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Alternate Summer

Alternate Summer Non-Residential

Students not enrolled in the Summer Residential Program due to their attendance in a mandated summer school enrollment, dual credit or summer training program are able to fulfill this requirement by completing the Alternative Summer Assignment (ASA) form. This assignment is designed to meet the needs of and provide guidance for the self motivated learners. There are two options available for completing the Alternate Summer Assignment.

Option I: The student must verify they are enrolled in a summer academic program and provide verification on or before the first of July, provide the report card with the grades and credits earned and verification they’ve completed ten hours of documented community service.

Option II: For those student not enrolled in a summer academic program, these students must participate in the Non-Residential Program held in August, provide verification they’ve completed ten hours of documented community service and attend College2 Career Conference held in June and the scheduled community service project held in August.

C.O.R.E Summer Training Bridge

The C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunity for Rigor in Education) Summer Training Bridge currently sponsored by the Upward Bound program is a week-long intensive residential program available for those program students who have graduated from High School , are not attending the UT-Arlington Summer Bridge and are enrolling into college in the fall. The courses do not offer college credit, however, the program provides a series of relevant challenges and practical applications that bring together a lifetime of acquired knowledge and skills to support their transition to college and promote persistence to college completion.

Residential Academic Component

The Upward Bound Program Summer Component is an extension of the Academic Year and offers participants the opportunity to further receive academic enrichment in preparation for the upcoming school year as well as get a glimpse of what college life is like. Participants live and study on the UT Arlington campus for 6 weeks beginning in June.


Students take academic courses in Literature, Composition, Foreign Language (changes every summer), Math, Science, and Science Lab. To give them an opportunity to get a head start, students are placed according to the level they will be taking for the following school year.


In the afternoon, students take elective courses in various disciplines. Course offerings change every summer to offer the students an opportunity to receive new experiences. On Friday mornings, students take Workshops/Seminars which allow them to grow personally, socially, and professionally.

Residential Campus Life Component

Students live on campus in one of the university's residence halls. College students called Residential Advisors are hired to live with the students in the Residence Hall and to provide supervision, support, and mentoring for all students. Students learn the ins and outs of living on campus, taking part in residence hall activities as well as campus dining services. Upward Bound students have access to the university's libraries, gyms, and computer labs as if they were fulltime college students.

Summer Activities

Students also have the opportunity take part in various summer activities. Upward Bound students participate in community service throughout the summer. Past community service events have included: Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries, Mission Arlington, and local retirement homes. Cultural and social events have included: College2 Career Conference, Academic Bowl Competitions, College Tours, TRiO Olympiad, and Shakespeare in the Park.