Upward Bound Program


The purpose of the Upward Bound Program is to generate, in low-income and first generation high school students, the academic strength, skills, and motivation required to ensure their success in postsecondary education. The program is designed to better prepare selected students to enter and complete a postsecondary educational program after the completion of high school.

The Upward Bound Program, available to students in Jefferson, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes, offers classes in mathematics, English, science, study skills, and foreign language and provides the opportunity to receive college credit in freshman English, Math and science courses. The program also addresses additional needs of the students by offering non-academic services (i.e., financial aid assistance, personal and career counseling, and ACT/SAT testing information).

Students participating in Upward Bound must attend 16 Saturday sessions at the University, throughout the academic school year, and a six-week summer residential program. During the Upward Bound summer residential program, students live on campus at Southeastern Louisiana University and attend academic and cultural classes designed to provide educational and cultural experiences.


Who Should Apply?

  • Students who are currently enrolled in 9th or 10th grade.

  • Students whose family's taxable income is no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines

  • Students whose parents have not graduated from a 4-year college or university (first generation college students)

  • Students who meet either or both of the above criteria will be selected for participation in the program based on their individual interests, needs, ability to benefit from the program, and availability of positions in the program


Printable Application