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University of Massachusetts Amherst (Upward Bound)

Program Description

We are a program designed to help high school students from first generation, low-income families gain college access. We focus on the voices and assets of our students, as we help them build their fount of resilience. Our programming includes youth participatory action, life skills classes and educational self-advocacy. We do this alongside and in addition to the traditional Upward Bound structure of college preparation and academic support.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 1%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 60%
  • African American: 38%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 60
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

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


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%