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Upward Bound Programs

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What is Upward Bound? 

The Upward Bound Programs at California State University, Fresno serve low-income, first-generation college bound high school students who have the potential to succeed in college, but whose high school grades and test scores do not reflect that potential. Funded by the United States Department of Education, Upward Bound provides opportunities and assistance to students in acquiring the academic skill development and motivational support through teaching and counseling. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase high school graduation rates and participants enrollment in and graduation from institutions of post-secondary education.

Mission Statement

Upward Bound provides academic, career, and personal development activities designed to allow its students to graduate from high school in a timely manner, to ease their transition into post secondary education, and to achieve the personal and professional goals that they have created for themselves. 

Vision Statement 

Fresno State Upward Bound envisions a program that provides exemplary activities and services designed to ignite our students desire to learn, to achieve, and to become inspirational leaders to others.


  1. Academic Advising
  2. Academic Assessment and Preparation
  3. After-school Tutorial Services
  4. Monthly College Conferences
  5. Parent Workshops
  6. SAT/ACT Preparation Workshops
  7. SAT/ACT Fee Waivers
  8. College Preparatory Workshops
  9. Financial Aid Advising / Scholarship Application
  10. Assistance with College Applications
  11. Career Counseling
  12. Leadership Conferences
  13. Cultural Activities
  14. Motivational, Career, and Cultural Speakers
  15. College Campus Tours / Trips
  16. Supplemental Instruction in reading, writing, & study skills
  17. Math & Science exposure
  18. Team Building

  1. Six Week Residential Program
  2. Cultural and Recreational Field Trips
  3. Career Development & Job Seeking Skills
  4. Job-site Visits
  5. Recreational Activities/Team Building
  6. Individual and Group Tutoring
  7. Academic Courses
  8. College Courses
  9. Summer Jam Event
  10. Enrichment Workshops
  11. College Exploration
  12. Internship Opportunities

Our programs are continuously recruiting from these schools:

Classic Upward Bound

  • Edison High School
  • Madera High School
  • Madera South High School

Next Generation Upward Bound

  • Fresno High School
  • McLane High School
  • Roosevelt High School


  • 9th or 10th grade high school students
  • Low-income and/or first generation college bound high school students
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA

Upward Bound is a federally funded TRiO program.