Upward Bound

The Upward Bound College Prep Academy is designed for area high school students who are interested in attending college but may need extra help in turning that interest into a reality. Funded through the U.S Department of Education, the Washington State Community College Upward Bound Academy provides academic, social, cultural, recreational, and counseling services in order to provide the student with the skills, motivation, and self-confidence necessary for success in college.


You are eligible for Upward Bound if you attend high school at Belpre, Caldwell, Fort Frye, Frontier, Marietta, Morgan, Warren, or Waterford. In addition you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Neither parent has earned a bachelor's (four year) degree; OR
  • Their family's income does not exceed the federal guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education.

Students meeting the eligibility criteria must show potential for academic success and have the desire to increase knowledge, skills, and confidence.

Upward Bound has two phases:

  • The ACADEMIC component is designed to support student's academic needs. Students meet with an Upward Bound Advisor monthly during their school day and get together one Saturday per month at Washington State Community College to develop study and leadership skills, prepare for the ACT college entrance test, and to explore the college planning process. Students have opportunities to take field trips and participate in cultural/recreational activities. All activities are designed to assist students in their academic success throughout high school as well as their college and career search goals.
  • The SUMMER component is a six week residential academy designed to mirror a college-like experience. Students live on the Marietta College campus and take interesting courses at Washington State Community College, including instruction in Math, English, a lab-science and a foreign language. While living on campus, students will enjoy diverse social activities and travel opportunities.

What is expected of the student:

Students are expected to make a sincere commitment to participate fully in the academic year and summer activities and to challenge themselves at their high schools by undertaking a college preparatory curriculum. Students are also expected to be involved in community service programs.

What does it cost?

NOTHING! The student's family pays nothing for regularly scheduled academic year and summer program activities.

How to apply:

See your high school guidance counselor for a application or download a pdf version of the Upward Bound Application here.

Complete and mail to:

Upward Bound College Prep Academy
Washington State Community College
710 Colegate Drive
Marietta, OH 45750
FAX: 740.373.7496
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Examples of Upward Bound student's activities:

Completed a high ropes challenge course
Learned to fly an airplane
Visited Ohio University, Ohio State University, Xavier University, The University of Cincinnati, Muskingum University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Carnegie Mellon University, Hocking College, West Virginia University, Kent State University and Shawnee State University
Watched the Cleveland Indians the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates play baseball in their ball stadiums
Attended a Ohio University Hockey Game
Visited Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
Skied at Seven Springs Resort
Attended leadership training with John Wagner and heard speaker Harvey Alston
Lived on campus at Marietta College
Attended a Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theatre workshop
Visited Washington D.C., New York City, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Chicago
Learned sign language
Took painting classes
Visited Cedar Point, King's Island and Busch Gardens

The Upward Bound College Prep Academy is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

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