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Claflin University Upward Bound Math and Science

Program Description

The Claflin University PRISM Program is an Upward Bound Math and Science Regional Center and is a federally funded TRIO Program. Since 1990, this program has successfully helped students overcome academic, cultural, and social barriers to higher education in science and math related areas. UBMS/PRISM provides a highly focused learning experience in science and mathematics for students with sharp minds and can-do spirits. The UBMS/PRISM Program is designed for students who have a strong interest in pursing a career in a science, math or technology related field. In order to participate in the program, one must:

- Have a keen interest in a science or math career.

- Be enrolled in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade.

- Be enrolled in or have successfully completed Algebra I and Physical Science, unless it is not offered at a student's respective high school.

- Reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee.

- Participate in Upward Bound or Talent Search or be eligible for participation (by meeting federal guidelines for income and/or be a potential first generation college student.)

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • Hispanic/Latino: 4%
  • African American: 96%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 58
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%