Upward Bound programs provide fundamental support to their participants in preparation for college. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege coursework in high school and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.
Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which their participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Today, there are over 750 Upward Bound programs across the United States.
The Trinity University Upward Bound program was established in the fall of 1980 and today continues an over 35-year history of serving San Antonio students.
Over these years, Trinity Upward Bound graduates have demonstrated great success. That is, Upward Bound graduates are ten times more likely to have a bachelor's degree than adults over the age of 25 living within their community. The longitudinal rate at which participants earn a bachelor’s degree is 52% . Such educational attainment rates exceed national averages in that only 32.5% of adults over age 25 in the U.S. have a bachelor's degree.
To recognize the success of graduates, Trinity's Upward Bound program was recognized as a 2018 Examples of Excelencia finalist. The Upward Bound program was one of 21 finalists from a total of 139 nominations across 27 states, DC and Puerto Rico. Examples of Excelencia is a national effort by Excelencia in Education to bring attention to evidence-based practices that work for Latino students in higher education.