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pre-College Upward Bound

Upward Bound at West Virginia State University is a federally funded TRIO program that assist participating high school students in their preparation for college.  The program helps students gain academic skills, have exposure to cultural activities, and learn information about going to college. The ultimate goal is to help students successfully complete high school, enroll and graduate college. All services provided by Upward Bound are free to all enrolled students.

During the school year (August through May) Upward Bound students attend bi-monthly Saturday Academic Prep Sessions and weekly Tutoring. 

In the summer (June and July) Upward Bound students attend a six-week Pre-College Residential Academy designed to give them a head start on their next year in school.  

Upward Bound also provides a variety of educational, cultural and career enrichment experiences through out the year which includes:
  • ACT and SAT preparation sessions
  • Financial Aid and scholarship workshops
  • College visits and tours
  • Academic advising
  • Career exploration and guidance
  • Cultural activities and trips
  • Leadership development
  • Community Service opportunities
  • Access to technology and education resources
  • A monthly participation stipend
Students interested in joining Upward Bound are encourage to apply during the 8th grade.  Limited spaces are available for students who have completed the 9th and 10th grade. 

A student must meet the following for acceptance into the program:
  • Be a first generation college bound student (neither parent has obtained a four-year college degree) or meet federal income level guidelines  
  • Be enrolled in a partner high school or middle school
  • Have a desire to attend college after high school 
  • Be willing to remain in the program until high school graduation

Upward Bound Staff 

Krystal Tolliver, Director
Tiffany Plear, Academic Coach 
Molly Ballard, Academic Coach 
Amy Champe, Office Administrator 

Please contact the WVSU Upward Bound staff at 304-766-3120 with any questions. 
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WVSU Upward Bound

Pre-College Upward Bound 
PO Box 1000
223 Sullivan Hall East
(304) 766-3120

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