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The Upward Bound Summer Academy is a highly structured six-week summer program designed to simulate a postsecondary education experience. For five weeks, participants attend classes on the ESU campus and eat in the dining hall. Certified teachers provide instruction in mathematics, laboratory science, English, a modern language, and other electives to prepare for the upcoming academic year. Participants live in the residence hall 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 seniors 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.

A bridge program 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.