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What is Upward Bound?

The Upward Bound (UB) Program is a federally-funded TRiO program, which was established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1965. Purchase College has received continual funding for the Upward Bound Program since 1999. Upward Bound prepares underserved and/or first-generation college-bound students in grades nine through twelve for success in high school and enrollment in college. All services are provided at no cost to participants.

The Upward Bound Program at Purchase College, SUNY serves Roosevelt High School in Yonkers and the Law & Community Service, School for the Arts and Business & Technology schools located at the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus in the Bronx.

The Upward Bound Program provides:

  • A supportive learning environment that provides academic advising, instruction and tutoring;
  • Dedicated faculty and staff experienced and trained in all aspects of the program;
  • A challenging curriculum in a small setting designed to evaluate and strengthen student comprehension, study, and problem-solving skills;
  • An intensive six-week summer program with academic, cultural, and social activities;
  • Stipends (allowances) provided during the academic year and the summer program;
  • Cultural enrichment trips--both local and national to increase global awareness and acceptance;
  • Community service projects to increase citizenship skills and civic engagement; and
  • Assistance in the college admissions process including campus tours and financial aid and scholarship research.