Upward Bound provides its participants with a wide range of free services aimed at improving their academic skills and their motivation and determination to pursue post-secondary education.

Free Services we Provide Our Students

Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment

Career Exploration

Career Exploration

College Readiness

College Readiness

College Trips

College Trips

Cultural Awareness

Cultural Awareness

Service and Leadership

Service and Leadership

Academic Year

Saturday Workshops

Biweekly Tutoring

Student Advising

College Tours

Cultural and Education Trips


6 Week Residential Program

An opportunity to further receive academic enrichment in preparation for the upcoming school year and get a glimpse of what college life is like, participants live and study on UTA campus for 6 weeks beginning in June.

Students will be enrolled in Literature, Composition, Foreign Language, Science, Math, and College Readiness classes to provide an insight of the student’s upcoming academic year!

Classes will often change every summer to offer the student an opportunity to receive new experiences. Past classes have been: Leadership, Robotics, Game Design, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball.

Students will live on campus in one of UTA’s residence halls and will experience campus life! Residential Advisors will be monitoring and supervising students throughout the students’ stay on campus.

Cultural and social opportunities will be available for students to grow in career development, social and emotional development, and community services. Previous events have included the College2Career Conference, Texas Ranger Baseball games, local and statewide college tours, TRiO Olympiad, Dallas Summer Musicals, and Shakespeare in the Park.

Students who have successfully met all the requirements of the summer session are eligible to attend our summer trip. The purpose of the summer trip is to visit out of state colleges and provide an opportunity to see experience other cities. Previous trips have included Colorado, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Non-Residential Component

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 self-motivated learners. There are two options available for completing the Alternate Summer Assignment.

The student must verify they are enrolled in a summer academic program and provide verification on or before May 30th provide the report card with the grades and credits earned and verification, they’ve completed ten hours of documented community service.

Must meet with your Educational Advisor weekly throughout the summer, completed twenty hours of documented community service and attend College2 Career Conference held in June.

Summer Bridge

Following high school graduation, Upward Bound participants can earn up to 6 hours of college credit and at no cost to themselves or their families. The program is held during the second summer session at UTA. There is also no obligation or commitment to stay at UTA after the conclusion of the Bridge Program. Academic success is the focus of the Bridge Program, as students are provided with resources such as tutoring, academic advising, and weekly academic success seminars. During the five-week summer session, students also participate in cultural activities and enjoy leisure activities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Summer Bridge Benefits

Seminars that will give the student's knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to be successful during the first year of college and beyond.

Books, supplies, and tutorial sessions are available to complete coursework successfully. Coursework is transferable to most other institutions of higher education.

Residential Housing on UTA campus.

Prospective Students

You are eligible to participate in a TRiO Upward Bound program if you meet the following requirements:
1. Are a US citizen or meet residency requirements.
2. Meet federal income guidelines
3. Are a first-generation college student
4. Have a need for academic support.

We are currently accepting applications from 9th, 10th, and 11th until December 15th. Interested in learning more about UB before applying? Submit our interest form.

Follow these steps to complete your application for Upward Bound admissions.

Apply for Students! Be sure to submit your online application ASAP with supporting material.


Check your email for a confirmation from Upward Bound and invitation for an interview two-three weeks after submitting a complete application! The Interview is for us to get to know YOU!


You will receive an email and phone notification a week after your interview.


If accepted, your parents and you will need to attend.

Attend your FIRST event

Check our calendar for the first event you will be able to attend. You MUST complete orientation before attending your first event.