Upward Bound

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Welcome to Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program (UB) at CSUDH offers a wide network of support services that help ensure academic and personal success for 185 first-generation, low-income students from Jefferson, Carson, Gardena, Hawthorne, and Leuzinger high schools. Upward Bound is designed to increase high school retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students. The program also strives to enhance participants’ potential for acceptance to and graduation from four-year universities and professional schools. UB is part of the federally-funded TRIO programs that help disadvantaged students overcome environmental, cultural, and academic barriers to higher education.

Our Mission

The mission of the Upward Bound Program at the CSUDH is to assist low-income, first-generation high school students in the successful completion of their secondary education and prepare them academically and socially for enrollment in to higher education. We begin by building an atmosphere that enhances positive self-esteem while fostering unity and collaboration to help students value themselves and their culture, and to envision their own success. Upward Bound helps students achieve their maximum potential.


  • Academic Advising
  • Monitoring of academic progress
  • Career and college exploration
  • Tutoring
  • SAT/ACT Preparation
  • College Campus Tours
  • Saturday Sessions
  • 6-Week Summer Program
  • Non-Cognitive Skills Workshops
  • Cultural Field Trips
  • Scholarship search assistance & assistance with financial aid application
  • Parent Training

Saturday Academy

Part of the student commitment to the program is the mandatory Saturday Academy. These sessions take place 1-2 times per month, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. During the fall semester, we have the sessions more frequently to fit in our number of required sessions while still accommodating for the holidays. During these sessions, Seniors work on college applications, FAFSA, and receive workshops on how to successful transfer into college. Juniors are enrolled in an SAT/ACT preparation course paid for by the program. Freshman and Sophomores engage in Non-Cognitive skills workshops. At a few of the dates, we also hold community service events and college visits.

Summer Program

During the summer, students that meet qualifications are invited to participate in the 6-week summer program held at CSUDH. Students are enrolled in 4 enrichment courses in English, math, science, and a foreign language. These courses are not for credit, but are meant to help the students fight the "summer slide." Students may qualify to enroll in the summer as soon as they complete middle school. Usually, the summer program is held from the last week of June to the first week of August.

Financial Literacy

Every year Upward Bound host an annual Understanding Financial Aid workshop for parents. The workshop informs parents on FAFSA, scholarships, grants, Cal Grants, Pell Grants, loans (subsidized and unsubsidized) and work-study aid. UB also partners with Cash for College to increase attendance to their financial aid workshops.

Engaging Parents

Upward Bound begins its relationship with parents early. All UB parents are required to attend a one-on-one intake meeting with the UB director and program coordinator to discuss the commitments and goals of the program. In addition, all parents are also required to attend quarterly parent meetings to discuss their students’ current academic standing. Lastly, UB host an annual senior reception. All parents are invited to attend and listen to the success stories of graduating seniors as they reveal what college they will be attending.

Signature Accomplishments

The CSUDH Upward Bound program is proud to expose participants to a 6-week summer program that allows students to get familiar with both the commuter student and residential student experience. Additionally, we are proud to partner with CSUDH Extension to offer a for-credit college course to all our students. A UB student that begins with us in ninth grade can have a total of twelve (12) college units completed by the time they graduate from our program. Another proud moment for UB is our annual Career Day, in which UB students are exposed to various career professionals, many of whom are the first in their families to go to college and begin professional careers.

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