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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 accomplishment, for self-governance, for individual and group empowerment as well as for personal and cultural growth.  

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.

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

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 2015-2016

Tentative Saturday Sessions (Needs to be updated): A postcard goes out every month right before the actual Saturday session to inform you when our students will be coming to Alva. If you are not receiving our mail or have moved please call our office at 580-327-8114 so we can update your information to ensure you are receiving your mail.  


For more information, contact the Upward Bound Office at:

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

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717
Phone: (580) 327-1700

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University provides quality educational and cultural opportunities to learners with diverse needs by cultivating ethical leadership and service, critical thinking and fiscal responsibility.

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