Pre-College Programs

Upward Bound Programs

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Upward Bound programs are federally funded program through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is sponsored by the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). The program has been created to help prepare high school students for success in postsecondary education (in a STEM-related field for our Math Science Scholars) 

Our programs provide assistance free of charge to eligible high school students who demonstrate potential to succeed in college. Eligible participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be economically disadvantaged, and be a potential first generation to college student.

Mission Statement

The Upward Bound Programs at Cal Poly Pomona are designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low‐income and potential first‐generation college students who are enrolled in the following high schools: Chaffey HS,Chino HS, Don Antonio Lugo HS,  Fremont Academy, Ganesha HS, Garey HS, Montclair HS, Ontario HS, Pomona HS, and Village Academy. UB / UBMS assists students in successful completion of high school and entry into postsecondary education by accomplishing program goals and objectives. All services and activities are offered and provided at no cost to participants or their families. Each program component is geared to assist students to become (1) more informed of the educational, social, and cultural opportunities available at postsecondary institutions, (2) acquaint participants with the range of career options available to them, (3) assist students in developing and implementing effective life skills, and (4) assist students in successfully gaining admittance and being retained at postsecondary institutions.

Student Participants

A total of 445 students participate in this year‐round program. High school students are selected from target high school sites as part of the mission statement. Students participate until their high school graduation. Once students gain admission to a postsecondary institution of their choice, UB connects students with post‐secondary programs that help to retain students in college until graduation. All students are tracked for up to 6 years after high school graduation or until they successfully complete a postsecondary education degree program of study.

*Upward Bound Classic Programs have been sponsored on the Cal Poly Pomona Campus since 1995

As part of the Pre‐College Institute/TRIO Programs, Upward Bound Classic Programs comprise of four out of eight U.S. Department of Education funded pre‐college opportunities available from Cal Poly Pomona.