Frequently Asked Questions

The University of Arkansas is funded to serve a combined total of 200 students annually in its Upward Bound 1, Upward Bound 2, and Upward Bound Math and Science programs. Approximately 50 – 60 new students, primarily 9th graders, are accepted each year to replace Upward Bound graduates and those no longer participating in the program.

The Upward Bound 1 and Upward Bound 2 programs are funded through two separate Upward Bound grants and only differ in the number of students and specific schools they serve. Upward Bound 1 is funded to serve a total of 84 students annually from Greenland High School, Lincoln High School, West Fork High School, Springdale High School, and George Junior High. Upward Bound 2 serves 58 students annually from Decatur High School, Gentry High School, Heritage High School, Lakeside Junior High School, and Springdale High School. Upward Bound Math and Science is funded through a third grant and provides participants with an enhanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focus during the summer and academic year. Upward Bound Math and Science serves 58 students annually from Elkins, Huntsville, Mountainburg, and St. Paul high schools.

As a federally funded TRIO program, Upward Bound at the University of Arkansas may only serve students in grades 9 – 12 who meet specific eligibility requirements and attend one of the eleven area schools served by the program.

Interested students can request an application during the annual Upward Bound recruitment period (October – December) by contacting their school counselor or the Upward Bound office directly. Please see the Upward Bound application process for more information.

Eligible applicants are selected based on a combination of criteria including, application essay, teacher recommendations, grades, need for the program, interview, and student commitment.

There is absolutely no cost to join and participate. As a federally funded program, all Upward Bound services are FREE for participants including tutoring, instruction, field trips, ACT prep courses, and all costs associated with the Summer Academy and Upward Bound Bridge program.

Students are expected to fully participate in the academic year and summer components of the program until graduation from high school. In addition, students are required to adhere to all Upward Bound rules and guidelines and exhibit appropriate behavior at all program sponsored events and activities.

No. The goal of Upward Bound is to help students find their perfect “college fit”.  While many of our Upward Bound graduates do attend the University of Arkansas, many apply to and are accepted to other colleges and universities in Arkansas and throughout the country. In the past three years, our Upward Bound graduates have started their college careers at places such as Northwest Arkansas Community College, Arkansas Tech, University of Central Arkansas, UA Fort Smith, University of Arkansas Little Rock, Hendrix College, and even Princeton, MIT, and the University of Southern California!