Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science are early intervention programs that help low-income and potential first-generation college students prepare for higher education. The Upward Bound programs bring high school students in grades 9-12 to the University of Arkansas campus on the weekends and during the summer to receive instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. The programs also provide academic and social support through tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, financial literacy, field trips, college planning, and financial aid application assistance. For students just completing their senior year of high school, Upward Bound provides a summer residential bridge program where participants earn up to six hours of college credit.

"Because of Upward Bound, I can say that I am ready for college, and am looking forward to tackling every obstacle that may get in my way." - Caitlin Mitchell, former Upward Bound participant

"Upward Bound has truly been a life-changing experience for me, and I would not be where I am today without their helpfulness and sincere concern for me." - Jessica Reyes, former Upward Bound participant