 2023.
student posing in front of the Upward Bound office

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Each year, we work closely with our Senior class to procure financial aid and scholarships for college.
Picture: Class of 2023 Senior poses in front of the UB Office, proud his FAFSA is complete.
students at a college tour

College Tours & Visits

Upward Bound provides as many opportunities as possible for students to visit other Utah colleges and special events at those schools.
Picture: Our Juniors and Seniors attended a tour of the University of Utah in October 2022.
female students at SheTech conference


Female students are invited to attend the SheTech conference  each year. This event is designed to highlight professional women in STEM careers and "activate, engage and inspire high school girls into STEM degrees and successful careers." This photo is from February 2023.

Summer Program


Upward Bound students are committed to participating in the six-week summer residential academic program during June and July each year. Week one is an academic, out-of-state field trip designed to visit colleges, participate in hands-on learning activities, explore different careers, and expand horizons.

The next 5 weeks is the residential portion of the summer. Students live on campus at Weber State University Monday-Friday and attend classes in math, science, English, foreign languages, and more. In addition, students participate in evening activities that include community service, team building, physical education, individual and group discussions, and social activities.


students in california

San Diego

California 2022
students at mount rushmore

Mount Rushmore

South Dakota 2019
students posting before San Francisco bridge

San Francisco

California 2018
students in front of San Diego sign

San Diego

California 2017
students in front of giant rock at beach

Cannon Beach

Oregon 2016
students in front of Universal Studios Sign

Los Angeles

California 2014


Bridge Program


Upward Bound provides a bridge from high school to college for all senior students. During the academic year, Bridge students are guided through college admissions, registration, scholarships, financial aid, and continued skill-building to ensure their success at entering and completing a post-secondary degree.

Following graduation from high school, Bridge students are enrolled in summer college courses specifically designed to introduce them to the rigor required for success in college. These courses are provided at no cost to students through the federal grant. Bridge students are guided by a coordinator who provides academic counseling and general aid in preparing for college.

WSU UB Bridge 2020 students