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The Upward Bound Summer Academy is an extension of regular Upward Bound services.  The program is an instrument to ease the transition from high school to college. The Academy is mandatory to Upward Bound Classic students who are newly accepted and offered as an option to currently enrolled students. Students currently enrolled may choose to only do the academic year portion of the program. However, over 90% of currently enrolled students with UBC at the University of Delaware choose to attend our Summer Academy.

Students commute to class Monday-Friday. Classes begin promptly at 8:00 am in Purnell Hall.  Lunch is provided at the University. Students are invited to live on campus for 2 weeks.

A stipend of up to $30.00 every two weeks is allotted to each UBC student as long as the student is making academic progress in his or her classes.

Upward Bound pays all expenses, tuition, travel(DART passes provided), room and board, lunch, and dinner for participants while attending the Summer Academy Program.  Students considering the Summer Academy Program need to understand that certain requirements are necessary.  Students need to attend all sessions.  If a student withdrawals from the summer classes, or drops out of the program, they will not receive a stipend. Bridge students must complete the Summer Bridge Program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale, actively participate in classes, turn in all requested assignments and maintain good citizenship in order to qualify for the College Tour. Grades will be sent to parents midway through and at the end of the program upon return from College Tour.


Academic Goals

The academic component of the summer program meets the following goals :

  • To motivate participants and to provide them with the opportunity to develop higher level academic competencies.
  • To identify and pursue possible fields of interest.
  • To generate the motivation to succeed.
  • To assist with the college acceptance process 

These are accomplished through required classes, enrichment seminars, study sessions and advanced classes, all designed to simulate a college experience. All classroom learning is characterized by a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

  • Required Classes
    Students are required to take classes in Science, Math, English, Foreign Language (9th & 10) and College Success 1 & 2 (11th & 12th). Each student attends 1 hour sessions per scheduled class.
  • Study Sessions
    The purpose of study sessions are to teach study skills, to allow students to receive tutoring, and to give students a space to complete assigned homework.
    Study sessions are run by academic staff who are available to supervise and to provide assistance. Formal study sessions are held Monday-Thursday 2pm-4pm.
    Students also have full access to computers and UD’s computer lab during supervised study sessions and during free time.
  • Enrichment Seminars
    During the summer, various enrichment seminars provide students with lectures, symposia, debates, and discussion on various topics of interest and importance to high school students that will also help to prepare them for success in college.
    Seminar topics have included self-esteem, alternative healing and stress management, college acceptance and requirements.



Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education, or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.


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Please ensure that all fields of this application are filled out. Completed applications do not promise that a student will be selected for the program. Eligible students who are not selected will be placed on our waitlist and notified when a space opens. If prefered, paper Applications are available for download and can be sent to the following address: Upward Bound Classic 12 West Delaware Avenue Newark, DE 19716 FAX: 302-831-6684 Please call our office with any questions or concerns 302-831-6667

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