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The program partners with Lansing’s Everett, Sexton and Eastern High Schools to identify and enroll approximately 102 Lansing area high school freshmen and sophomores and assists them throughout their high school years to develop the academic and social skills necessary for matriculation in post-secondary education. The program provides admissions and financial aid counseling and assistance to participants to expedite their admission to college as well as serves as a forum for university units to examine concepts and methods related to the recruitment, instruction, and motivation of disadvantaged students.
The Upward Bound program at Michigan State University is a part of the Trio Programs established by the U.S. congress as the Higher Education Act of 1965. For fifty years this federally funded program has provided academic enrichment to hundreds of high school youth in the Lansing area from low-income families and or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.
The Upward Bound program continues to expand opportunities for its students by offering experiences through a variety of programs that focus on cultural enrichment and personal growth. This includes study skills workshops, cultural field trips, study abroad opportunities, college visits, career exploration, job shadowing experiences as well as programs to help parents and students navigate the financial aid process.
The Upward Bound program, in all its aspects, operates to promote the pursuit of excellence, self esteem, and knowledge.