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Case Western Upward Bound

  • Miguel Sanders
  • Director
  • 216-368-3758

Program Description

The Upward Bound Program is the oldest of the pre-college programs at Case Western Reserve University. Established in 1966, the program is designed to prepare low-income and potential first-generation college high school students for successful post-secondary studies. High school students who attend any one of three Cleveland public schools, grades nine through twelve, are eligible for participation in the program. The program is year round and includes a six week summer residential component and a well developed academic year component.

During the summer in a simulated college environment, students reside in university residence hall, receive intensive academic instruction in mathematics, natural sciences with laboratory, English/literature, reading, study skills, computer science and foreign language. They also participate in a community service project.

During the academic year, students participate in the Saturday Enrichment Program, which provides academic courses and instruction for passing the Ohio Graduation Test. Students also attend weekly tutorials and participate in workshops that focus on personal growth and development. College planning and placement assistance, the SAT/ACT review program (Math and English components), cultural activities, and individual/group counseling and advising (personal, academic, and career) are active areas of the program year-round. Annually, the program serves 110 high school students. Services are free.

Services Provided

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


Race & Ethnicity

  • Hispanic/Latino: 2%
  • African American: 98%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 110
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%