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University of the District of Columbia Upward Bound

  • University of the District of Columbia Upward Bound
  • 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
  • Washington, DC 20008
  • 202-274-5032
  • 1965
  • Cindi Jackson
  • Educational Counselor
  • 202-274-5590

Program Description

Upward Bound is a year-round college preparatory program that provides high school students academic assistance, educational and career guidance and cultural enrichment activities. Students are expected to remain in the program until they complete high school. The program is sponsored by the University of the District of Columbia's Office for TRIO and College Preparatory Programs. It encourages high school students to graduate and pursue a post-secondary education. It is a part of UDC's Student Development & Success.

Mission Statement

The Upward Bound Program is funded by the US Department of Education and is designed to strengthen academic skills as well as provide the motivation necessary for educational success beyond high school.

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
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Populations Served

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


  • Less than 25%