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About Upward Bound

Location: Thompson Hall - Room 105
Phone: 978.665.3439

Upward Bound is a year-round, college preparatory program (TRIO) funded by the Department of Education and sponsored by Fitchburg State University since 1989. The program stresses academic development, serving 87 high school students in Fitchburg and Leominster for the duration of their high school career and beyond. Eligibility is based on first generation college status, family income, and academic motivation.

Upward Bounds' school year program provides academic support for students through tutoring services, educational and college preparatory workshops, and cultural field trips. Program participantes have access to many of the college's resources and facilities.

Each summer, Upward Bound students take part in a 6-week residential program. Students live on campus Monday through Friday at Fitchburg State University and take academic courses to better prepare them for college. In addition, students volunteer at community work sites and participated in a variety of recreational and cultural activities.

Admission to the Upward Bound Program is on a rolling basis, dependent on openings. For more information, students can contact their school guidance counselor or the Upward Bound Program at Fitchburg State University (978.665.3439). The Upward Bound staff is happy to meet students and their parent/guardian at school, a community location, or Fitchburg State University.

Fitchburg State University's Upward Bound program serves students from Leominster High School, Fitchburg High School, Sizer School, and Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.

Upward Bound is a TRIO program. Learn more about TRIO programs on the Council for Opportunity in Education website.