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About the LIFT Program


LIFT Program Overview

The LIFT Program was established in 2006 as a means to provide affordable academic services to students who did not meet the eligibility criteria of Upward Bound programs. Although the LIFT Program is in its infancy, it was built on the solid foundation of the Upward Bound Program and its over thirty-year history here on campus.

The LIFT Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students and their families to begin preparation for post-secondary education through several programs and activities. With college admissions becoming more and more competitive, students need every advantage (or LIFT) possible in order to excel beyond their high school years. Our programs are available both during the summer and throughout the academic year to serve as a supplement to a student's high school experiences by creating more opportunities for students to become college ready and build their academic and social skills.

FAQ's About Lift


Who qualifies for the LIFT Program?
Any rising 9th-12th grader is eligible for LIFT programs.

Do you have to be affiliated with the University of Maryland to apply?
The parent/child does not have to be affiliated with the University in any way to participate in LIFT summer programs.

Are children of University of Maryland staff and faculty eligible for tuition remission?
No, tuition remission cannot be applied towards the cost of any LIFT Program activities.

Will this program help my child gain admissions to the University of Maryland?
Acceptance into and participation in any LIFT Program activities does not guarantee admission into a degree-seeking program at the University of Maryland.

What happens if a program is cancelled?
If enrollment minimums are not met, LIFT reserves the right to cancel any program up to one week before they are scheduled to begin. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, parents and students will be notified promptly and all application, program, and room and board expenses already paid will be refunded.

Summer Program

Does my child have to stay on campus?
No. A student can be a day student for any of our summer programs. Day students are expected to arrive on campus each day by 8:30am and report to their first period class. They are dismissed on Mondays – Thursdays at 5:00pm and on Fridays after the evening presentations. Lunch is the only meal included in the Day student package.

How are roommate assignments made?
Roommate assignments are made on a random basis. Students should expect to live with other students of the same gender in a double, triple or quad bedroom. Specific roommate requests can be made in writing; however, only mutual requests by students will be considered. Every effort will be made to accommodate your roommate request. Room assignments are finalized on check-in day and are not announced prior to your arrival.

What are some of the advantages of being a residential v. day student?
Residential students are able to participate in all evening activities which include study hall, field trips, and additional activities and projects. Living on campus also gives a student the opportunity to fully focus on their studies and to collaborate with their peers on assignments.

Who will be supervising my child?
All residence halls are run by the Resident Director, LIFT Program staff, and a staff of residential Tutor-Counselors.

Will my child stay on campus the entire 6 weeks?
Students have the option to stay for the entire length of the program, or they may choose which sessions are most relevant to their interests. Some programs are one week, and some are two weeks in length. Many students choose to stay for several or even all of the sessions.

What if my child is absent or needs to leave campus?
Students who have a prior knowledge of an upcoming absence, should inform the Program Coordinator of the absence(s). It will be the responsibility of the student to contact his/her instructors for any missed assignments. Students who must leave campus, for any reason, must receive permission from the Program Coordinator in writing. Unless an emergency, a parent must contact the Program Coordinator 48 hours prior to the leave date/time requested. It will be the responsibility of the student to contact his/her instructors for any missed assignments.

What happens if a student becomes ill?
All students must complete an emergency contact form that includes health insurance policy numbers. If a student should become ill or injured, he/she will be taken to the Health Center located on campus or to the nearest hospital, depending on the severity of the injury or illness. A parent/guardian must make immediate arrangements to ensure quality care for a student. Although this form will facilitate your admittance to a health center, it does not permit the University of Maryland to assume responsibility for healthcare needs. A student can visit the Health Center any time during the hours of operation. Families will be billed for any services or treatment received. If a student misses class due to illness, he/she can request written proof from the Health Center to give to an instructor.


What classes are available during the summer?
Currculum for our summer Institutes are currently being developed and will be posted in December.

Is SAT prep a component of the program?
SAT prep is a component of the College Applicaiton and SAT Institute.

Can my child earn academic credit?
Academic credit is not offered. This is one of the ways LIFT is able to keep costs well below other academic summer programs

Contact LIFT Program

Ali Dodson - Program Coordinator
0105 Cole Field House, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-0895 Fax: 301-314-9155


Pre-College Programs in Undergraduate Studies is a federally funded TRIO Program comprised of the Upward Bound Program and the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. The TRIO programs provide education services to low-income and/or first-generation college bound students in an effort to overcome economic, social, and cultural barriers that impede the pursuit of higher-education.

Pre-College Programs provide high school students from the local community with academic counseling and support, career guidance, personal development seminars and college preparation workshops.


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Federally funded TRIO Program.