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Holy Names University (Upward Bound)

  • Omar Franco
  • Interim Director
  • (510) 436-1626

Program Description

The Holy Names University Upward Bound Project is an academic outreach program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Each year, we serve over ninety youths between 13 and 19 years old (grades 9 through 12) who have demonstrated a need for academic support. In order to participate, all students must attend schools in the Oakland Unified School District, and all students must come from low-income families whose parents have not earned a bachelor's degree.

Holy Names University Upward Bound's goal is to increase the rates at which low income students attending Oakland high schools enroll in and graduate from post secondary institutions by providing fundamental support such as help with the college admissions process and assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations.

Holy Names University Upward Bound also provides participants with a college experience through a five-week, full-time residential summer program at Holy Names University. The summer experience is reinforced with weekly tutorial, Saturday Academy, and college tours during the school year.

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
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants



  • Between 50% and 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 95%