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What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is an educational service funded by the United States Department of Education. The program targets high school students who want to go to college, but may lack certain skills, support, resources or motivation required to succeed. Most participants come from families in which neither parent has a four-year college degree.


Salem University Upward Bound serves approximately 90 students in eight area high schools: Buckhannon-Upshur, Doddridge County, Liberty, Lincoln, Ritchie County, Robert C. Byrd, South Harrison, and Webster County.  We offer services to students during the academic year, as well as a six week summer residential program.  The Program is free of charge to qualified students.  

We offer many services to our students throughout the school year, including one-on-one guidance counseling, after-school sessions, tutoring, ACT/SAT prep, college visits, and much more.

Summer Session

The six-week residential summer program is designed to give students the opportunity to experience life as a college student.

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Student Benefits

It PAYS to be in Upward Bound.  Literally!  Not only is Upward Bound FREE to prospective students, we PAY students for participation and maintaining good grades!  We provide academic support to students throughout high school while helping them get to (and pay for) college.  Upward Bound provides students with countless opportunities to make new friends, see new places, and experience new things!  

Student Responsibilities
  • Take an active part in this program, which presents a unique opportunity for personal growth and requires a major commitment of time and energy from the student.

  • Complete all necessary forms, take required tests, and keep Upward Bound informed of goals and progress.

  • Attend the Summer residential program.

  • Attend in-school meetings and monthly Saturday Sessions.

  • Receive counseling and tutoring in certain classes as required.

  • Obey Upward Bound rules and regulations.

  • Demonstrate progress toward attending a post-secondary degree program.

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