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Funded by the U.S. Department of Education & housed at UCO



Who We Are

Upward Bound is a college-preparation program designed to encourage students to develop the academic skills and motivation necessary for success in post-secondary education. The program focuses on providing equal opportunity for:

  • Economically challenged students

  • Prospective first-generation college students



 What We Do

The Upward Bound Program provides participants a strong curriculum, comprehensive and appropriate activities eleven months of the year.  Once admitted to the program students may participate until they graduate from high school.
Click here to learn more about the programs offered for students in grades 9-12

During students’ senior year they participate in a year long Bridge Program. Upon high school graduation selected students participate in the Summer Bridge Program where they attend regular university courses and have an opportunity to earn six credit hours.

Participants receive a small incentive stipend based on attendance and academic performance.

Upward Bound does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, handicap, or disability.



  • Attend one of our target schools: Capitol Hill High School, Crooked Oak High School or Star Spencer High School.

  • Meet low-income guidelines as determined by the U.S. Department of Education

  • Will be a First-generation graduate (neither father nor mother has graduated from a 4-year university)

  • Completed the 8th grade and is at least 14 years old

  • 2.7 GPA or higher

  • Demonstrate academic need



Contact Information

   Max Chambers Library, Room 221
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Dr. Box 95
Edmond, OK 73034
P: (405) 974-3608
P: (405) 974-3602
F: (405) 974-3881