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Trinity University Upward Bound

  • Carmen Serrata
  • Assistant Director
  • 210-999-7586

Program Description

Upward Bound programs provide fundamental support to their participants in preparation for college. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege coursework in high school 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 parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which their participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Success Stories

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program that builds great characters and leaders. I am proud to say that I am one of those leaders. Upward Bound has prepared be for college beyond what my high school or parents could. Since my freshman year, I have participated in academic seminars and courses. Through the countless hours spent at Upward Bound, I have gained skills in communication, time management, and organization. These skills will be an advantage when attending college. I know that being on time will allow for better success not only in my academic life but also in my social life. With strong organizational skills, I will be able to prioritize my assignments and communication skills will allow me to better network with my college peers and professors. --Maria Olalde, Upward Bound Class of 2013, Trinity University, Class of 2017

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
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • St Mary's University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A & M University-College Station
  • Texas State University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Trinity University
  • University of North Texas

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Graduation: 51%