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Who can participate in the Upward Bound Program?: 1) Prospective first-generation college students (neither parent has earned a four-year college degree); 2) Students who come from families that meet low-income guidelines, defined as below federal household guidelines; 3) Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and attend one of the program's three target Dayton Public Schools: Meadowdale, Belmont, or Dunbar; and 4) High school students who have completed the 8th grade, but have not yet started the 12th grade.

What is the program's cost?: There is no cost to participants or their families for the program's services, which includes room, food and fees (excluding medical expenses).

Can I just attend the Summer Academy?: No. The Upward Bound Program is a year-round program which provides support to students all throughout high school. Students are required to attend the Summer Academy and the academic year component as well.

Where can I get an application?: Contact us or your school counselor, or download a copy of the application.

When can I apply?: Students interested in the Upward Bound Program can apply as early as the Spring of their 8th grade year, to be considered for a Summer Start; and at any time while they are enrolled in high school, but prior to the summer before their Senior year.

How many students are enrolled in the Upward Bound Program?: The program is funded to serve 63 students.

Where can I learn more about the Upward Bound Program?: View our brochure (pdf) >>

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University of Dayton Upward Bound Program

Fitz Hall 618 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2969

937-229-3580