Upward Bound Classic (UB) is a federally funded TRiO program which prepares 9th - 12th grade students in targeted Akron Public Schools for postsecondary education. 

Program Objectives:

  1. Seventy percent (70%) of the participants who at the time of entrance into the program had an expected high school graduation date during the school year will have achieved at the proficient level during high school state assessments in reading/language arts and math.
  2. Sixty percent (60%) of the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade participants served during each school year will continue to participate in Upward Bound during the next school year.
  3. Sixty percent (60%) of all participants (current and prior year participants) with an expected graduation date during the school year will enroll in a program of postsecondary education by fall term, immediately following the expected graduation date from high school.
  4. Sixty percent (60%) of all participants who enrolled in a program of postsecondary education during the fall term immediately following high school graduation will be enrolled for the fall term of the second academic year.


  • workshops
  • school visits
  • after-school tutoring
  • ACT/SAT preparation and fee waivers
  • academic assessments
  • educational/cultural field trips, including college tours
  • financial aid information
  • scholarship applications
  • monthly stipends, if requirements are met

Summer Component: UB also includes a six-week residential enrichment program. Students receive academic instruction based on their upcoming fall high school schedule. Students also attend cultural and recreational activities. At the end of the intensive summer program, students are eligible to attend a trip which includes college tours.

Bridge Component: Current year high school graduates are eligible to participate in the the Bridge Component. Tuition and books are covered for applicable course work at The University of Akron.


  1. You must be entering 9th or 10th grade in the Akron Public Schools with the desire and motivation to succeed academically and to attend college.
  2. You must maintain a 2.50 grade point average.
  3. Two-thirds of participants must meet federal income guidelines and be potential first generation college students.