The History of Upward Bound

Since 1966, the Purdue University Upward Bound Program has helped hundreds of students prepare for a successful college education.

The Purdue Upward Bound Program is one of seven Federal TRIO Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. All TRIO programs are vested in the notion that all committed students deserve an opportunity of a higher education (without regard to race, gender, national origin or ADA status) regardless of their family’s economic resources and or educational background. However, specific rules for acceptance and participation vary by program type.

Upward Bound is a continuous three-year program consisting of a five-week, nonresidential orientation program, a seven-week, summer residential component, and an eight-week nonresidential college experience, as well as Saturday classes during the academic year. An optional eight-week, summer bridge component is available for graduates of the program who are planning to begin their post-secondary education at any of the Purdue University campuses.

The program provides supportive academic instruction and tutoring in literature, composition, mathematics, and science on the Purdue University Calumet Campus during the summer and high school’s academic year. Additionally, the program offers special workshops and seminars regarding careers, college admission, and financial aid. Upward Bound also provides activities that encourage parental involvement, personal responsibility, and positive self-esteem.

Upward Bound also fosters increased knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.