Alabama State University's Upward Bound Program provides fundamental support to students seeking college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to improve pre-college performance and ultimately succeed in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low income families and/or students in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree, and low-income, first generation who are preparing to enter post-secondary education.
The emphasis of the Upward Bound Program is twofold: students being accepted at a post-secondary institution increasing the student's cultural identification and self-identity, as self-esteem is an important aspect in student achievement.
Academic Year Component
The Academic Year Program takes place during the regular school year on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The curriculum consists of instruction in Reading, English, Writing and Basic Mathematical Theory and Applications.
Students are exposed to career planning and exploration. Other program activities such as pre-college seminars, and educational/ cultural enrichment field trips are also offered. These seminars focus on how to apply for college and financial assistance.
The Upward Bound Program's schedule of activities will not interfere with the students full participation in academic and non- academic activities at their secondary schools. Stipends will be awarded to defray the cost of transportation.
Summer Residential Component
The Summer Residential Program is designed to expose students to the college environment, thereby stimulating and enhancing their interest in college life. Upward Bound students will attend a six-week summer session on the campus of Alabama State University. They will have full use of all facilities that ASU students utilize.
The Upward Bound Program offers a Bridge Scholarship Program for those students who have graduated from high school and plan to attend Alabama State University in the earliest semester of graduation. The Bridge Program provides students with services and activities that aid in the transition from high school to college.