Upward Bound

The Upward Bound program at UTA has been providing academic and college access services to designated high school students in Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield since 1982.

Our Mission

We are the visionary youth of Upward Bound, and our mission is to graduate from college so we can succeed in a global society. Our dedication to academic rigor, community service, personal growth and leadership will light our path to college readiness. Though we know there will be hardships, our self-respect, friendships, dedication and perseverance will be our tools to overcome barriers and dismantle them for the generations who follow. We are Upward Bound in success. We are Upward Bound in spirit. We are Upward Bound.

2023 Summer Highlights

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High Schools Upward Bound Serves

Arlington ISD

Grand Prairie ISD

Mansfield ISD

Arlington HS
Bowie HS
Juan Seguin HS
Lamar HS
Sam Houston HS
Grand Prairie HS
South Grand Prairie HS
Summit HS
Timberview HS


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Chisom A.

Through Upward Bound, I was able to understand that success was within my reach, regardless of the initial boundaries I may face. Being in an...

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Shamaria P.

In high school, I joined Upward Bound as a sophomore all the way to my senior year. The program gave me so much insight on what college will be, what...

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Vicentia G.

Upward Bound has projected me to realize my potential. Entering the program, I was not thinking of what I'd have liked to do with my life; I wasn't...

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Jayden M.

"This summer was fun; I loved the college dorm experience. I also loved the college fair and learned a lot of good resources from it. This program...

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