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TRIO Upward Bound

IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19 TRIO Upward Bound has moved all services online virtually.  Our Staff are working remotely and available to work with our program participants.  Please Connect with us as needed.

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What is TRIO Upward Bound?

Upward Bound (UB) is a college preparation program designed to assist 9–12th grade students to graduate from high school and attend the college of their choice.  UB serves high school students from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Participation in UB is year round (academic year + summer) throughout your high school journey. CSUSM TRIO UB serves 75 participants from 2 high schools in the city of Escondido (Escondido HS and Orange Glen HS).

UB is a federally-funded TRIO grant program through the U.S. Department of Education. This program emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964  to assist underrepresented students to achieve their postsecondary education goals.  There are over 70,000 Upward Bound students being served, from over 900 UB programs nationally in the United States.

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Upward Bound offerings:

Academic Component

  • Academic Advising & Support
  • Tutorial services at each target school
  • UB Saturdays (once a month)
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Cultural Activities
  • College Visits
  • Assistance with completing College Admissions applications
  • Assistance with completing Financial Aid application
  • Assistance with Scholarship searches and completing applications

Summer Component

  • 6 weeks at CSUSM
  • Academic Enrichment
  • Cultural & Social Activities
  • College & Career Exploration
  • Leadership Development

TRIO Upward Bound Program is made possible by a federal grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education and in collaboration with California State University San Marcos, Escondido High School and Orange Glen High School.