Upward Bound

USF’s Upward Bound Project prepares bright high school students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in college.

The Upward Bound Project has been a part of the USF community since 1966 and is a federally funded program. The Upward Bound Math and Science program, which began in 2007, prepares students for college-level coursework and careers focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). USF operates two Upward Bound Math and Science programs that service seven high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District, including: the Academy of Arts and Sciences, International Studies Academy, June Jordan, John O'Connell, Mission, Phillip and Sala Burton, and Thurgood Marshall.

90 percent of all students who complete the Upward Bound program enter college. Alumni from the program attend and graduate from colleges with some of the nation's best STEM programs.

Upward Bound resources and opportunities include:

  • The Upward Bound Summer Experience, a five-week residence program and Southern California college tour
  • Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
  • Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
  • STEM enrichment
  • Academic, financial, and personal counseling
  • Tutorial services and mentoring programs
  • Guidance and information on post-secondary education opportunities, including assistance in preparing and completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Information on the full range of federal student financial aid programs and benefits