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TRIO Upward Bound University of Montana

  • TRIO Upward Bound University of Montana
  • 32 Campus Dr.
  • Missoula, MT 59812

Program Description

In 1966 the University of Montana was successfully funded an Upward Bound grant. With sustained funding from 1966 to date, over 3,000 high school students have been assisted by the program.

The University of Montana Upward Bound Program serves students attending Missoula Hellgate, Missoula Big Sky, and Browning High Schools. The high schools have been carefully selected because of the wonderful opportunity to serve a broad range of culturally diverse students with need for academic support in order for them to reach their dream of attending college. Addressing diversity makes considerable sense considering the mobile global workforce that brings foreign employees to America and sends American employees overseas. Students must develop a sense of tolerance and cultural appreciation as an important job skill.

Eligible Upward Bound high school students must be raised in low income families and/or families where neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree. Over two-thirds of the participants satisfy both of these requirements. Additionally, the students must demonstrate academic need for program services and aspire to attend college once they graduate from high school. The UM Upward Bound Program is comprised of 3 componentsâ??the academic year support services, summer instructional, and the Bridge Scholars' component. Designed to provide sustained service from 9th grade through high school graduation, the components complement one another.

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


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 3000
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • The University of Montana

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 75%