Welcome to TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upward Bound, housed in the Office of Minority Student Affairs, has been a part of the Illinois community since 1966. We at Upward Bound, are committed to providing our students with high quality academic, cultural, and career related activities designed to prepare and equip them to successfully complete high school, enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution and obtain a baccalaureate degree.

of UB students attend college immediately following high school.
of UB students persist and graduate in their proposed year.
of students maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher throughout high school.
Upward Bound

Program Highlights


College visits

  • Visits to a number of public and private intuitions across the US

Academic support

  • Tutoring in Math, English, Science and Foreign Language
  • SAT/ACT preparation
  • Course planning
  • Study skills

Financial Aid/Scholarships

  • FAFSA Completion
  • College scholarships search


  • Year-Round programming in the Summer and Academic Year


  • Career and Major Exploration
  • Cultural enrichment activities

Program Eligibility


Before you apply, please be sure you meet the following criteria:

  • Attend (or will attend) one of following high schools
    • Centennial High School
    • Central High School
    • Urbana High School
  • Maintain citizenship, permanent residency, or are in the process of becoming a permanent resident of the United States
  • Meet federal guidelines based on income and/or educational background of parents
  • First-generation (neither natural or adoptive parents has obtain a baccalaureate degree)
TRIO Upward Bound Contact Information

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