Upward Bound at Occidental College continously thrive to serve its students in innovative and effective ways.
Upward Bound was established at Occidental College in 1964 as one of the original Upward Bound pilot programs and has since served over 2000 first generation, low income students in the Los Angeles region. Our intentional advising model and commitment to fostering strong scholars have allowed us to revolutionize our approach to student development and engagement, allowing us to successfully service a wide range of unique scholars.
The goal of our service revolves around 4 critical objectives:
To holistically develop key skill sets that positively impact academic performance in high school.
To expose our students to the demands of college and guide them through the college experience.
To ensure that Upward Bound scholars graduate from high school with a solid post-secondary plan—both academic and financial.
To graduate from a 4-year college or university or 6 years or less.