The Upward Bound program prepares and motivates high school students that are limited income, first generation, and college bound, for success in education beyond high school. Students take Upward Bound classes at their schools during the academic year and participate in a six-week summer residential program on the campus of Boise State University.
The academic year program includes daily instruction in current events, college prep math, literature, language arts, career and college exploration, and science as well as academic tutoring. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to attend the Boise College Fair, local college visits, Hispanic Youth Symposium and Upward Bound Math-Science programs.
The summer program includes college preparation courses, workshops, enrichment classes, and extracurricular activities. Students model the college-going experience by living in the dorms and taking classes in college classrooms. Students also participate in weekly service learning activities and an out-of-state college tour.