Upward Bound is a pre-college program designed to prepare high school students attending Cincinnati Public schools, for university success by providing them with essential skills in the areas of academic enrichment, personal development, career exploration, and cultural exposure. For Mount St. Joseph University's Upward Bound Program is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S.. Department of Education and the Mount. The program receives 95 percent of its funding from the U.S.. Department of Education and five percent from Mount St. Joseph University.
The Mount's Upward Bound program serves students in grades 9-12 living in the Cincinnati Public School District. Students possessing a minimum set grade point average may enter the program during their freshman or sophomore year, and continue their membership throughout high school. The program requires students to commit to participating both during the academic year as well as the Summer Academy.
Upward Bound's target population encompasses those students who are least likely to take advantage of higher education due to economic and information barriers. Two-thirds of Upward Bound members are from low income families and/or families whose heads of household do not possess a baccalaureate degree (first generation university student).