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Rhode Island College Upward Bound

  • Claudia Y. Erazo-Conrad
  • Counselor
  • (401) 456 â?? 8745

Program Description

Since 1966, the Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program has opened the door to a more prosperous future for over 2,000 high school students.

It is one of more than 950 programs throughout the country that is funded by the federal government, and is the only such project in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program is designed to instill in low-income, potential first-generation college students the skills and motivation to complete high school and to enter and graduate from college. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the high school and college graduation rates of program participants. Upward Bound is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to students from specific target high schools who meet federal eligibility requirements. The program enhances the intellectual, emotional, character and motivational development of each participant by offering rigorous academic instruction, counseling, support services, and an environment that recognizes individual differences and academic potential.

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


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 2000
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Bates College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Bryant University
  • Connecticut College
  • Drexel University
  • Georgetown University
  • Howard University
  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence
  • Morehouse College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Springfield College
  • Stonehill College
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Yale University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 98%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 77%