Fairfield University Upward Bound is a federally funded program for college-bound high school students. Through comprehensive, holistic, co-curricular and academic programs, the FairfieldUniversity Upward Bound Program provides low income, potential first-generation college students with the tools necessary to access postsecondary education as full participants. We support students as they push beyond barriers to college access by engaging them in tutoring, mentoring, academic instruction, academic counseling, standardized testing classes, life skills workshops, cultural events, college visits, assistance with the college admissions and financial aid processes, financial literacy, career exploration, leadership development, and a summer residential program. All activities and services are provided at no cost to the students and their families.
Upward Bound is part of the federally funded TRiO program. The primary purpose of TRiO programs is to prepare low-income/potential first generation college students for successful entry into, retention in, and completion of postsecondary education.
What is the purpose of Upward Bound?
The goal of Upward Bound is to improve the academic performance, motivation levels, and self-confidence of the participating students so that they reach their ultimate goal of achieving a college degree.
The academic year component emphasizes academic achievement and goal setting. It includes:
- Academic Instruction/tutoring and enrichment classes at Fairfield University two to three Saturdays per month (October-May).
- Regular visits with Upward Bound staff members at the student's target high school.
- College tours and related extra-curricular activities.
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