Upward Bound FAQ

Can my child only participate in the summer?

No, Upward Bound (UB) and Math Science Upward Bound (MSUB) are not just summer programs. Applicants who are admitted to the program are making a commitment to participate in programming throughout the academic year (Fall and Spring) and the 6 week summer program (July-August) from the time of admission until their high school graduation.

Can my child select when he wants to participate; for example can they participate in Fall and summer but then not participate in the Spring?

No, keep in mind for your child to reap the full benefits of the program participants are expected to attend regularly and utilize the free services continuously until their high school graduation.

My child is in the 8th grade, can they start participating now?

No, though students may apply during the spring of their 8th grade year they can only participate if once they are in high school.

By participating in your program does my child automatically get accepted to Temple University?

No, the admissions department is completely separate from our program and we have no influence on admissions decisions at Temple University.

Does your program provide scholarships to college?

No, we do not provide scholarships for students to attend college; however we do compile information on scholarship opportunities and distribute it to students.

We live in Philadelphia but my child attends a school outside of Philadelphia can they still participate?

No, the program is open only to students who attend Philadelphia public and charter high schools.

My child attends school online, can they participate in the program?

Yes, as long as your child’s school is considered a Philadelphia public or charter school, they can participate in our programs.

I see that there are two upward bound programs at Temple University; does my child have to apply to both in order to get into one of the programs?

No, they do not have to apply to both programs. Students only need to apply to one program. During the application review process if we feel the student might be a better fit for one program over the other, they will be recommended to participate in that program.

My child likes math but not science; can he still apply to the Math Science Upward Bound Program?

Yes ,your child can still apply to the Math Science Upward Bound program.

I am told that there is an income requirement for your programs; would it stop my child from participating if I make too much money?

The program follows a number of guidelines set by the federal government to determine if your child is eligible. Income is not the sole factor in determining whether an applicant can participate, so urge any student with a strong desire to earn a college education to submit an application.

I see that the Math Science Upward Bound program has a GPA/grade requirement, my child is currently not doing well in their math class, will this prevent them from being able to participate in that program?

Yes, however student may earn the opportunity to transfer into Math Science Upward Bound with improved academic performance.

My child did not take the Keystones in the 8th grade, can he still apply to your programs?

Yes, your child can still apply to our programs. Please have your child’s current counselor write a note explaining the absence of the PSSA scores.  If your child did take another assessment you may submit those scores in lieu of the PSSA scores.

My child is involved in another program on Saturdays, can they miss Saturdays at your program?

Saturday attendance is a program requirement and students are expected to attend. Any conflicts will be handled on a case by case basis.

My child can only make it one day Tuesday - Friday, can they complete their two hour requirement on that day?

Consideration of special circumstances will be handled on a case by case basis. However, it is not correct to assume this will be allowed.

The Math Science Upward Bound program has a science activity requirement, what does that mean?

Students are required to participate in a local science fair competition/activity each year they are in the program except for their senior year. Students are prepped to participate starting in the summer and are helped throughout the process. Activities vary and can include events such as Science Bowls, engineering challenges and robotics competitions.

Can anyone apply to Upward Bound?

Students who have not completed their 10th grade year of high school may apply. Students must also be enrolled  (or plan to enroll) in a public or charter high school in Philadelphia.

What grade do you have to be in to apply for Upward Bound?

Students must be current freshman or sophomores. Students in 8th grade may apply for admission in the spring prior to the start of their freshman year of high school.

What grades do you have to have to apply for Upward Bound?

No requirement.

Is this only for African American students?

No.

Can you live outside of Philadelphia and attend Upward Bound?

No.

What is the cost for Upward Bound?

There is no cost. The program is funded by the US Department of Education

What if I do not want to go to college, can I still be a part of Upward Bound?

No. The program is meant for students who show and interest in attending college. If you are open to considering and learning about the college experience, participation is a possibility.

What will I have to do in Upward Bound?

You must commit to taking action to ensure to success in high school and preparation for success in college. Free programming will be provided to this end, including college tours, tutorials, workshops, career awareness events, SAT & ACT prep, supplemental classes, service projects, cultural trips, personal development activities and much more

Regular attendance is required and includes: two weekdays (Tuesday-Friday) for at least 1 hour per visit and all designated Saturdays during the academic year; participation in the six-week summer program which includes a full day of classes Monday - Friday. Completion of projects and activities to build skills, awareness and readiness for college will also be required.

When does Upward Bound meet?

  • Tuesdays thru Fridays 3:30-6pm and Saturdays, 9 am– 3:30 pm
  • Participants must attend 2 weekdays for an hour each day and all designated Saturdays

If I am admitted to the Temple Upward Bound program can I transfer into another Upward Bound?

Yes. In cases where you move outside the target area and it would be more convenient to transfer to another project, the new project may contact us for your records. However, admission to another UB project is not guaranteed and will be based on availability.

Do you need to reapply each year to participate?

No, once accepted into the program, participants need to commit to remaining actively involved in programming until their high school graduation

Can I pay to participate in Upward Bound/Math and Science Upward Bound?

No

Who are the staff members?

The professional staff members are college graduates, most have Masters degrees and are passionate about helping Philadelphia youth succeed as evidenced by their length of service in this field  5 – 25 years

Instructional staff members are current high school teachers, college professors and other professionals  Tutor/Mentors are current undergraduate students at Temple University

If a parent has a degree may I still participate?

Participants may be considered for admission if they demonstrate a need for the program services (as determined by the professional staff) even if they are not a potential 1st generation college student

Where can I get an application for Upward Bound/Math and Science Upward Bound?

Please call 215-204-3636 or email us at upwardbound@temple.edu to request a program application

How do you get accepted into Upward Bound/Math Science Upward Bound?

The admission process has 3 parts

  1. Submit a completed application
  2. Attend an interview with a parent/guardian (by invitation only)
  3. Attend the designated orientation session (once invited)

What is the difference between Upward Bound and Math Science Upward Bound?

Participants in Math Science Upward Bound must be interested in a career in Math, Science or Technology and have a “B” or better in all Math & Science courses taken in high school

Participants in the Math Science Upward Bound enter their original research projects into annual science fairs and competitions to earn cash, trips, scholarships and other prizes

Participants in both programs receive similar services that are geared towards their interest: tutorials, supplemental classes, college visits, career exploration activities, cultural trips, workshops, etc.

Do you provide transportation to and from your program?

Tokens and dollars for transfers are provided to assist students with transportation during times when school issued transpasses cannot be used

What schools are served by Temple University Upward Bound Program?

Current target schools are Benjamin Franklin High School, Mastery Charter School -Simon Gratz & Olney Charter High School. However, any student attending a public or charter high school within the target area of the city of Philadelphia may participate.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted throughout the year. However, review of applications will take place in September – October and January – February each year. Other application review periods may be added as deemed appropriate by the program director.