What is Upward Bound?

The Upward Bound Programs at California State University, Fresno serve low-income, first-generation college bound high school students who have the potential to succeed in college, but whose high school grades and test scores do not reflect that potential. Funded by the United States Department of Education, Upward Bound provides opportunities and assistance to students in acquiring the academic skill development and motivational support through teaching and counseling. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase high school graduation rates and participants enrollment in and graduation from institutions of post-secondary education.

Mission Statement

Upward Bound provides academic, career, and personal development activities designed to allow its students to graduate from high school in a timely manner, to ease their transition into post secondary education, and to achieve the personal and professional goals that they have created for themselves. 

Vision Statement 

Fresno State Upward Bound envisions a program that provides exemplary activities and services designed to ignite our students desire to learn, to achieve, and to become inspirational leaders to others.

Our programs are continuously recruiting from these schools:

Classic Upward Bound

  • Edison High School
  • Madera High School
  • Madera South High School

Upward Bound

  • Fresno High School
  • McLane High School
  • Roosevelt High School

Eligibility:

  • 9th or 10th grade high school students
  • Low-income and/or first generation college bound high school students
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA

Division of Student Affairs - Vision, Mission, and Core Values

Fresno State - 2016 - 2021 DOSAEM Strategic Plan

Upward Bound is a federally funded TRiO program.