Program services

The University of Nevada, Reno supports three classic Upward Bound programs and one Upward Bound Math Science program that deliver college preparatory services and support to high-achieving, income-qualified, first-generation high school students. The Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science programs provide year-round academic support and college planning services to 246 students at eight target schools in Washoe and Lyon Counties. Visit our eligibility page for information on eligibility and applying to an Upward Bound classic or Math Science program.

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  • Academic achievement

    Each Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science student meets bimonthly with their grant counselor to develop goals, strategies and skills for academic success and post-secondary readiness.

    • Time management and organization
    • Study skills and test preparation
    • Personal and social skill development
    • Individual education planning and goal development
    • Course planning and dual enrollment advisement
    • College planning
  • College Preparatory Saturday Sessions (CPSS)

    Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science students attend monthly College Preparatory Saturday Sessions (CPSS). During these sessions, students engage in college planning workshops to develop post-secondary goals and readiness.

    • Leadership development
    • College exploration
    • Career exploration
    • Professionalism
    • Study skills and test preparation
    • ACT and SAT preparation and registration
    • College admissions and application process
    • Financial literacy and scholarships
    • College matriculation process
  • Tutoring

    Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science provides tutoring services on the University campus and at select target high schools. University students and certified teachers provide academic support and resources to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in rigorous high school courses and prepare for university level work.

    • Assistance with course content and curriculum
    • Study strategies and test preparation
    • Organization, prioritization, and academic planning strategies
    • Critical thinking and problem solving development
    • Literacy support with writing and reading comprehension
  • Learning, leadership and service

    Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science students participate in various enrichment activities that promote leadership, personal and social development, and cultural capital.

    • Service learning activities and projects
    • Mentoring and internships
    • Collaborations with University and community partners
    • STEM learning activities
    • Cultural activities and trips
    • Literacy, scholarship and college planning workshops
  • College planning and exploration

    Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science programs provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of post-secondary options, opportunities, and processes. Students have the ability to explore various campuses through multi-day college tours to in-state and out of state colleges and universities.

    • College fairs
    • College tours to out-of-state campuses
    • Dual enrollment opportunities
    • Exposure to degree programs and University faculty
    • Post-secondary planning and goal-setting
  • Residential Summer Academy

    The Residential Summer Academy program takes place on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Participants in this five to six week program take courses designed to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in preparation for rigorous high school courses and university level work. Students live in residence halls and gain exposure to campus life and resources. The Upward Bound/UBMS programs pay for all residential meals, housing, and expenses.

    • Five-to-six week program at the University of Nevada, Reno
    • Housing and meals provided in a University residence hall
    • Innovative and engaging curriculum o Interpersonal and social skill development
    • Cultural, enrichment and co-curricular activities
    • Internships, mentorship and interactions with University professors and students
  • Regional Residential Math Science Summer Academy

    Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science students may apply to participate in the University of California, Berkeley Upward Bound Math Science Summer Academy. Participants in this six-week program reside at the UC Berkeley campus and take rigorous math and science courses designed to prepare students for degree programs in STEM fields. All transportation, residential meals, housing, and expenses are covered for participants.

    • Six-week program at the University of California, Berkeley
    • Housing and meals provided in a University residence hall
    • Rigorous math and science curriculum
    • Interpersonal and social skill development
    • Cultural, enrichment, and co-curricular activities
  • Online summer program

    Returning students who have already participated in a residential summer program may elect to participate in an online summer program. Online summer program participants complete web-based ACT and SAT test preparation lessons.

  • Summer dual enrollment

    Returning students who have already participated in a residential summer program and meet dual enrollment standards may elect to take a summer dual enrollment course. Dual enrollment courses are offered in partnership with the Truckee Meadows Community College Jump Start program and provide students with the opportunity to dually earn high school and college course credit.