Upward Bound

Upward Bound Residential Advisor Application

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound (UB) is located at Mesabi Range College, and provides support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their high school performance and ultimately in their post-secondary pursuits.

The program provides services to high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree (4 year degree); and high school students from families who meet federal income guidelines. The goal of the Upward Bound program is to assist participants in the completion of high school and enroll in and graduate from post-secondary institutions. Upward Bound focuses on preparing students for bachelor's degrees in all fields of study.

Benefits of the program:

  • All services are provided FREE to participants
  • One-on-one assistance with high school, college, and career planning
  • Monthly Saturday activities (service learning, sporting events, college preparation, etc.)
  • Opportunity to participate in a six week summer program with instruction from college instructors
  • Live on a college campus with other high school students
  • One week trip to conclude the summer program
  • Earn money for good grades and participation in the summer program.

To see a list of the schools we serve click here.

Part 1: To download the UPWARD BOUND ELIGIBILITY APPLICATION, click here.

Part 2: To download the UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM APPLICATION, click here.


In August 1964, in the midst of his administration's "War on Poverty," President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act. This legislation gave rise to the Office of Economic Opportunity and its Special Programs for Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds or, as they have since become more commonly known, the nation's TRiO programs. As part of this statute, the first TRiO initiative, Upward Bound, came into existence, followed soon thereafter by Talent Search, which was created by the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. When the HEA was first reauthorized in 1968, it established TRiO's Student Support Services program and transferred all of TRiO from the Office of Economic Opportunity to the Office of Higher Education Programs. When the HEA was reauthorized in 1972, the fourth TRiO program, Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), was created. The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program was established at Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) in 1973; it was an educational opportunity program exclusively for Vietnam veterans. The expansion of TRiO's reach and outreach continued in 1976 with the creation of the TRiO Staff and Leadership Training Authority (SLTA). The fifth TRiO program, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, was created in 1986. Most recently, in 1990, the U.S. Department of Education created the Upward Bound Math/ Science Program, which is administered under the same regulations as other Upward Bound programs.

True North Upward Bound was formed in the fall of 2003 and has since been dedicated to assisting low income, first generation high school students in reaching their goals of attending college. Upward Bound is committed to promoting the values of student success, responsibility, and personal and professional development. Upward Bound Math/Science was formed in the fall of 2007. This program is geared towards those students who have an interest in math and/or science.

Upward Bound helps students reach their full potential both in and out of the classroom. Upward Bound provides services such as free tutoring; experiences that broaden student's academic and cultural knowledge; trips to colleges; as well as pays for standardized testing. Students also receive stipends for maintaining good grades and participating in monthly get-togethers.

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UB Advisor

UB & UBMS Academic Coordinator

UB & UBMS Director