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CSULA Upward Bound (Pasadena)

  • CSULA Upward Bound (Pasadena)
  • 5151 State University Drive
    King Hall D-150 (Basement)
  • Los Angeles, CA 90032
  • (323) 343-3238
  • 1980

Program Description

Cal State LA first received an Upward Bound grant in 1980 and established a program serving Pasadena schools. The grant has been renewed and additional grant funding has been awarded since then, allowing the Cal State LA program to grow. Upward Bound at Cal State LA now serves approximately 325 students annually through the Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science programs offered to public schools in Pasadena and Los Angeles.


The UB program strives to instill the importance and value of postsecondary education in its participants through a rigorous academic program and caring staff. Our goal is to generate in participants the skills and motivation necessary for success in secondary education and beyond.


We are in Upward Bound because we care about ourselves and for each other. We see this program as an exceptional opportunity to develop our potential and we intend to take full advantage of it. The spirit of Upward Bound is that of friendship, cooperation, respect and support for each other. It is also a spirit of honesty, dedication, and learning. This is our program. We are Upward Bound. If all of us do our best, then all of us will succeed.

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
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 163
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
  • California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
  • California State University-Sacramento
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Pasadena City College
  • Rio Hondo College
  • University of California-Irvine
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of California-Santa Barbara

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 90%