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Services and Eligibility


Personal Attention

The Upward Bound experience is demanding but the learning environment of Upward Bound will provide you with the guidance to meet those challenges. Your teachers and counselor will come to know your academic and personal strengths and will help you reach your full potential. Throughout the program, your assigned advisor will meet with you to discuss academic and personal issues. Parents are invited to be a part of this process, particularly as students prepare for the transition from high school to college.

Academic Component

Throughout the academic year, advisors make visitations to high schools the program services. Within those visitations, advisors and/or tutors meet with students to discuss the following:

  • Academic and life skills preparation for college.
  • Assistance in choosing and completing college admission applications.
  • Support on applying for scholarships and financial aid.
  • Workshops for students and parents on money management and SAT/ACT prep courses.
  • Opportunities to be a part of community service, cultural events, and college tours.
  • Study skill support and tutoring year round.
  • Academic advising on high school and college courses.
  • Individual and group counseling if desired.
  • Strong alumni network to provide mentoring.
  • Fee waivers for SAT's and college applications.
  • Incentives such as: stipend checks, awards, and fun trips!

Summer Component

In the summer, students participate in a six-week residential component. If selected, you will live in one of College of the Siskiyous' lodges and will be supervised by a team of advisors. You will take classes in math, science, literature, writing, and foreign language as well as college courses you select. You will also have time to participate in weekly social activities, community service, and cultural activities.


Admission to Upward Bound is limited and competitive. Students are only eligible to apply their 8th grade year during the time of recruitment. To be considered, a student must be:

  • a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident
  • an individual whose parent/s (natural or adoptive) do not have a four year college degree and/or from a family that meets low-income requirements set by the federal government
  • in need of Upward Bound's services to achieve academic success in high school and meet the requirements determined by the high school and state of California
  • interested in enrolling in college or university upon graduating from high school
  • entering one of the following high schools

Waitlist Policy

  • Eligible students are placed on the waitlist only after an Upward Bound application is fully completed and the student has been interviewed during recruitment of their 8th grade year.
  • Eligible students will remain on the waitlist for one academic year. During recruitment time of the following year, the students’ file will be up for review.

Contact Upward Bound

Physical Science 1 (next to the Bookstore) on the Weed campus.
Phone: (530) 938-5278
Toll Free: 1 (888) 397-4339 x5278
Fax: (530) 938-5383