Upward Bound


Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program funded by the US Department of Education. For over 50 years, Upward Bound has helped to generate skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low-income and potential first-generation college students. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the academic performance and motivation levels of eligible enrollees so they may complete high school and successfully pursue a college education.

Since 2012, the LSU Upward Bound program has prepared hundreds of East Baton Rouge Parish high school students for college each year. Our staff, along with strong institutional and community support, has helped local students achieve their educational and career goals. We empower to Upward Bound participants through the provision of cultural, educational, social and career development experiences. 


Academic year 

  • Tutoring
  • Field Trips
  • Academic advising
  • ACT preparation and exams
  • Supplemental academic instruction
  • Study skills and test preparation sessions
  • Social and personal development workshops
  • Opportunities to network with like-minded peers


  • Six week summer program for rising 10th–12th graders 
  • Summer bridge program for graduating seniors

Cultural, social and intellectual enrichment

  • Activities designed to foster academic growth
  • Experiences that broaden awareness, appreciation and respect for others

College application assistance

  • College selection
  • Postsecondary support
  • Guidance through admission, entrance exams, financial aid and housing


  • Internships
  • Scholarship programs