Worcester State University
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Upward Bound

The WSU Upward Bound Program recruitment season will commence in early October.  If you are interested in applying to the program, please click on the link below and be sure to complete the application in its entirety.

 Upward Bound Application.pdf


To view the 2013 - 2014 Academic Year calendar, please click on the link below.

 2013 - 2014 Academic Year Calendar.pdf


Since its inception in 1977, the Upward Bound Program at Worcester State University is designed to encourage eligible Worcester Public High School students to persist in school through graduation and to seek a postsecondary education.  Included in this category are students who are first-generation, ALANA, and low-income.

The Program actively recruits 9th and 10th grade students who demonstrate the motivation and desire to succeed and who are college bound. Included in these categories are: first generation, minority, and low income students.  Services include; college visits, workshops and seminars in college admissions and financial aid assistance, career counseling, individualized or group tutoring, and cultural enrichment activities.

The Program has two main components—the Saturday component and the Summer Residential Academy.

Saturday Workshops

There are approximately 22 Saturday workshops held throughout the academic school year.  Each session meets in the morning and focuses on increasing problem solving skills, self-awareness, and self confidence, enhancing interpersonal/intrapersonal communication skills and group dynamics, and enhancing career development through professional and educational speakers.  The program also offers college mentors, tutoring, and personal and career counseling.

Summer Academy

This is a 5 week residential program that offers students the following; college housing/living experience, academic enrichment courses (English, Math, Science, Language, Problem Solving, and Self Awareness), college tours, recreational activities, and cultural field trips.


The Upward Bound program primarily recruits 9th and 10th grade Worcester Public High School students in efforts to intensively prepare program participants for successful graduation of high school and enrollment in post-secondary education.  The application process begins during the fall semester and concludes in December/January.  The process includes submitting a complete application and if selected, a final interview to ascertain applicants’ level of motivation and future academic/career goals.  Please speak to your guidance counselor for more information, or you may call the Upward Bound office at 508-929-8909.

Special Recognition:

Kirsten Vanhorne, Doherty High School Class of 2011,  wrote a memoir for a class essay.  Her essay is a wonderful depiction of some of the many lessons taught in the Upward Bound program.  Great job Kirsten...and congratulations!

Kirsten Vanhorne Memoir - Class Essay.pdf

Related Links
  Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action
  Financial Aid
  Student Activities

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