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West Virginia University Upward Bound

  • West Virginia University Upward Bound
  • P.O. Box 6891
  • Morgantown, WV 26506
  • 304-293-6199

Program Description

Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRiO program established to help high school students overcome social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. Upward Bound seeks to first help students achieve academic success in and to graduate from high school, and secondly to encourage enrollment and persistence in post-secondary education. Students participate in weekly tutoring, monthly activities at the high school and on campus, and a residential summer program.

WVU Upward Bound serves students in grades 9 through 12 from Clay-Battelle, Grafton, and Preston high schools, who meet federal eligibility requirements. Eligible students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • 1) Students are income-eligible as determined by the federal government
  • 2) Students are first-generation college attendees (neither the student's mother nor father has graduated with a four-year degree); and/or
  • 3) Students are considered academically at-risk (as defined by the federal government).

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
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 98%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 57
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Between 50% and 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 80%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 84%