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.

Our Vision

Striving to create Upward Bound scholars, self-actualized learners that realize education is the key to social change, that learning extends beyond the limits of the classroom, and ultimately, students that endeavor for excellence.


Upward Bound is a federally funded program founded in 1965 by the U.S. Department of Education. Located at several institutions throughout the country, the Upward Bound Program at UT Arlington has been providing services to area high school students since 1982. We look to serve students who would be the first in their families to attend college, come from economically disadvantaged families, or who have demonstrated they are academically at risk.

Upward Bound serves 8th - 11th grade students attending high schools in Arlington ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, and Mansfield ISD. At present, there are two Upward Bound Programs on UT Arlington's campus:

UPWARD BOUND I - funded to serve 82 students from Sam Houston and Grand Prairie High Schools

UPWARD BOUND II - funded to serve 62 students from Arlington, Bowie, Lamar, Seguin, South Grand Prairie, and Timberview High Schools.

Free Services

  • After-school tutoring
  • Academic instruction
  • STAAR/PSAT/SAT/ACT preparation
  • College tours
  • Workshops
  • Summer residential program
  • Monthly community service opportunities
  • Cultural & educational field trips
  • Monthly stipend
  • Opportunity to travel all over the country
  • Many more activities and long lasting experiences
  • Career Development

Who is Elegible

  • Eligibility for program services can be determined on one or more of the following factors:
  • Students who have completed the 8th grade, or are in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade;
  • Students who are enrolled in Arlington, Sam Houston, Lamar, Seguin, Bowie, Timberview, South Grand Prairie, or Grand Prairie High Schools
  • Students whose parents have not completed 4 year college degrees or come within other requirements
  • Students who demonstrate a need for the program services, in order to pursue post-secondary education.