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Upward Bound

The Holy Names University Upward Bound Project is an academic outreach program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Each year, we serve over ninety youths between 13 and 19 years old (grades 9 through 12) who have demonstrate a need for academic support. All students must attend schools in the Oakland Unified School District, and all students must come from low-income families whose parents have not earned a bachelor's degree in order to participate.

Holy Names University Upward Bound’s goal is to increase the rates at which low income students attending Oakland high schools enroll in and graduate from post secondary institutions by providing fundamental support such as help with the college admissions process and assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations. Upward Bound engages participating students in an extensive, multi-year program designed to provide academic, counseling, and tutoring services along with a cultural enrichment component, all of which enhance their regular school program prior to entering college.

Holy Names University Upward Bound also provides participants with a college experience through a five-week, full-time residential summer program at Holy Names University. The summer experience is reinforced with weekly tutorial, Saturday Academy, and college tours during the school year. Over the past ten years, Holy Names University Upward Bound has successfully matriculated over ninety-five percent of its graduating seniors into colleges or universities of their choice.

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Upward Bound Services

  • College & Academic Advising
  • Local & Out of State College Tours
  • Five Week Summer Residential Program on University Campus
  • Weekly Tutoring Services
  • College Exam Preparation
  • Saturday College courses at Holy Names University
  • Assistance with College & Financial Aid Applications
  • Cultural Enrichment Opportunities
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