Upward Bound Program


The Upward Bound (UB) Program motivates and prepares Connecticut students from underserved communities with potential for success, in grades 9-12 and at the post-secondary level.

Upward Bound builds on the success of more than 50 years of working with Connecticut’s first generation to college and low-income students. The Upward Bound Program receives funding from the United States Department of Education and the University of Connecticut to provide ongoing support through academic year and summer components in the cities of Hartford, Norwich, Naugatuck, and Windham.

Upward Bound enhances educational opportunities for students throughout the academic year by offering programs and services in 5 key areas:

  • High School Success
  • College and Career Preparation
  • Health and Wellness
  • Personal Development
  • Family Engagement

Through a six-week on-campus experience during the summer, Upward Bound  students have the opportunity to

  • Complete Foundational Courses
  • Cultivate Skills for College Preparedness
  • Develop a Well-Rounded College Admissions Profile
  • Engage in Voluntary Personal Enrichment Activities

Program Eligibility

A student is eligible to participate in the Upward Bound Math & Science program if all of the following requirements are met:

  • A desire to attend a college or university
  • Academic or personal need for the program
  • Family household income meets guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education
  • A potential first-generation student from a family where neither parent/guardian has a four-year college degree
  • A U.S. citizen, naturalized, or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Between the ages of 13 and 19 years of age
  • Demonstrate an interest in careers in math and/or science fields
  • Attend a target school


There is no charge other than your commitment to enroll in and complete a two or four-year degree at a college or university.

Target Schools

  • Naugatuck High School
  • Norwich Free Academy School
  • Windham High School


Please contact Interim College Access Programs Director, Dr. Tadarrayl Starke by emailing his assistant Berkeley Nowosad at berkeley.nowosad@uconn.edu