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Bemidji State University Upward Bound

Program Description

The Upward Bound Program at Bemidji State University started in 1966 and is funded through the United States Department of Education (USDE). The program serves approximately 100 students from seven area high schools and provides services to students year round.

The Upward Bound staff is committed to supporting student development, expanding cultural awareness, and encouraging students to find their personal path to academic success.

Opportunities to enhance academic success include: advising, tutoring, mentoring and a summer program where students have a "college experience" attending classes and residing on campus.

All services and activities provided by Upward Bound are at NO COST to participants. The only cost to students is time, dedication and a willingness to do their best.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 100
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Bemidji State University