Student Programs & Services

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The University at Buffalo Upward Bound Program (UBP) recruits students who are deeply interested in obtaining a post-secondary degree at a two- or four-year college or university. UBP students are passionate about learning, are proficient in all subjects, and earn at least an 85 GPA in their last marking period.

The UBP is comprised of two components: an academic component and a summer component.

Academic Year Component Summer Component

The academic year component consists of a fall/winter session (October to mid-December) and a spring session (February to May). 

Each session may include:

  • Personal, academic and career counseling sessions.
  • College campus visits, on-campus activities and more.
  • Cultural and educational field trips and celebrations.
  • Community service.
  • After school tutoring sessions in English, math, foreign language, and science.
  • College planning and career exploration assistance.
  • Guidance and understanding of the college financial aid process.
  • Scholarship information.
  • SAT and ACT prep.
  • UBP-provided snacks and hot meals.

Upon completion of the academic component, students are prepared for rigorous study and have developed the confidence to excel in high school and enroll, persist and graduate from postsecondary education.

Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program is offered to high school graduates to increase college-going rates, and the likelihood of post-secondary persistence and success. This is the final component in which high school seniors can participate.

Students participating in the Summer Bridge are enrolled in two freshman-level college courses at the University at Buffalo. Upon successful completion of the two courses, each student will earn six college credits. In addition, bridge students may opt to participate in a paid internship program.

The Upward Bound Program will pay all summer fees for Summer Bridge students including tuition, room, board, equipment, recreation and other fees pertaining to tuition.