Upward Bound at SMU helps students transition from high school to their “best fit” college. Our services and the weekly support of our staff are provided at no cost to students or their parents.

98% of students from SMU’s Upward Bound program go on to earn college degrees.

College Access Program high school students

Our services

  • High school course tutoring
  • ACT/SAT/PSAT/STAAR preparation
  • College transition planning
  • College and university tours
  • Mentoring and advising
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Academic Planning for High School and College
  • Career guidance and planning
  • Financial aid and scholarship application assistance
  • Access to educational and cultural enrichment events
  • Instruction to improve writing, and study skills
  • Guidance on secondary school reentry or alternative education programs (if necessary)
  • Financial literacy for Parents and Student

Schools We Serve

  • D.W. Carter
  • Duncanville High School
  • Hillcrest High School
  • J.F. Kimball High School
  • Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • North Dallas High School
  • Skyline High School
  • Spruce High School

Eligibility Requirements

Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families or from families in which neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree. Program participants must meet eligibility requirements and will be selected through an application and interview process.

Our students must be:

  • U.S. citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens
  • First generation college students and/or low income
  • Committed to program requirements such as
    • Attending Saturday Academies in the Fall and Spring Semester
    • Participate in the Summer Academy (6 weeks)

Saturday and Summer Academy

  • Access to SMU campus resources
  • Get the latest tips for the new SAT and ACT
  • Hands on tutoring that improves GPA scores
  • Tailored interactive 5 year plan by grade level
  • Academic and career focused workshops

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