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Community College of Philadelphia Upward Bound

  • Kreig Joseph
  • Education Coordinator
  • (215) 751-8780

Program Description

TRIO Upward Bound is an intensive enrichment program designed to serve low income high school students who plan to be the first in their family to attend college. The program is funded by the United States Department of Education. Students are recruited from the following high schools: Benjamin Franklin, Edison-Fareira, and South Philadelphia in their freshman or sophomore years. The program curriculum is developed to reflect students needs as they aspire to go to college. The program reflects the Community College of Philadelphia's mission to provide services which inevitably result in a well-rounded student. Among the services provided are:

  • Supplemental intensive academic instruction
  • SAT Preparation
  • College application and financial aid instruction
  • After school tutoring
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • College visits
  • Counseling
  • Services Provided

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


    Race & Ethnicity

    • Asian or Pacific Islander: 30%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 20%
    • Other: 10%
    • African American: 40%

    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 63
    • Middle School: 0
    • Elementary School: 0
    • Post-secondary: 0
    • Non-traditional: 0

    Populations Served

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


    • More than 75%

    Colleges Attended
    by Alumni

    • Community College of Philadelphia