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Holy Names University (Upward Bound)

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

Program Description

Every year, Holy Names University Upward Bound offers over 200 high school students the extra support they need to go to college. They attend Oakland, Fremont, or Castlemont High School in the Oakland Unified School District, or Tennyson High School in the Hayward Unified School District -- and come from low-income families. With the goal of being the first generation in their families to earn a bachelor's degree, HNU Upward Bound students get the help they need to succeed -- in the welcoming environment they deserve.

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
  • Community service/service hours
  • 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: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 95%