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College Ready

Upward Bound is an educational opportunity and college access program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. WVU Upward Bound provides school year and summer programs and services to help students develop the skills and motivation necessary to achieve their goals, do well in high school, and enroll in and graduate from college. The program has been continuously funded since 2007.

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Students must attend Preston High School and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Income-eligible as defined by the federal government (see the chart below).
    • Family taxable income (line 15 of 1040 tax form) is at or below the amount listed:
              Family/Household Size                 Taxable Income Level
                              1                           $20,385
                              2                           $27,465
                              3                           $34,545
                              4                           $41,625
                              5                           $48,705
                              6                           $55,785
                              7                           $62,865
                              8                           $69,945

  • Student will be the first generation to attend college (neither parent has completed a 4-year college degree).


  • Academic Support & Rigor
        -Hands-on academic programs
        -Access to college-level coursework and instruction
        -Research and job-shadowing experiences
  • Personalized Success Coaching
        -Progress monitoring
        -Individualized support
  • College Preparation and Assistance
        -Help with college applications, scholarships, and financial aid
        -Transition to college
        -SAT/ACT Prep
  • Social Experiences
        -Saturday Programs
        -Campus Visits
        -Residential Summer Program
  • Free
        -All services and programs are free to participants
  • Stipends
        -Earn up to $40 per month during the school year
        -Earn up to $60 per month during the summer
        -Earn up to $300 per month for summer work-study
  • Track Record of Success
Since program inception in 2007, 77% of UB students enrolled in post-secondary education immediately after high school, which is 10 points higher than the national college-going rate and more than 25 points higher than the state rate during the same time period.

employment opportunities

 Upward Bound is currently hiring for summer positions!

Please click below for more information.

Summer Employment

2021-2022 Saturday Programs:

September 25
October 22 (Trip)
November 13
December 11
February 26
March 26
May 5-6 (Trip)

2022 Summer Program:

Rising Senior Academy (June 13-June 24)
Residential Summer Program (June 26-July 15)
Summer Trip (July 17-July 22)