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Pre-College Programs

Upward Bound and LIFT Academy

We provide services to mitigate economic and social, inequities that impact access to higher education

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Jan. 27 to May 4 (No class Feb.17)

4111 John S. Toll Physics Bldg, College Park, MD 20742

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The Upward Bound Program is a federally funded and state supported educational program that provides academic and counseling services to students in preparation for post-secondary education.

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The purpose of Upward Bound is to supplement our students secondary school experience by providing opportunities for academic, social, and emotional development in preparation for college.

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Our summer and academic year programs serve as a supplement to a student's high school experience by creating more opportunities for students to become college ready and build their academic and social skills.

Upward Bound At A Glance



  • Take part in Mr. Gilukara’s synchronous and asynchronous classes learning to code your very own Sphero Robot!
  • Learn to make them talk, run games, and roll through your halls.
  • Partake in a weekly robotics presentation during the general assembly.
  • Learn the fundamentals of programming to further develop into not only STEM fields.






  • Upward Bound now has Photostudy, a 24/7 tutoring program.
  • Get connected with experts in their field to aid you in understanding and learning the material.
  • Study subjects ranging from Algebra to SAT prep.
  • Previous sessions remain saved for review at any time.





Mind Mapping

  • With the help of MindView’s capture and citation tool to aid in presentations and research papers.
  • Through MindView's mind mapping software create timelines for assignments and brainstorm subjects and topics to cover for research papers.
  • Develop interactive bibliographies and much more pairing MindView with Office Suite Products raising their capabilities to the next level.


retention rate

98% Pre-College Student Retention Rate

persistence rate

96% Undergrad Student Persistent Rate

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College Tours

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SAT Prep

View from above of students working on laptop computers with notebooks and papers on a tabletop during class with Department of Human Development (College of Education) professor Melanie Killen in her Social and Moral Development Laboratory.

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I never really thought that I would actually get into college. Then, I started Upward Bound and I have grown and blossomed...I brought my grades up when I thought I couldn't, and I have made amazing and accepting friends who have the same goals as I do. I want to be a model for my little brother and show him that with a little push and hard work he can be anything and be rewarded in the end. UB family - Thank you!

Carmen Uranga Montgomery Blair HS Class of 2013, Trinity Washington University
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