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pre-College Upward Bound

Upward Bound (UB) at West Virginia State University is a pre-college program for high school students interested in going to college.   Upward Bound provides academic support during the school year and  the summer for participating students.  Upward Bound is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and all services are free to participating students.

Summer Program 

During the summer, Upward Bound students have the opportunity to live on the WVSU campus for six weeks and participate in a college going experience that gives them a head start on their next year in school.  

Academic Year 

Upward Bound offers participating students 20 weeks of individualized tutoring and bi-weekly Saturday instruction in core subjects during the school year. Weekly tutoring and academic enrichment occurs after-school on the campus, in the community and at partner schools.  Bi-weekly Saturday instruction occurs on the WVSU campus.  


Upward Bound also provides a variety of educational, cultural and career enrichment experiences year-round which includes:
  • ACT and SAT preparation sessions
  • Financial Aid and scholarship workshops
  • College visits and tours
  • Financial literacy
  • 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 or 9th grade.  Limited spaces are available for students who have completed the 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: Logan, Capital, Nitro, Riverside, Sissonville, South Charleson, St. Albans (If in middle school, the student will enroll in a partner school next year)
  • Have a desire to attend college after high school 
  • Be willing to remain in the program until high school graduation

A student must complete and submit the Upward Bound Application

After submitting the application, the student will need to ask his or her current guidance school counselor, math teacher and English teacher to complete the appropriate assessment fom below.  To request a paper copy of the Upward Bound application, please call the WVSU Upward Bound office at 304-766-3120.

Our Team

Krystal Tolliver
Director of TRIO Programs
(304) 542-0548
Amy Champe
Office Administrator
(306) 766-3120
Tiffany Plear
Academic Coach
(304) 206-6938

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



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