Welcome to the Upward Bound Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We are a federally funded educational program designed to provide services to ninety-nine (99) eligible high school youth to assist them in building skills and motivation that will ensure success in education beyond high school. The Program is a part of the Office of the Provost and has existed on Carolina’s campus since 1966.
Upward Bound recruits and serves students that are low-income and potential first generation college students from 6 target high schools in Chatham, Durham, and Lee counties. Students enrolled in the program participate throughout high school and immediately after high school graduation. During the academic year, students are provided with after school tutoring, Saturday workshops held at UNC Chapel Hill, and campus visits. In the summer, participants live on campus and take classes to help them in the upcoming fall semester. There is also an internship opportunity for select students to be matched with an employer in the career field of their interest. All students receive research experience, academic and career advising, financial planning assistance, testing preparation, and help navigating the college application and decision process. Every service provided through Upward Bound is completely free for program participants.