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Become Part of the Upward Bound Tradition

General information sessions are scheduled in each target high school at the start of the annual recruiting drive in the fall. Interested students should attend to learn more about the Upward Bound Program.

Applications may be obtained from the guidance staff in the target high schools or you may call the Upward Bound office. There are two parts to the application (student and parent), along with other required information that must be submitted by the deadline. A checklist will be provided to assist students and families through the entire application process.​​

The program now has the financial support to enroll 150 participants each year. Once accepted, students who meet all program responsibilities are continued in Upward Bound throughout high school. Therefore, admission to Upward Bound is limited and competitive. Each year, approximately seventy students are admitted.

Upward Bound Program Brochure

Click here to download Upward Bound brochure.


The deadline for applications is November 26​th. You may obtain an application from your guidance counselor. The application is also available here as a fillable form. Applicants can complete the form, then print it, obtain signatures, attach required documents, and submit to their guidance counselor. Do​wnload the form HERE​.

Admission Criteria

To be considered for Upward Bound, an applicant must be:

  • A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident
  • An individual neither of whose parents (natural or adoptive) do not have a four-year college degree and/or
  • From a family that meets low-income requirements set by the federal government
  • In the ninth, tenth or eleventh grade at one of the following target high schools

Target High Schools

In Central Falls: Central Falls High School
In East Providence: East Providence High School
In Pawtucket: Shea High School
In Providence: Central High School
Hope High School
Mount Pleasant High School

  • In need of Upward Bound's services to achieve academic success in high school and meet the requirements of the Rhode Island high school diploma system
  • Interested in enrolling in a college or university upon graduating from high school
  • Not older than nineteen at the time of selection for the program​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: October 21, 2019