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Bowdoin College Upward Bound Program

Program Description

Bowdoin College Upward Bound is a federally funded TRiO program serving over 100 low-income, first-generation college-bound high school students each year. The program and its staff works closely with students through school year outreach (college and academic counseling, financial aid counseling, fee waivers, college tours, and cultural enrichment opportunities) and a six week residential summer program on the Bowdoin College campus. Designed to provide academic preparation and enrichment as well as college campus experience, students are encouraged and given support to reach for their dreams while systematically breaking down the barriers to college that low income, first generation students face.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 2%
  • White: 80%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 4%
  • African American: 14%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 107
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students

First-Generation

  • More than 75%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Beloit College
  • Boston University (1)
  • Bowdoin College (5)
  • Brandeis University (1)
  • Clark University (2)
  • Colby College (5)
  • Colgate University (1)
  • Husson University
  • Maine Maritime Academy (3)
  • Northeastern University (1)
  • Skidmore College (2)
  • Smith College (3)
  • Stonehill College (1)
  • Thomas College (5)
  • University of Maine (50)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (25)
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent (15)
  • University of Maine at Machias (10)
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle (15)
  • University of Southern Maine (15)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 84%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 71%