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Upward Bound Programs

The Upward Bound Programs are designed to prepare one hundred eligible students from area high schools in Alfalfa, Major and Woods Counties for college entry and success. The successes are listed below. The program's rigorous academic and counseling components are designed to provide students with four years of continuous preparation for college beginning in the fall of their ninth grade academic year.

The UB Academic Component is comprised of both an academic year curriculum and a six-week summer component held on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus. The academic year curriculum consists of monthly meetings, monthly assignments and on-going academic advising. The six-week summer component consists of four consecutive summers (beginning after the eighth grade) where completion of a rigorous academic curriculum will be required of each student. The overall Academic Component is designed to develop college-requisite competency in mathematics, reading, writing, sciences, foreign language, and academic/study skills.

The Counseling Component connects to all other activities and services provided by the program. The counseling component consists of four interrelated sets of activities; career awareness and planning, college adjustment and financial aid training, personal advising and mentoring, and academic advising and motivation. The component is aimed at equipping students for college by teaching effective strategies for coping with stress in higher education. This direction on survival and success is continuous throughout both the academic year component and the summer component.

UB and UBMS Mission Statement  

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Upward Bound Programs strive to create a harmonious, multicultural, educational community of students with great potential who demonstrate a strong desire to acquire higher education.  NWOSU Upward Bound programs provide our students and staff with a sense of belonging, pride, and personal responsibility; a deep commitment to give back to the larger community. Our educational community provides curriculum opportunities for academic accomplishiment, for self-governance, for individual and group empowerment as well as for personal and cultural growth. 


Participants are from area high schools in Alfalfa, Major and Woods Counties.

For more information, contact the Upward Bound Office at:

Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Upward Bound
709 Oklahoma Blvd.
Alva, OK 73717
(580) 327-8114

** Classic Upward Bound is funded $250,000 annually 100% through the Department of Education.
** Upward Bound Math & Science is funded $250,000 annually 100% through the Department of Education.

Upward Bound Saturday Sessions 2014-2015


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