Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a pre-college academic achievement program designed to help students develop the motivation and skills that are required to graduate high school and successfully complete a college degree.

The goal of Upward Bound at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is to:

  • Improve academic skills
  • Teach effective study strategies
  • Explore career choices
  • Provide experiences in diverse cultural and educational activities
  • Promote personal growth and responsibility

Upward Bound programs are funded by the US Department of Education, Federal TRIO Programs. An estimated 2 million students have graduated from college with the support and assistance of TRIO Programs.


Students who enroll in the Upward Bound program must be a first-generation college student or meet income eligibility guidelines.

The UWM Upward Bound program selects students in grade 9 and 10 who attend one of the following “target” schools: Bay View, Hmong American Peace Academy, Morse Marshall, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Riverside, South Division, Washington, and Wisconsin Conservatory Lifelong Learning..

Program Requirements:

  • Students must have interest and desire to attend college.
  • Students must be willing to fully participate in UB in the summer and during the school year.
  • Upward Bound gives preference to students who is willing to remain in the program through graduation from high school.

Upward Bound encourages cultural diversity and invites applications from eligible students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

How to Register

Students are recruited for UWM Upward Bound during the freshman or sophomore year of high school. The best time to apply is in the fall of the freshman year. Applications must be submitted before the completion of the sophomore year.

Students who are not selected for the Upward Bound due to limited capacity or eligibility requirements, will be referred to other programs within the UWM Pre-College Programs for consideration.

Students can contact us at 414-229-6513 for more information.

Policies and Fees

There are no fees for participating in Upward Bound.


Brochures available upon request


Q: How much does the program cost?
A:The program is absolutely free to the participants.

Q: What if I do not attend one of the target schools?
A: You are still eligible to apply to the program if you live near the target schools.

Q: If I play sports can I still join Upward Bound?
A: Yes! Many of our students play sports or have jobs. Students create their own tutoring schedule around their availability.

Q: How do I apply?
A: To apply you should call us at 414-229-6513 for more information.

Q: What grade do I have to be in to apply?
A: Students have to be in the 9th and 10th grade to apply.


Christina Garza

Pakayphet Phakeovilay
Senior Advisor

Natalia Ornelas
Senior Advisor

Contact Us

Telephone: 414-229-6513

Office Location:

Mitchell Hall Rm. 205
3203 N Downer Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53211

Mailing Address:

Upward Bound
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413