Goals

Upward Bound has the following goals:

  • To provide participating students with maximum exposure to the career and educational opportunities afforded to college graduates.
  • To increase the high school graduation rate of participating students.
  • To increase the college acceptance, retention, and graduation rates of area students.


To participate in the Upward Bound program, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. You must also be committed to postsecondary education, have a need for academic assistance, and meet these criteria:

  1. Be between the ages of 13 and 19.
  2. Be enrolled in a high school in Anderson, Oconee or Pickens County.
  3. A.) Have a family income that meets the federal economic guidelines
                                                                  OR
    B.) Be a first-generation college-bound student (neither parent has a four-year college degree).