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Our Mission Since 1966

The Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program serves low-income, first-generation college bound scholars in the pursuit of high school graduation and post-secondary completion. Our holistic approach enhances the intellectual, motivational, and character development of each scholar. The program is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to scholars through rigorous academic instruction, advising, support services, and an environment that recognizes individual differences and academic potential.

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About the RIC Upward Bound Program

  • Student centered program with a 56-year legacy of helping over 2,000 high school students build their academic skills and confidence in preparation for college.
  • One of more than 950 federally-funded projects throughout the country and the only UB Program in Rhode Island.
  • High school graduation rate of 99%.
  • College acceptance rate of 98% for Upward Bound graduating seniors
  • College retention/graduation rate of 77%.
  • Strong alumni network that supports the program's initiatives and administers scholarships granted through the Upward Bound Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund.

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A Legacy of Success

According to recent studies, 98 percent of every Upward Bound graduating class has entered public and private colleges throughout the country. Of this group of graduates, 77 percent are successful in college.

Some of the four-year colleges and universities from which Upward Bound alumni have graduated are:

Outside Link Bates College Outside LinkBoston College
Outside Link Boston University Outside LinkBrandeis University
Outside Link Brown University Outside LinkBryant University
Outside Link Connecticut College Outside LinkDrexel University
Outside Link Georgetown University Outside LinkGeroge Washington University
Outside Link Howard University Outside LinkJohnson & Wales University
Outside Link Morehouse College Outside LinkNorth Carolina A & T
Outside Link Providence College Outside LinkRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College Outside LinkSpringfield College
Outside Link Stonehill College Outside LinkUniversity of Massachusetts - Amherst
Outside Link University of Notre Dame Outside LinkUniversity of Rhode Island
Outside Link Yale University

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Page last updated: January 29, 2021