Launched in 1966 by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame's TRiO Upward Bound (UB) is one of the oldest and most successful college preparatory programs of its kind in the nation. Through intensive academic support and exposure to the college-going experience, Upward Bound equips South Bend high school students to enter and succeed in higher education.
Upward Bound offers students 20 weeks of individualized tutoring and instruction in core subjects during the school year. Weekly instruction occurs in after school academic enrichment sessions on the Notre Dame campus, and are organized based upon grade level and individual academic needs. These sessions also utilize project-based learning to capture student interest - applying classroom knowledge to interesting and relevant, real-world problems.During the summer, Upward Bound students live on the Notre Dame campus and receive academic instruction for up to seven weeks - earning high school credit for Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Economics and U.S. Government. In addition, students receive instruction in lab science and language arts to prepare them for future success at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.