The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has hosted the Upward Bound Program for over 50 years! It’s a FREE high school college-prep program and part of the Federal TRIO Grant Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Upward Bound Program recruits student-participants from eight target school districts in five counties from Central and Northcentral Wisconsin. Look below to find a full listing our school districts, eligibility requirements, and what we do.
To provide underrepresented populations of high school students in Central and Northcentral Wisconsin with academic, cultural, and personal support for the purposes of high school graduation, postsecondary enrollment, and lifelong success in a diverse world.
The Upward Bound staff provide year-round services to the students through online tutoring, monthly school visits, college visit tours, our weekend workshops, and a live-in summer program. All services are provided to our students at no cost to them!
Upward Bound tracks student-participants for multiple years, from high school through college graduation. On average, 85 percent of Upward Bound graduates will graduate high school and immediately attend an institution of higher education, which is a significant increase in college/university attendance compared to students of the same background whom do not join the program. Overall, Upward Bound is a successful program for students looking to make the most of their educational experience.
8th-11th grade students who are in our school districts must meet ONE of the following two requirements:
Minocqua, WI & Lac du Flambeau, WI Areas
Stevens Point, WI Area
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
To begin, complete the online Pre-Application below, which takes about 3 to 5 minutes.
**Pre-Apps submitted AFTER March 20,2023 will automatically be put on a waitlist for admission due to a high amount of applications this year**
After reviewing the information, we will send you a letter in the mail within 7 days. You may also receive a text message or an email from a staff member to thank you for your application and to follow up with any questions we may have.
Schedule an, online or in-person meeting with Upward Bound Academic Coordinator, Pa Chee Thao.
Upward Bound offers FREE 24/7 online tutoring to our program participants through their tutor.com account. Students also have access to the free paper drop tool, where they may submit a writing assignment and a tutor will review it for errors and areas of improvement!
Log in to your tutor.com account here.
USERNAME: Your username is an email (either personal or school) that you provided us
If you are having troubles logging in or don’t know your username email, contact Pa Chee Thao at email@example.com or UpwardBound@uwsp.edu.
A Peer Coach is a student guide in Upward Bound for other UB students who are newer in the program. They will provide information, encouragement, skills, perspective, and feedback to the newer students. They are an additional resource to help our newer members succeed!
1. Be an active Upward Bound participant by attending required activities.
2. Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.67 or higher (B- Average).
3. Be a high school junior or senior participant of UB (apply as a sophomore or junior).
4. Can commit for one summer and the following academic year (June-June).
5. Can develop positive relationships with students from diverse backgrounds.
6. Have a strong desire to help other students attain academic and career goals.
7. Can maintain an appropriate conduct with other students.
8. Can keep personal information confidential.
9. Adheres to Upward Bound Rules and Policies.
You can begin the process by reading the Peer Coach Job Description below. If you feel like you qualify and can handle the responsibility required, complete the online application. This is a great leadership opportunity to put on your list of activities for college applications!
Click here to apply
Below is a link to the Upward Bound Peer Coaching Handbook for reference.
Upward Bound Peer Coaching Handbook.pdf
If you have been asked to complete any of the following forms, you may download them below and complete digitally or print. The quickest and easiest way to turn them in is to take photos and email to UpwardBound@uwsp.edu.
2023 – 2024 Parent Student Contract
Inclusivity Rooming Plan for UB Participants 2023
Permission Slip Personal Vehicle 2023-2024.pdf
Acceptable Use of IT Resources for UB Students
College Cost Calculator (For UB Seniors going to college)
This is a great tool to figure out if your college financial aid covers everything! Fill out and send over for us to review.
2024-2025 Upward Bound Rules and Policies
“Upward Bound has helped me prepare for college by offering many tours to different colleges around Wisconsin. During the summer session, we got a lot of information about what college is like and how we can be successful.”
“I joined Upward Bound because I wanted to meet people who are interested in the same things as I am. The best part is meeting new people and experiencing new things.”
“Upward Bound is an experience of a lifetime, a core memory. It will help you through your journey when older.”
“Upward Bound has helped me prepare for college by helping me construct my college essay. The staff is fun, energetic, comforting, and easy to relate to.”
“The Upward Bound staff are incredibly helpful. You can ask them anything and they’re always ready to aid when necessary. The program has inspired me to do better.”
“Applying to Upward Bound is one of the best decisions you could make. The staff are super friendly and welcoming.”
“Upward Bound isn’t just a great opportunity to prepare you for college. You also get to make friends and have a lot of fun!”
“Upward Bound helped tremendously by offering me free tutoring services along with summer classes to prepare me for my upcoming school year. It’s an opportunity worth taking.”
“Upward Bound has helped me to prepare for college by letting me experience college life in the dorms. They also helped teach me different ways I can pay for college.”