Upward Bound (UB) is a federally-funded TRiO program. Other TRiO programs you may have heard of include: Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Centers, Student Support Services, and the McNair Scholars Program. Each serves a slightly different population and may work in conjunction with one another to support students through varying portions of their academic careers. A full description of each TRiO program may be found on the Council for Opportunity in Education’s website. UB provides a variety of free individualized academic and social support services for participants. According to federal regulations, the WVU Upward Bound program can serve up to 57 students from Clay-Battelle, Grafton, and Preston high schools.

Mission Statement

The West Virginia University Upward Bound/TRiO (UB) program supports the outreach and service mission of Student Life and the University by providing academic and social support services and cultural enrichment programs to 57 students from Clay-Battelle, Grafton, and Preston high schools. UB serves students who meet income-eligibility guidelines, are academically at-risk, and/or will be the first in their families to earn a four-year degree. UB seeks to first help students achieve mastery on the state assessments and to graduate from high school, and secondly to encourage enrollment and persistence in post-secondary education.

UB Advisory Council

Through the UB Advisory Council, WVU UB seeks the advice and support of a group of university, school, and family representatives to help us make decisions that are in the best interest of our participants. Meetings are held once per semester, and rotate between Morgantown and the communities we serve. To learn more about the Advisory Council, click here