Our Mission

Our mission is to promote each young scholar’s educational experience by providing a series of specialized college preparatory services including: tutoring, mentoring, advising, programming, college courses and on-campus experiences with research faculty to increase student persistence and graduation from high school, and a practical chance to enroll and graduate from a post-secondary institution.

  • To encourage students to develop consistent patterns of analytical thinking
  • To encourage students to seek learning for enjoyment and information
  • To expand students intellectual, cultural and social growth
  • To contribute to the development of a positive self image
  • To familiarize students with college selection, admission requirements and financial aid process
  • To assist students with career exploration, provide an overview of the world of work, and prepare students for career decision-making.

Vision Statement

To establish the University of Delaware’s Upward Bound Classic Program as the national model of excellence and outstanding college preparatory services.

The Upward Bound Classic Program values are:

  • Obligation to Scholastic Success
  • Respect
  • Maintain Professionalism
  • Good etiquette
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Diversity
  • Accountability
  • Loyalty
  • Perseverance

Upward Bound Classic History

The University of Delaware’s Upward Bound Classic Program is federally funded through the U.S Department of Education. The program provides a supportive and educational resource to assist students in navigating the college admissions process. We offer numerous services to inform students and parents, while working directly with public school districts, towards achieving educational success and development.

Our services and activities foster the student’s understanding of what is required to succeed in college. They also encourage students to assess and realize their personal skills, abilities, strengths, and capacities. As staff, our goal is to guide, inform, and instruct, while encouraging student’s academic, personal and professional success.


Program Format: Academic Year and Summer Academy

Academic Year

The University of Delaware Upward Bound Classic Program is divided into two components. The academic year program is a series of specialized tutoring, workshops, and campus visits that happen once a month on a Saturday. Students in the program are also given guidance from the Academic Program Coordinator who meets with them quarterly to assess the student’s academic growth and any needs for improvement.

Summer Academy

The summer component is a mandatory six-week summer institute where students are exposed to college level classes and student life experiences led by highly trained faculty and staff. Students commute and reside on campus during this time.

Program Services

  • Academic-skill enhancement and social development through 8-month afterschool and Saturday academies
  • Rigorous 6-week summer residential and commuter academic and career enrichment experiences
  • Weekly tutorial support
  • Comprehensive college preparation support and college tours
  • Educational and cultural enrichment workshops and activities
  • College/University Campus Visits
  • Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
  • Test Preparation: PSAT, SAT, ACT
  • Parent services to address challenges families face in supporting students


The program is FREE to the students and their families. A grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education provides for all student room and board expenses, instructional support, tuition fees, and a weekly stipend for each student during the summer program.


Students become eligible during the Spring of their 8th grade year. We also recruit current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who are interested in going to a four-year college or university, and who qualify for a federal TRIO program.

Federal guidelines define TRIO qualifications as students who come from a low-income family (as defined by the federal guidelines) and/or students who have parents/guardians who have not received a four-year college degree.

In addition, students must come from one of the following target schools:  *Students who live in New Castle County, Delaware but do not attend our target schools may still apply. 

  1. Christiana High School
  2. Glasgow High School
  3. Thomas McKean High School
  4. John Dickinson High School