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group of Upward Bound students and staff at the summer kickoff party

The University of Iowa Upward Bound Project serves 9th through 12th grade students in three eastern Iowa communities: Columbus Community High School (in Columbus Junction), Muscatine High School, and West Liberty High School.

We are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year! Click the How to Apply/Enroll tab to access the application and the teacher/counselor referral.

Benefits of Participation

Upward Bound helps high school students in their pursuit of postsecondary education. The benefits of joining Upward Bound are numerous and include (but are not limited to):

  • Individual and small-group tutoring
  • Academic counseling
  • One-on-one college counseling
  • Two ACT test fee waivers
  • Four SAT test fee waivers
  • FAFSA assistance
  • Community service opportunities
  • College visits
  • Cultural events
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Resume workshops
  • Scholarship assistance
  • Summer enrichment opportunities
  • Stipends for participation in UB meetings and events

All Upward Bound activities are free to participants and transportation is provided to and from all events.

Academic Year Programming

Saturday Academies

Throughout the academic year, UB students participate in weekend college-going workshops on the University of Iowa campus. These "Saturday Academies" cover an array of topics including career counseling, study skills, financial literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) exploration, and more.

Weekly meetings

Upward Bound participants meet one-on-one and in small groups with UB specialists for individualized college and career counseling and activities focused on topics including:

  • Academic schedule building
  • ACT preparation
  • Understanding how high school courses and grades relate to college
  • Finding the right college
  • Filling out college applications and searching for scholarships
  • Learning how skills and interests relate to a career
  • Improving financial literacy
  • Developing self-advocacy skills

Tutoring

UB connects students who are struggling academically, who want extra academic support, or who want to get ahead with trained college-student tutors. Tutors help students with difficult subject areas and with organization, test preparation, and academic preparedness.

Events

During the academic year participants can attend Upward Bound events in the Eastern Iowa area, including a day of community service, a cultural event such as a play or musical performance, and college campus visits. These events give students the opportunity to find out what "going to college is all about" and what types of opportunities college study presents to them.

Summer Residential Program

During the summer program, Upward Bound participants live and learn on the University of Iowa campus. Participants take courses that will prepare them for their next year in school and engage in creative after-class activities to explore their extracurricular interests. The Upward Bound summer program is comprised of a five-week Rising student residential program for students entering grades 10 through 12 in the fall and a six-week Bridge experience for students entering college in the fall.

Rising Student Program

During the Rising student summer program, students entering grades 10 through 12 the following fall experience college life first-hand by living in one of the University of Iowa's residence halls. During the day, students take rigorous high school level classes in math, science, ACT prep, foreign language, and language arts to prepare them for the upcoming academic year. They also take a STEM seminar focusing on various topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Bridge Student Program

In the Bridge experience, students entering college in the fall take a college course through the University of Iowa. Credits earned during the Bridge program can be transferred to any college or university. Bridge students also participate in job shadows with professionals in the Iowa City community and complete a Bridge Seminar class to learn skills to aid in the transition to college. Like Rising students, Bridge students live in university dorms and get to experience life on a university campus.

SILTS

In the evenings, students participate in SILTS—that's Special Interests and Life-Time Sports—to learn more about hobbies and creative activities they may want to pursue as well as explore ways to remain physically fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In the evenings students also enjoy a bit of free time, hit the books or computer lab during UB study time, and participate in occasional resident mentor group meetings.

Week of Learning on the Road

The summer program culminates in a Week of Learning on the Road, an educational field trip to an exciting destination in the United States. Past destinations have included Washington DC, New York City, Minneapolis, South Dakota, Memphis, and Chicago. Participation in the trip is free to all summer participants.

School Field Representatives

For additional information, please contact your field representative:

Columbus Community High School
Ms. Lana Todd
mltodd@windstream.net
(319) 850–0826

Muscatine High School
Ms. Madeline Carlson
Room 11-029
madeline.carlson@mcsdonline.org
(563) 263–6141 x1436

West Liberty High School
Mr. Jacob Lamb
Science Teacher
jlamb@wl.k12.ia.us
(319) 627–2115 x5037

Get Involved

Upward Bound could not be successful without the help of community members and volunteers. We are currently seeking:

  • Academic year tutors (paid position)
  • Saturday Academy (volunteer position)

For more information about getting involved during the 2016-2017 academic year, please contact the Upward Bound team at upward-bound@uiowa.edu.

Helpful Links for Students

Check out these useful links!

KnowHow2Go
A link to the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN), a great website for Iowa students to get resources for success in high school and beyond. You should definitely check this out!

Register for the ACT
Find test dates, register for the ACT, send your scores, and more…

FAFSA
The online site for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be filled out annually by current & prospective college students to determine eligibility for student financial aid.

Federal Student Aid PIN
Each student & parent must obtain personal identification numbers (PINs) before completing the FAFSA.

The College Board
For college and career readiness, test prep, scholarships, college info and more…

ScholarshipExperts.com
A free site to connect you with thousands of scholarship opportunities.

Fastweb.com
A helpful resource in your search for colleges and scholarships.

Upward Bound in Action!

Audience

K-12

Requirements

There are a few basic requirements to join the program. You need to:

  • Be a student at Columbus Community, Muscatine, or West Liberty High School in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Be willing to participate in the Project through your senior year.
  • Be willing to take a class schedule that will prepare you for college.
  • Be a potential first-generation college student (this means that your parents or guardians do not have a four-year college degree) and/or your family's taxable income meets low-income guidelines.

The University of Iowa Upward Bound Projects serves students attending Columbus Community High School, Muscatine High School, and West Liberty High School. If you are not a student at one of these schools in the 2016-2017 academic year, contact the guidance office at your school to see if another Upward Bound serves your area.

How to Apply/Enroll

To be considered for the Upward Bound project, you'll need to fill out an application.

Access the application using the links below:

2016-2017 UB Application link (English)
2016-2017 UB Solicitud de Admisión (Español)

You can access the teacher/counselor referral forms here:

Teacher/Counselor Referral Form (English)
Formulario de Referencia (Español)

If you need a printed application, please see your school’s Upward Bound field representative, or contact Upward Bound at upward-bound@uiowa.edu or 319-335-6708.