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Upward Bound Summer Academy

Do you want to get a hands on college experience? Live in the dorms at the U of U Campus? Get free meals? Earn high school class credit?If so, then apply to participate in our Summer Academy!

What is UB Summer Academy?

student in the dorm

Our Upward Bound Summer Academy is an intensive 6-week academic & residential program where student participants get to live on campus in the dorms. Students will take high school classes for credit on campus and have all the meals paid for. Students also participate in weekly workshops, team building activities, community service projects, field trips, and career exploration events. Internship opportunities with university offices may also be available!

Teams will be roommates with each other, participate in the weekly events and activities, and attend study hall together. Students are dropped off on campus Sunday evenings, attend classes and activities/workshops during the week, and head home Friday afternoons. Weekends and national holidays students will be home. If a student passes all their classes, they can earn up to 1.25 credits that count towards high school graduation! 

Our Summer Academy usually runs from the last week of June through the first week of August. We ask students that they do not have any other commitments such as work or vacations.

The best part? All of this is FREE to eligible student participants.

Classes Available

summer classes

Class availability does vary every summer; some of the classes we offer include:

  • Math
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Financial Literacy
  • ACT Prep
  • Next Steps (senior prep) 
  • Fresh Steps (freshman prep)

How to Apply & Criteria

The application for the Summer Academy usually opens online in late April, with final participant selections made in late May. 

Student participants MUST be admitted to Upward Bound. Selection for the Summer Academy is contingent upon each students’ participation in tutoring & workshops/activities throughout the school year. Not all students participating in Upward Bound may join the Summer Academy. Student allocation varies by year and is subject to grant funding. 

Last Updated: 2/2/22