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Grand Rapids Community College Upward Bound

  • Grand Rapids Community College Upward Bound
  • 143 Bostwick Ave Ne
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Rhondo Cooper
  • Director/Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Consultant
  • (616)240-6753

Program Description

Upward Bound (UB) is a pre-college program for low-income and potential first-generation college students. Scholars of Upward Bound build academic skills that help in successfully pursuing post-secondary education. The program is free to particpants. Teachers, counselors, and social service agencies recommend eighth grade students who will attend either Grand Rapids Creston or Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills high schools. Upward Bound staff then select the students with academic potential displaying a need for the program services. Please select "How to Apply" for further information regarding the application.

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
  • Other
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%