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.

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


  • 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

Upward Bound is a federally funded TRiO program.