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University of Texas Arlington Upward Bound

  • University of Texas Arlington Upward Bound
  • 503 W. Third Street
    Carlisle Hall, Suite 706 P.O. Box 19356
  • Arlington, TX 76019
  • 817-272-2610
  • Fidel Zapata
  • RIDGE Coordinator; TRIO Pre-College Programs
  • 817.272.2633

Program Description

Upward Bound is a federally funded program founded in 1965 by the U.S. Department of Education. Located at several institutions throughout the country, the Upward Bound Program at UT Arlington has been providing services to area high school students since 1982. Participants are potential first generation college students and several belong to low-income families.

The program focuses on equipping these students with the necessary skills to succeed, both academically and personally, after high school graduation. Services include after-school tutoring, academic instruction in core curriculum, TAKS/PSAT/SAT/ACT preparation, college tours, workshops, summer residential program, monthly community service opportunities, cultural & educational field trips and a host of other activities. Participants also receive a monthly stipend.

Upward Bound serves 9th - 12th grade students attending high schools in Arlington ISD and Grand Prairie ISD. At present, there are two Upward Bound Programs on UT Arlington's campus:

    • UPWARD BOUND I - funded to serve 80 students from Sam Houston and Grand Prairie High Schools
    • UPWARD BOUND II - funded to serve 60 students from Arlington, Bowie, Lamar, Seguin, South Grand Prairie and Timberview High Schools.

    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
    • Parent/family services
    • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
    • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 140
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

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


  • Between 50% and 75%