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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you need to be a high achieving student to be involved in Upward Bound?

    Absolutely not. However, you do need to demonstrate a sincere interest in attending college-meaning that you must have a gpa between 2.00 - 3.5 and are trying to improve.

  2. What is necessary to be involved in the CSULB Upward Bound program?

    You need to be either low-income or the first in your family to graduate from college.

  3. What does Upward Bound do to prepare students for college?

    During the school year, Upward Bound students participate in a number of activities, including Saturday tutorials, northern and southern California college tours, academic and cultural workshops, and athletic activities.

  4. What summer activities does the Upward Bound program have to prepare students for college?

    During the summer, a six-week residential program is available for students. This program provides students the opportunity to live in the CSULB residential halls, take English, math and science courses, attend weekly field trips and earn 10 university elective credits.

  5. How much does it cost to participate in all of these activities?

    The cost absolutely free.

  6. Where do I pick up an application?

    You may fill out the online Prescreening Questionnaire or visit the career center at your high school and request a Prescreening Questionnaire from the Upward Bound liaison. An Upward Bound representative visits schools once a week and will gladly help you complete it.

  7. Why are parents required to submit financial information? Is this information passed on to other agencies?

    (Financial information includes tax statements, AFDC receipts, unemployment information, Social Security information, etc.) Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that requires proof of eligibility, which is the reason that these documents are requested. Personal information to prove eligibility is not forwarded or shared with others. All information is completely confidential.

  8. Does participation in Upward Bound improve my child's chances of getting into college?

    Absolutely. Over 90% of Upward Bound students are admitted to college upon their high school graduation.

  9. Are parents required to participate in Upward Bound activities?

    Yes, Upward Bound sees college preparation as a joint partnership with parents and the schools.

  10. Does Upward Bound help students with other matters aside from college?

    Absolutely. Staff is available to provide academic advisement, career counseling, personal counseling and to make referrals for both students and parents.