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What is Upward Bound (UB)?

The Upward Bound program is a federally funded TRIO program dedicated to the preparation, admission, and eventual completion of a technical or college degree for eligible high school students.

The UB program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse provides services to residents in the La Crosse and Monroe Counties at the target schools of Logan, Central, Holmen, Tomah, Brookwood, & Sparta high schools.

The UB program has an academic and summer component. During the Academic year, we offer weekly tutoring, advising sessions, monthly Saturday events, and community service opportunities. We cover topics ranging from test prep, advocacy & resourcefulness, college & career exploration, leadership development, study, and work skill development! During our Summer program, students will stay at UWL’s campus for 6 weeks getting the full college experience.

We work closely with students and our school partners to ensure they are on track for high school graduation and prepare for the next steps towards college.

To learn more about our values and goals take a look at our CREED! 

When do Upward Bound events happen?


UB hosts weekly tutoring sessions and at these tutoring sessions, the students will work closely with tutors to work on completing assignments, get help in a trouble area, and review homework before turning it in. 


Saturday Events every month that can vary between cultural enrichment activities and other fun activities for students’ academic growth. We also plan college visits to various Wisconsin institutions. Students will meet with their Adviser monthly.


6-week summer program on the UWL campus where the students can earn high school credit and enjoy the college experience while supervised by our UB staff and graduate students. UB Graduates are able to enroll in the BRIDGE program where they take a college-level class for free. 

Check out our video from Summer 2020!