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  • What do UB Students do?
    • During the summer, Upward Bound students live on Oklahoma State University's campus for six weeks. Students participate in a variety of academic, social, and cultural activities aimed at fostering relationships, building confidence, and building their academic and social skills.
    • A special "Bridge" program is provided to seniors the summer after they graduate. During the six-week summer program, seniors enroll in six hours of college-level coursework on the OSU campus and participate in hands-on job shadowing to prepare them for college and the world beyond.
    • During the regular school year, UB students interact with UB staff members and tutors through activities, counseling sessions and tutorials. UB students come to OSU's campus one Saturday each month for workshops which help prepare students for college entrance. Juniors and seniors visit college campuses and receive guidance throughout their college selection and application process. UB students also participate in recreational and cultural activities.
  • What services does UB provide?

    UB provides supplemental instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, foreign language, study skills, critical thinking and computer literacy as well as provides:

    • Academic, financial and personal counseling
    • One-on-one and small group tutorial services
    • Mentoring programs
    • Career exploration opportunities
    • Information on post-secondary education opportunities
    • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
    • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
    • Waivers for test and application fees
    • Opportunities to attend cultural events and academic programs
    • Informational programs for parents
    • Monthly stipends
  • How do I know if I/my student is eligible?

    To be considered for OSU Upward Bound, students must meet the following criteria:

    • Enrolled in the ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade at Cleveland, Pawhuska, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Woodland (Fairfax) High Schools
    • A member of a family in which neither parent has a bachelor's degree and/or a family whose income does not exceed the level established by the U.S. Department of Education
  • When is my application due?
    Our application is on a rolling deadline, meaning that students may apply at any time. The only exception is that students wishing to participate in our summer program must submit their application before March 1st to be eligible. Any students who apply after this date will be able to start programming with Upward Bound in the following Fall semester.
  • How after I submit my application will it be before I know if I made it into the program?

    Once we receive your application, it will be thoroughly reviewed. If you meet the minimum requirements for the program, you will be contacted by a member of the UB Staff. We try to be as quick as possible, but please allow us a week after your submission to reach out to you.


    If it has been over a week and you still have not heard from us, please give us a call, or send us an email.

  • I've submitted my application. Now what?

    After submitting your online application, you should receive a confirmation email at the address you listed as your student email.


    Next, you should send the Teacher and Counselor Recommendation forms linked here to a current academic teacher and counselor of yours to submit on your behalf.


    After we have reviewed your application, we will reach out to you to set up an interview either in-person, or via Zoom.



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