Upward Bound

What is Upward Bound?

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 (1) low-income families and (2) 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.


  • Small class instruction
  • Academic advising
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Weekly academic assistance
  • Student financial aid advising
  • Personal counseling
  • ACT preparation
  • Exposure to cultural and social academic programs
  • Career awareness
  • Family Involvement Activities
  • College admission assistance
  • Summer Residential Learning Community
  • College campus visitations


  • Be a potential first generation college student AND/OR
  • Have a family taxable income not exceeding 150% of the poverty level AND
  • Be a resident of Toledo, Ohio OR
  • Attend a school within the city limits of Toledo, Ohio AND
  • Be recommended by a school counselor or teacher AND
  • Have at least a 2.0 GPA at the time of application
  • The services and activities provided by the BGSU Upward Bound program are FREE.  Funding is through the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Parents and students who wish to apply for admission to the BGSU Upward Bound program may do so by contacting their school counselor or the department office.
  • The information provided on the program application is protected by the Privacy Act and will be used solely to determine program eligibility based on federal guidelines.

Updated: 08/23/2019 03:55PM