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Kent State University (Upward Bound)

  • Kent State University (Upward Bound)
  • 800 E. Summit Street
  • Kent, OH 44240
  • (330) 672-2920
  • 1971
  • Krystle Rivera
  • Assistant Director

Program Description

Upward Bound is a federal TRiO program providing pre-college and academic support services to first-generation, income-eligible students. The program enhances overall academic preparation, career exploration and access to college resources to assure participants will have an opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Kent State University.

The Kent State University Upward Bound Classic Program has been in existence since 1971 and is a current partnership between the Kent State University, Barberton, Warren G. Harding, John R. Buchtel (Akron) High Schools, and those communities to promote college readiness and success.

Students develop a strong academic background and thorough preparation for entrance into and persistence in postsecondary education. The purpose of the program is to provide students who are first-generation college bound and meet income guidelines the preparation, support, and opportunities to successfully enter into postsecondary education.

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
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 4%
  • White: 37%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 4%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 19%
  • Other: 1%
  • African American: 35%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 118
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 99%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 66%