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Upward Bound Program


Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree, and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. Read more about Upward Bound.

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If you are interested in participating in the Upward Bound Progam Download the Pre-Screening Questionnaire (PDF PDF Logo, 94 KB).


Welcome New Director, Amber Hikes

California State University, Long Beach and the Upward Bound Program are excited and proud to welcome the new director of Upward Bound, Amber Hikes. Ms. Hikes joined CSULB Upward Bound in September. She has more than 13 years of higher education experience, Federal TRiO program management, youth and student organizing. Ms. Hikes comes to us from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. where she directed the Upward Bound program for six years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in English and Psychology as well as a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

For the last six years, Ms. Hikes has been a passionate leader and director, working diligently to help improve the lives of her students.  Education and social justice are cornerstones of her life. She has seen firsthand how the lack of education, exposure to poverty and other forms of injustice often act as barriers to future advancement.

Ms. Hikes loves working with high school students and truly feels there’s no greater joy than screaming and jumping up and down with a student as they receive their first college acceptance letter.  It is her goal here at CSULB Upward Bound to develop new relationships with youth and high schools throughout our target area, connect with students and address their various needs. Ms. Hikes understands the essential need for outreaching and networking with students, parents, mentors and educators affiliated with CSULB and the community.  Additionally, she wants to focus on helping each student recognize the value of his or her contributions and support them in achieving their academic and personal goals

Ms. Hikes is so excited to join the team here at Upward Bound and welcomes any suggestions about fun places to go, things to do or dances to learn. When she is not in the office or in the classroom, Ms. Hikes is running on the beach, collecting Batman memorabilia and trying fruitlessly to teach her cat to be more dog-like (there’s a leash and everything).

Join the Upward Bound staff in welcoming Ms. Hikes to our family.



Stellar Student: Fall 2015

Stellar Student is coming back in the November issue of the UB Informed. The Upward Bound staff believes it is important to recognize students who demonstrate academic achievement, academic or personal growth, resiliency, commitment or contributions to UB and their involvement in extra-curricular activities. Each month the Educational Career Advisors select one student they believe to be stellar for a particular month.

Students, we are looking for you to be your personal best, so we can highlight your success as our Stellar Students of the month. 

We look forward to naming Stellar Students this year for their hard work and dedication.



  • October 10, 2015     CBA-140     8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • October 17, 2015     CBA-140     8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • October 31, 2015     CBA-140     8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Note: Saturday Tutorials are mandatory for all students. Unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the program. If you have any questions or will not be attending any of the listed dates please contact your Educational Career Advisor.

View full Calendar of Events


    Test Date                        Deadline Date

  • October 3, 2015             September 3, 2015
  • November 17, 2015      October 9, 2015
  • December 5, 2015        November 5, 2015


    Test Date                        Deadline Date

  • September 12, 2015    August 7, 2015
  • October 24, 2015          September 18, 2015
  • December 12, 2015     November 6, 2015

Please contact your Educational Career Advisor for more information regarding Registration Deadlines and fee waivers.

UB Informed

Read the UB Informed now! (PDF PDF Logo, 664 KB).

UB Recruitment

ATTENTION: Students, parents and friends! Upward Bound is in the process of recruiting new ninth and tenth grade students from some of our participating high schools. See below for a list of the schools that are currently open for recruitment. If a school is not listed, student may be referred to another local Upward Bound Program is available. If you are interested in applying for the program, download and complete the Prescreeing Questionnaire.

Schools Open for Recuritment

Cabrillo HS

Centinnial HS

Compton HS

Dominguez HS

Gardena HS

John Glenn HS

Jordan HS

Paramount HS

After School Tutoring Schedule

Upward Bound recommends tutoring for all students but requires it for new students and those with low grades in the past.Free tutoring is offered at the following locations and times.


Milikan HS RM: TBD (3:15 - 4:45)

2800 Snowden Ave

Long Beach, CA 90815

Compton HS Library (2:30 - 4:30)

601 S Acacia Ave

Compton, CA 90220

Tuesday: 3:15 - 4:30

Cabrillo HS Library (3:10 - 4:30)

2001 Santa Fe Ave

Long Beach, CA 90810

Dominguez HS Library (3 - 4:30)

15301 S San Jose Ave

Compton, CA 90221

Jordan HS Career Center (3 - 5)

6500 Atlantic Ave

Long Beach, CA 90805

Paramount Public Library (6:30 - 7:30)

16254 Colorado Ave

Paramount, Ca 90723


Paramount HS Rm #7 (3:10 - 4:30)

14429 Downey Ave

Paramount, Ca 90723


Cabrillo HS Library (3:10 - 4:30)

2001 Santa Fe Ave

Long Beach, CA 90810

Centinnial HS Rm #63 (3 - 4:30)

6500 Atlantic Ave

Long Beach, CA 90805

John Glenn HS Career Center (3 - 5)

13520 Shoemaker Ave

Norwalk, CA 90650

Carson MLK Library (5:30 - 7:30)

17906 S Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746

Extra Tutoring Resources: The Khan Academy website where you will find very simple-to-understand videos that explain concepts and information on a variety of subjects, such as algebra, geometry, algebra 2, pre-calculus, biology, chemistry, physics and more. You can earn extra points by registering with your "COACH."

Saturday Tutorial Reminder

Saturday Tutorials are mandatory for all students. Three or more unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the Upward Bound Program. If you have any questions or concerns contact your Education Career Advisor.

Parking on Saturdays

This is a reminder that Upward Bound is unable to issue parking permits to parents and students during Saturday Tutorials. In order to avoid receiving a parking citation, you must purchase a $5.00 all-day parking permit from one of the Yellow Kiosk and you must park in an assigned parking lot. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and we thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • General Parking Lots:
    • 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and Parking Structure.

Please do not park in any of the restricted lots, you will be ticketed at your expense whether you have purchased a parking permit or not. Remember to check for posted signs.