What is UBC

Summer Academy?

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 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 8am 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 recieve 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 returnfrom College Tour.

To be eligible for the Upward Bound Summer Academy program current students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete and be promoted to the next grade level.
  • Possess a report card with a high school G.P.A. of at least 2.5. This shows academic effort.
  • Be in good academic and behavioral standing with their high school and Upward Bound.
  • Attend the Upward Bound Parent Orientation with Parent to complete all paperwork.
  • Complete 50 hours of tutoring with the Academic Coordinator & Tutors.

Classes at UBC Summer Academy

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 college acceptance process 

These are accomplished through required classes, enrichment seminars, study sessions and advanced classes, all design 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.


Social/Cultural Component

The social/cultural component of the summer program meets the following goals :

  • To expose students to group living and encourage positive interaction with others.
  • To motivate students to manage their time wisely.
  • To introduce students to the arts and other activities not usually available in their communities.

Dorm Life

Dorm life simulates college living. Participants live in a university dorm with males and females living in separate rooms. All staff members live in the dorm with the students for 24/7 supervision.


Activities are varied. During all the evenings except Sunday, something is planned. During a typical week, evening activities are as follows :

Monday : Bowling Night.

Tuesday : Arts Night.

Wednesday : Advisor Group Night

Thursday : Special Interest Night



In an effort of instill leadership, self-confidence and decision making skills in participants.

At the beginning of the summer program, students participate in UBC TeamBuilding Day. Each year there is something different to tackle as a team. The day consists of a series of obstacles which are the focus of several group oriented tasks. They are designed so that each group must attempt to work out its own solution. As the students work on the problems in groups, taking into account the mental and physical strengths of individuals, each student is given the opportunity to move beyond their limits. While there, students learn valuable leadership skills, group problem solving skills, and increase their sense of personal confidence. In 2018 UBC students learned their skills at building a cardboard box boat that had to float 1 person up to 170lbs. at Lums Pond. 2019 students were tasked with creating presentations on the activities of the day.  



Advisor Groups

Students are divided into groups of seven or eight and are assigned a staff member who acts as their advisor. Each advisor group meets regularly during the summer and helps students develop a sense of belonging.

Advisor Group night is a time set aside for activities involving just the advisor group. Activities have included workshops, films, and game night.







UBC Summer Academy 2018




UBC Summer Academy 2019