The Upward Bound programs at the University of Delaware are part of the federal TRIO family of programs for equality in educational opportunity for students from low-income and first-generation college backgrounds.  For more than 40 years, TRIO programs have assisted students from low-income families in which neither parent graduated from college, to prepare for higher education, gain admittance to college, and earn a baccalaureate degree. 

UD’s Upward Bound programs combine academics with systematic academic support, general counseling and cultural enrichment experiences through summer residential programs and academic year experiences.  Both are committed to developing a community of support that will encourage our students to reach for and realize their potential as students and as members of the larger society.

Classic Upward Bound (UB) provides tutoring and academic support to 54 eligible high school students at target high schools in New Castle County.  During the academic year, students meet twice weekly in the evening for tutoring and one Saturday a month for a variety of academic workshops, college tours, and cultural trips.  The six-week residential summer program consists of intensive English, math, science, and Latin courses taught on the UDelaware campus.  Students live on campus during the week and return home most weekends.

Upward Bound Math/Science (UBMS) provides assistance and guidance to high school students interested in degrees and careers in the math and science fields.  This program annually serves 66 eligible high school students in target high schools in Delaware and Maryland. For six weeks in the summer, students take intensive classes in math, science, English and a foreign language, attend study sessions with tutors, and live on UD’s Newark campus with college students who serve in the dual roles of resident assistant and tutor.  During the academic year, UBMS offers monthly workshops on careers, majors, financial aid and study skills, as well as college tours.