Upward Bound Overview

The Upward Bound Program seeks to prepare its participants for college entrance by improving their knowledge in basic academic subjects such as mathematics, English, science, reading, and foreign language (French and/or Spanish). Group and individual counseling sessions are provided to assist in improving participant’s self image and self-confidence.


The Upward Bound Program at Alcorn State University is a pre-college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed to motivate underachieving students by developing their basic skills to enable them to complete high school and make a successful transition into postsecondary education.

Eligible Participants

Participants must be enrolled in high schools from Adams, Claiborne, Jefferson and Wilkinson Counties; low-income; and/or first generation college student; students must have completed 8th grade, be between the ages of 13 and 19, and have a need for academic support.

Federal Requirements

Two-thirds of the ASU Upward Bound participants must meet income criteria and must be low income/first generation college students. One-third of the students must be either low-income, first generation college students, or students who have a high risk for academic failure. All participants must be citizens of the United States or permanent residents.

How the Program Works

During the academic year, enrichment classes are held on scheduled Saturdays and offer special work in mathematics, reading, English Spanish, and word processing. The program also offers tutoring and provides students with access to a computer lab. Counseling is provided in the areas of academics, career exploration, and personal needs. Participants who are seniors in high school are assisted with the college admissions process. This includes the completion of applications for admission and financial aid. Students have access to many of Alcorn State University’s facilities which includes the library for studying.

During the summer, students must participate in a six-week residential program. Students live on campus in supervised residence halls and take part in academic, enrichment, and recreational activities. Students will be able to go home on scheduled weekends. The summer program assists students in obtaining the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in post-secondary school. Students attend lectures, classes, and field trips designed to meet the goals of the program. Participants who have graduated from high school may enroll in our Bridge Program which consists of six hours of college courses (math and English). After completion of the program, the student has completed his/her participation in the Upward Bound Program.

Cost of Program Participation

There is no cost to the student. The program provides room and board, books, and instructional materials during the summer and/or academic phase. Additionally, each student receives a stipend for active, regular participation during the Academic Phase on scheduled Saturdays and weekly during the six-week Summer Phase.

Application Information

All students interested in participating in the Upward Bound program should download all of the application forms and submit them to the Upward Bound Office by Friday, September 22, 2023.  Documents can be emailed to [email protected] or delivered in person to Harmon Hall on the main campus of Alcorn State University.

You may also mail them to:

Alcorn State University
ATTN: Upward Bound Program, University College
1000 ASU Drive
Lorman, MS 39096

Application Documents (please link these to the attached documents):

The Upward Bound Program is an equal opportunity program and does not deny acceptance based on religion, race, ethnic or national origin, gender, or physical handicap.  

For questions about the program or the application process, please contact the Upward Bound Office at 601-877-6224 or email [email protected].

New participants are recruited through the high school counseling offices, parents, community, and staff. Students may obtain applications from their high school counselors or by sending a letter of request to the Upward Bound Office at Alcorn State University. Completed applications must be returned by announced deadlines. No Student will be denied admission to Upward Bound because of religion, race, ethnic or national origin, sex, or physical handicap.