Upward Bound

The goal of the University of San Francisco Upward Bound Project is to prepare bright and promising 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, is designed specifically to prepare students for college majors and careers focused on "STEM" fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

The University of San Francisco operates two Upward Bound Math and Science programs, that service a total of seven target 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. Ninety percent of all Upward Bound Students who complete the program enter college. Alumni from the program attend and graduate from colleges with some of the nation's best STEM programs and included an Ivy League Rhode Scholar. In the Upward Bound program, some of the resources and opportunities students will have to enrich their experiences in the STEM field include:

  • The Upward Bound Summer Experience, including 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
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Enrichment
  • Academic, financial, or personal counseling
  • Tutorial services
  • Mentoring programs
  • Information on post-secondary education opportunities
  • Assistance in preparing and completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
  • Guidance and assistance on secondary school re-entry or alternative education programs and entry into general educational development programs or post secondary education