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University of Southern California Upward Bound

  • Maceo Willis
  • College Access Instructor
  • (323) 799-5616

Program Description

The federally funded TRiO programs were created to motivate and support low-income and first-generation, minority students in progressing through the academic pipeline from middle school through college. USC TRiO includes three Upward Bound programs, one Upward Bound Math-Science program and two Educational Talent Search programs.

Part of the university since 1977, Upward Bound is an intensive pre-college preparatory program comprising three components:

  • The Saturday Academy, an academic support program that meets at USCs University Park campus on Saturdays from September to May, providing tutoring, academic advisement, college tours, enrichment courses and SAT preparation;
  • A summer residential program that gives students a real college experience by allowing them to live and take classes on the University Park campus; and
  • Ongoing assessment by an academic adviser who makes weekly visits to partner schools, meeting with students, teachers and counselors to make sure that students are on track academically.
  • Services Provided

    • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College fairs/campus visits
    • College transition and retention support
    • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
    • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 1000
    • 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

    • California State University-Dominguez Hills
    • California State University-Long Beach
    • University of California-Davis
    • University of California-Los Angeles
    • University of Southern California