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Boston University Upward Bound

  • Boston University Upward Bound
  • 2 Silber Way
  • Boston, MA 02215
  • 617-353-3551
  • Reggie Jean
  • UB Project Director

Program Description

Upward Bound (UB) at Boston University is a federally funded college preparatory program for potential first-generation college and low-income Boston Public High School students. The program, which is a part of Boston University's Boston Public Schools Collaborative Office within the School of Education, serves 86 students who are recruited from either one of four target high schools or one of five target neighborhoods in Boston. The high schools served are Brighton High School, The English High School, Community Academy of Science and Health, and Snowden International High School at Copley. The target neighborhoods are Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Roxbury. Students attending the target high schools are given priority in the admissions process.

Students are expected to remain with the program until their graduation from high school. Program services include an academically intensive six-week summer residential program and an after school program of tutoring and academic courses during the school year. Upward Bound services are located on the Boston University campus, which provides students with access to the University's resources. The program is free and students are paid a small stipend for their participation.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Other
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 90
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Boston University