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SUNY Adirondack Upward Bound

  • SUNY Adirondack Upward Bound
  • 640 Bay Road
  • Queensbury, NY 12804
  • 866-977-1445
  • Kelsey Lorusso
  • Project Director
  • (518) 743-2299

Program Description

SUNY Adirondack's TRIO Upward Bound program is fully funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 63 students from Fort Ann, Fort Edward, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls and South Glens Falls high schools at no cost to the students or their families. Upward Bound provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parents holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Upward Bound provided year round services to student participants. During the academic year, students work closely with their Upward Bound Advisor during In School Visits, and receive services in some or all of the following areas: tutoring and mentoring, academic and career counseling, personal advisement, work-study/job shadow programs, ACT/SAT preparation, financial aid and financial literacy, and college trips. The summer program is offered on the SUNY Adirondack campus. During the six-week program, required courses in math, laboratory science, composition and literature, and foreign language are offered, as well as elective courses, personal growth and leadership development opportunities.

Students are also offered the opportunity to participate in community service, recreational activities, cultural events and overnight college trips that will help them to build new and lasting relationships with other TRIO Upward Bound students and develop a greater understanding of the world around them. The shared goals among all activities and courses provided through TRIO Upward Bound are designed to expose students to new and different experiences, teaching them to become active participants in their own learning, and preparing them for the social and academic challenges of 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
  • Community service/service hours
  • Leadership development


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 63
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Boston College
  • Clarkson University
  • Colgate University
  • New York University
  • Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Michael's College
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • Stony Brook University
  • SUNY Buffalo State
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • SUNY College at Plattsburgh
  • SUNY College at Potsdam
  • SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
  • University at Buffalo

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 84%