Upward Bound is a federal TRiO program for high school students who are committed to being successful in high school and who are interested in attending college. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and The University of Iowa. The University of Iowa Upward Bound Project is under the auspices of the Chief Diversity Office and is part of the Center for Diversity & Enrichment.
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.