College Access Programs

College Access Programs

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SMU’s three college access programs – Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, and Educational Talent Search – support the life and career success of Dallas students through high school and college. Our services are provided at no cost to eligible students. Learn more.

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search

We provide academic, career and financial counseling to students as they graduate from high school, transition to college and pursue their degrees.
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Upward Bound

Upward Bound

Upward Bound at SMU helps students transition from high school to their “best fit” college.
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Upward Bound Math-Science

Upward Bound Math-Science

Upward Bound Math-Science at SMU is designed to help you transition from high school to your “best fit” college for a career in STEM fields.
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McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program engages undergraduate students academically and encourages them to purse doctoral work.
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About Us

Our staff is committed to providing a nurturing and caring environment to help disadvantaged students overcome academic and financial barriers in higher education. Learn more.


Partners & Resources

Get resources for students, parents and college resources. Learn more.

“Upward Bound set me on a course to know that college was very attainable, and with the right study habits and work ethic, that just like high school, I could conquer it.”

— Chris Davis

“My experience with Upward Bound has given me my vision. The passion that I have comes from Upward Bound.”

— Devan Reynolds

“Upward Bound is about being able to move yourself up into someone who’s better than you are now.”

— Jose Mata