Location: New Cabell Hall Floor 0 Room 065 | Address: PO Box 400171, Charlottesville, VA 22904 | Fax: 434.982.4554


 
 
 

 Question 1 - What is Upward Bound?
Answer: Upward Bound is a federally-funded college preparatory program for high school students. Upward Bound along with its sibling programs (Equal Opportunity Centers, Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate, Student Support Services, and Talent Search) are funded through the Higher Education Act of 1965. Veterans Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science are specialized initiatives funded to educate veterans about higher education, and strengthen the math/science skills of high school students. Please visit the Department of Education's website or The Council for Opportunity in Education for additional information about Upward Bound and other TRIO Programs.    ↑TOP


 
 

 Question 2 - Who is eligible to participate?
Answer: Individuals are eligible to apply if they are in the 9th and 10th grade during the enrollment period. They must attend one of our eleven target high schools: (Albemarle, Buckingham, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Monticello, Nelson, Orange, Waynesboro, Western Albemarle, and William Monroe).
Subsequently, applicants must reside in households in which their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not earned a Bachelor's Degree, and/or meet federal income requirements (at the time of admission).  At least seventy-five percent of the program's total population must meet both requirements.  The remaining twenty-five percent must be either low-income, first-generation college students, or individuals with a high risk for academic failure.    ↑TOP
 
 

 

 Question 3 - How many high school students are eligible to participate?
Answer: At present the University of Virginia's Upward Bound Program is funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 87 participants.    ↑TOP

 

 

 Question 4 - What does the admissions process entail?
Answer: An Upward Bound Staff Member will give prospective applicants an overview of the program at their respective high school.  If the individual misses they presentation, they may pick-up an application from their school's guidance department.  Individuals may also contact the Program Coordinator in order to request the application and other informational materials.  All prospective students must submit a completed application and report card/transcript; parents/guardians must provide documentation of household income (when requested).  In addition, applicants will be interviewed by an Upward Bound Staff member.    ↑TOP

 
 
 

 Question 5 - When does the admissions period begin and end?
Answer: Typically the spring enrollment period begins in the Early February and Concludes in May.  Individuals who are selected in the spring will start in June (with our summer program first) or in September (start of the academic year program).  Please note that regardless of when an individual starts, they are expected to participant year-round. 
If a large number of spaces are available (and no one viable is on the waiting list) in September, the program will recruit new participants.  The admissions period would start in late September and conclude in November.  Individuals selected during this enrollment period would start in January.  Usually, any vacancies are filled by individuals on the waiting list.    ↑TOP

 
 
 

 Question 6 - How are students selected?
Answer: Applicants are selected based on a combination of factors: completed application, essay, recommendations, grades, and face-to-face interview. A deficiency in one of these attributes does not automatically disqualify a candidate. Applicants will receive points for completing the previously mentioned items. If applicants have received the same number of points, a greater emphasis will be placed on the individual's recommendations and grades. If none of the applicant's recommenders completed our follow-up questions, a greater emphasis will be placed on their grades.
Finally, applicants must reside in households in which their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not earned a Bachelor's Degree, and/or meet federal income requirements. The criteria used to help made this determination can be found here. Please remember this criteria is determine by the U.S. Department of Education and is subject to change. In addition, we cannot make an accurate determination without some sort of income statement such as a tax-return (unless the individual is a foster child). Also remember that two-thirds of the program's total population must meet both requirements.  The remaining third must be either low-income, first-generation college students, or individuals with a high risk for academic failure.    ↑TOP

 
 
 

 Question 7 - When are new participants required to start?
Answer: Applicants will be notified via mail once the selection process has concluded.  Individuals who are selected in the spring will start in June (with our summer program first) or in September (start of the academic year program).  The start date will be indicated in an individual's acceptance letter.    ↑TOP

 
 
 

 Question 8 - What if my applicant is not accepted?
Answer: Candidates who did not receive an acceptance letter may be offered a spot on our waiting list. Individuals on the waiting list may considered during the Fall and Spring if a vacancy occurs.   If the individual is a 10th grader, they would be automatically reconsidered the following spring if a space does not become available beforehand.  The individual would be required to provide some updated information.
If your household receives a rejection letter, the candidate may re-apply the next year if they are in the 10th grade during the next enrollment period. Failure to complete a portion of the admissions process (application, interview, financial statement, submission of grades) will indicate your applicant's desire not to be considered for the program.    ↑TOP

 
 
 

 Question 9 - What are the program's expectations for participants?
Answer: Participants are expected to commit to Upward Bound year-round until they graduate from high school. This commitment entails attending our Saturday Sessions throughout the school year. Upward Bound Students are expected to attend our summer sessions. Students are expected to respect their peers, staff, and all individuals encountered while participating in Upward Bound sponsored outings. All parents and students will sign contracts pledging their desire to uphold Upward Bound's rules and regulations.    ↑TOP

 
 
 

 Question 10 - What services are provided to current participants?
Answer:Answer: During Saturday Sessions and the Summer Program, students are placed in academic courses that mirror their high school schedule. These courses are designed to foster support and enable students to get ahead. Please note individuals do not receive high school or college credit for participating. Tutoring services are voluntary for participants provided their grades in core-courses does not dip below a 'C'.  If a grade falls below a 'C' tutoring becomes mandatory until we receive a report card indicating improvement (C+ or better). Preparation for SOLs (Standards of Learning) and College Admissions Exams (SAT/ACT) are also provided. This may be done in as a class or within a tutoring session.
Upward Bound uses a combination of fee waivers and program funds to pay for seniors in good standing to take the ACT and SAT.  The program will use fee waivers to cover 11th graders who take the SAT and/or the ACT during the spring of their junior year.  Upward Bound will also cover the cost of SAT Subject Tests (SAT IIs) for seniors. Throughout the year Upward Bound holds cultural/social enrichment activities and visits to various colleges/universities.  The majority of our activities are free for program participants.  During the summer Upward Bound will cover the room and board of individuals who attend the summer program.  Upward Bound also offers a limited number of paid summer internship opportunities (primarily) for some of its rising seniors.  Individuals selected for the internship opportunity have demonstrated their commitment to the program, and adhere to the program's expectations.    ↑TOP

 
 
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New Cabell Hall Floor 0 Room 065
Address: PO Box 400171, Charlottesville, VA 22904
Fax: 434.982.4554
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