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The Upward Bound Summer Institute is a structured six-week summer program designed to simulate a postsecondary education experience. For five weeks, participants, who are rising freshman, sophomores, and juniors, attend classes on the ESU campus and eat in the dining hall. Certified teachers provide instruction in mathematics, laboratory science, English, and a modern language to prepare them for success in their courses in the upcoming academic year. Participants live in the Emporia State University residence halls for one of the five weeks.  Additional opportunities include cultural activities, field trips, service learning projects, career exploration, and campus visits designed to expose participants to environments and skills necessary to succeed in college.  Rising juniors are also eligible for on-campus work-study jobs.  During the sixth week, students take an educational and cultural trip out of state where they visit additional college campuses, as well as museums and other educational venues. In summer 2018, participants will be heading to New Orleans!

A Bridge Program also is offered for UB participants the summer between their high school graduation and college entry.  Upward Bound offers up to six credit hours of college classes at no cost to the student and provides the necessary academic and social support to ensure the students’ success in the coursework. UB also matches bridge students with on-campus work-study jobs for the summer. Bridge participants also are eligible to go on the summer trip.

Students receive stipends for participating in the Summer Institute and all summer programming is free!