Upward Bound is a federally funded program that provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.
Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post secondary education.
Upward Bound is part of the Federal TRiO Program, a group of outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
As part of the Federal TRiO Program, the Upward Bound Program at Xavier University offers academic instruction, individual and small-group tutorials, counseling, college-admission activities, and both social and cultural experiences to its students. The program offers a year-long educational curriculum with academic-year and summer components.
The academic-year program meets on designated Saturdays during the fall and spring terms, and the summer component includes a 6-week intense preparatory program.
High school principals, teachers, parents, community leaders, and Xavier personnel are all involved to serve as resources that help meet the students' needs. The Junior League of New Orleans is proud to serve as a community partner to assist the students with tutoring, counseling and other activities during the academic year.