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University of New Hampshire Upward Bound

  • University of New Hampshire Upward Bound
  • Nesmith Hall
    131 Main St
  • Durham, NH 03824
  • (603) 862-3268
  • 1966

Program Description

The University of New Hampshire Upward Bound program helps low-income, potential first generation high school students achieve their dreams of going on to and being successful in higher education. The students that Upward Bound serves must come from low-income families (with incomes at or below 150% of poverty) and/or are first generation potential college students (neither parent/guardian has earned a bachelor's degree).

The program has been in continuous operation on the University of New Hampshire campus since 1965 and has helped several thousand New Hampshire young people realize their academic potential and achieve their career aspirations. A federal TRIO program, UNH Upward Bound is 100% funded by the US Department of Education through a competitive grant competition every five years. As one of only two Upward Bound projects in New Hampshire, UNH Upward Bound serves 114 students in six high schools located in southern and eastern New Hampshire.

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
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 114
  • 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

  • Keene State College
  • Plymouth State University
  • University of New Hampshire-Main Campus