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What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program. Upward Bound was established to help high school students overcome social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. Our primary goal is to help students prepare for college, and stay enrolled once they get there. The program provides a variety of individualized academic and social support services.

What are the entrance criteria to be part of WVU Upward Bound?

Upward Bound serves students in grades 9 through 12 who meet federal eligibility requirements. Eligible students must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) they are income-eligible as determined by the federal government, 2) they are first-generation college attendees (neither the student’s mother nor father has graduated with a bachelor's degree); and/or 3) they are considered academically at-risk (as defined by the federal government). Most of the Upward Bound students must be both first-generation college students and income-eligible. Our Upward Bound program serves 60 students from Grafton and Preston high schools.

How do I become part of WVU Upward Bound?

In order to participate, interested students must complete an application. See our Apply page for more information. Once you are a member of Upward Bound, you are eligible to participate in the program throughout high school. We are currently recruiting students for Summer and Fall 2021.

What are the perks?

Upward Bound will provide participants with a variety of FREE educational, cultural and social programs, such as:

  • Individual Tutoring- tutoring, study skills, and test preparation programs will be provided weekly at your home high school
  • Test Preparation- SAT/ACT preparation programs will be provided for interested students
  • Social Activities- Field trips, team-building activities, community service events, dinner programs
  • College Preparation- Campus tours, application assistance, assistance with the financial aid process
  • Monthly events on the campus of West Virginia University, with transportation provided
  • Rewards for attendance and participation
  • Residential summer program on the campus of West Virginia University. Students will have the opportunity to experience living in the residence halls, attending classes, and interacting with peers from other schools. Eligible students may also qualify for work-study and have the chance to learn valuable job skills, while earning money
  • Personal one-on-one support from trained Upward Bound professionals

How can I find out more about WVU Upward Bound?

Talk to your school counselor or reach us by calling (304) 293-6199 or emailing