About ETSU Upward Bound

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is an academic support program designed to increase high school students' opportunities to attend college.

Who is eligible for Upward Bound?

The ETSU Upward Bound program serves high school students from Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, and Sullivan county schools as well as Elizabethton, Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol city schools.  Students must meet one of the following criteria:  1) family income must meet federal guidelines, and/or 2) neither parent obtained a degree from a four-year college. Students start the program in the beginning of their freshman or sophomore year and remain in the program until they begin their college career.

What academic support is available?

The program is designed to supplement the high school curriculum and is focused on individual student academic need in all of their high school classes.  Students will receive tutoring and advanced skill development geared toward college preparation.

How can Upward Bound help students get into college?

Aside from providing an academic support system, Upward Bound provides workshops and individual counseling sessions for financial aid and scholarship information for college, ACT preparation, and career planning.  Upon graduation from high school, Upward Bound students have the opportunity to enroll in a college class at ETSU.  The Upward Bound program provides tuition, tutoring, books, and supplies for up to two summer classes.

Where and when does Upward Bound meet?

During the school year, Upward Bound has monthly meetings on Monday evenings at ETSU main campus.  The Upward Bound program provides transportation from designated pick-up points to ETSU and back to the designated pick-up points for these academic sessions.  During the school year an Upward Bound representative will visit each school once a week for a short meeting with each Upward Bound student.

During the summer, students participate in a six-week residential program at ETSU main campus.  The students attend classes in academic subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Writing, Literature, and Foreign Language.  The summer schedule also offers a variety of classes such as: art, crafts, music, dance and physical fitness activities.  Upward Bound students also attend several educational and cultural activities throughout the year.

What is the cost to participate in the Upward Bound program?

Program activities are provided at no cost to the student.  Upward Bound is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education.

To obtain an application you may either:

1. Contact the Upward Bound office at 423-439-5619

2. Click on the link below to view and print the application packet.



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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Upward Bound program at ETSU, please call 423-439-5619


Recent Local News articles about Upward Bound:

ETSU Upward Bound Gets 1 Million in Continued Funding

ETSU's Dr. Ronnie Gross receives Walter O. Mason Jr. Award

War on Poverty College Programs Still Serving 'Lucky Few'

Upward Bound students learn about water sampling at Brush Creek



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