Upward Bound

Now in its fourteenth year, the Pace University Upward Bound (UB) Program is an academic support and college preparatory grant program that annually funds these services for 75 high school students from Brooklyn. The program is designed to generate and enhance the skills and motivation necessary for success in education, both in high school, and post-secondary institutions for participants--many of whom are “first generation college bound” students. Upward Bound is funded by the United States Department of Education, and is one of eight federal TRIO programs (TRIO) designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO programs are targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college and college-bound students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

The Pace University Upward Bound Program has two required components for student participants that work to ensure year-round support. The Summer Program is a six-week program providing academic and enrichment classes, and an intensive college preparatory curriculum for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.  Five of the six weeks are non-residential, and the last week is residential, taking place on the Pace Westchester campus.  During the academic year, students are required to attend Saturday sessions from 10am-4pm, and after-school tutoring.


Academic Support
The Pace University Upward Bound Program provides a rigorous core curriculum at the Pace University campus in New York City in science, math, history, English, foreign language, Regents support, college credit classes and SAT/ACT Prep.  In addition, students also are offered enrichment courses in a variety of subjects such as creative writing, graphic design, creative arts, political literacy, and public speaking.  Tutoring and academic advising is also provided for all program participants.  UB students also receive personal, academic and college counseling, enrichment activities, leadership and internship opportunities, and trips and presentations. All students are assigned an academic case manager to oversee all academic progress.

College and Career Counseling/Advising
Program participants begin taking the Upward Bound college preparatory curriculum as rising 10th graders, and continue with the curriculum until graduation.  As juniors and seniors, students work one-on-one with a college counselor as they navigate the college admissions process, from deciding where to apply to college to determining the true value of a financial aid package. The college counseling component facilitates visits from college admission representatives, and helps coordinate college trips. College counselors work with both students and parents throughout the college admission process, and provide an annual financial aid workshop for all program participants and their families.  The Pace Upward Bound program also provides career counseling throughout the program.  Students are given the opportunity to participate in a paid work-study program during the summer where they can experience first-hand a professional work environment.  Throughout the year the program also hosts several guest speakers from a variety of professions.

Program Eligibility

The Pace Upward Bound program works with students living or going to school in Brooklyn, and gives priority to students from our target high schools, including Brooklyn High School for the Arts, Clara Barton High School, George Westinghouse High School, Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, and Williamsburg Preparatory High School.

In addition, students must meet the follow criteria:

  • Must be either (or both):
    • Low-income according to the federal guidelines.
    • A potential first generation college student (neither parent has completed a 4 year bachelor degree).
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Must be in 9th or 10th grade.
  • Must have a desire and the time to participate in all activities, and a willingness to work hard.  The Pace Upward Bound program requires a significant time commitment, and a high level of motivation.  We work with students at all different GPA levels, but we expect all students to work hard, and strive for high marks in school.