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Tennessee State University - Upward Bound

  • Victoria Hayes
  • Director
  • (615) 963-7461

Program Description

The Tennessee State University Upward Bound Program is a Pre-College program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the program is to generate the skills and motivation necessary for project participants to succeed in secondary education and beyond.

The Upward Bound Program provides counseling (academic, career, individual, and group), instruction, tutoring, and cultural enrichment activities for students attending or zoned for the following high schools: Glencliff, Maplewood, Pearl-Cohn Magnet, Stratford and Whites Creek.

The program consists of two components:
  • A six weeks summer phase
  • A twenty-two (22) weeks academic phase
  • The summer component provides an intensive educational residential program. The academic component begins in September and ends in May of each year focusing on tutoring, academic instruction and counseling. These services are available after school and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

    A student is eligible to participate if at the time of initial selection:
  • Has completed the eighth grade but has not entered the twelfth grade;
  • Is a potential first-generation college student.
  • Meets the income guideline.
  • Has a need for academic support in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond high school.
  • Services Provided

    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College transition and retention support
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
    • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 62
    • Middle School: 0
    • Elementary School: 0
    • Post-secondary: 0
    • Non-traditional: 0


    • Less than 25%

    Colleges Attended
    by Alumni

    • Middle Tennessee State University
    • Nashville State Community College
    • Tennessee State University
    • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
    • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville