2019 Upward Bound group

Student Services

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Move-in Day: May 26 

Last Day of Camp: June 27

Cultural Field Trip: July 8th - 12th

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 Alva 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 acquire academic/study skills.

The Counseling Component connects to all other activities and services provided by the program. This component consists of four interrelated sets of activities; career awareness and planning, college adjustment and financial aid training, personal advising, mentoring, 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 $263,938 annually 100% through the U.S. Department of Education.  

Upward Bound Math & Science is funded $263,938 annually 100% through the U.S. Department of Education.

Upward Bound Important Upcoming Dates:

April 30 - Summer Camp Registration Deadline (Current Upward Bound Students)


May 28th - 31th: NASA TRIP

June 19th - BLOOD DRIVE 


July 8th - 12th:  CULTURAL FIELD TRIP

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.  


Summer Bridge Students:

If you are planning on attending our Summer Bridge Camp (Seniors who will graduate in May 2019), please make sure you have applied to Northwestern Oklahoma State University and have submitted the summer housing application.


Summer Concurrent Student (Students who will be Seniors in August 2019):

If you are wanting to take college courses through Northwestern Oklahoma State University, please read the following requirements and application process.

If you are enrolled in an accredited high school and meet the following requirements, you may be admitted provisionally to Northwestern as a concurrent student.

  • Composite ACT test score of at least 20 or 940 on the SAT, OR
  • High school GPA of 3.0 and be ranked in the top 50 percent of high school class and a 19 ACT subtest score in the area of enrollment. Enrollment on courses other than English, Math, or Science require a subscore of 19 or higher in reading on the ACT.  (Students may only enroll in curricular areas where the student has met curricular requirements for college admission.)

There is no secondary testing for enrollment in college level courses. Concurrently admitted high school students will not be allowed to enroll in any zero-level university courses designed to remove high school deficiencies.

  • Submit Application for Admission, high school transcript, and admission test scores.
  • Submit signed statement from the high school principal stating, you are eligible to satisfy requirements for graduation from high school (including curricular requirements for college admission) no later than the Spring of the senior year, and that you are enrolled in less than full-time load at the high school.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from your counselor.
  • Provide written permission from your parents or legal guardian.

Contact the Upward Bound office for cost information.

Upward Bound New Student Application

About NWOSU Upward Bound Programs

Summer Camp Attendance Registration

For more information, contact the Upward Bound Office at:

Jaunita Dotson

Jaunita Dotson
Project Director - Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math & Science
Vinson Hall 309
(580) 327-8113

Darla AdamsDarla Adams
Project Administrative Assistant -Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math & Science
Vinson Hall 307
(580) 327-8114

Lee Ann LeistLee Ann Leist
Project Coordinator - Upward Bound Math & Science
Vinson Hall 303
(580) 327-8116

Tim Lavoie
Project Coordinator - Upward Bound
Vinson Hall 301
(580) 327-8117

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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