USC Upward Bound

USC’s Upward Bound programs are designed to help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. These programs provide counseling, academic instruction, tutoring, assistance in applying for college admissions, financial aid, encouragement, and support. Academic assistance is also provided via our Saturday Academy and Summer Residential programs.

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Student served per from various Los Angeles high schools.​
About Upward Bound at USC (English)
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History of TRiO

Upward Bound (UB) was the first of many TRIO programs to be born out of a time where people demanded educational opportunities for everyone. It was not only a matter of access but also a response to poverty. Ideas of educational opportunity emerged from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration’s “War on Poverty”, The Economic Opportunity Act of 1965, and Higher Education Amendments that began in the 1970’s until the 1990’s. The term “TRIO” was coined in the late 1960’s and was used to describe all the federally funded programs that came out of the previously mentioned acts. The term TRIO encompasses UB, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Training Programs for Federal TRIO Programs, McNair Scholar program, and UB Math/Science program

Our Services

Summer Program

In our six-week program, students take academic courses for credit and participate in other enrichment activities.

Saturday Academy

Students take academic enrichment courses and receive college guidance and preparation.

Academic Advising

All students meet weekly with their Academic Advisor to develop their academic plan and assess their progress.

Tutoring

All students have access to private or group tutoring with trained Upward Bound tutors in almost every subject.