Upward Bound (Oasis) is funded by a U.S. Dept. of Education grant and is part of the TRiO office at the University of California, Riverside. The Upward Bound program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in high school and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. UB-Oasis is offered at Banning, Beaumont, and Norte Vista High Schools. Although UB emphasizes academics, the program also includes enrichment activities for participants.
Program services are free and include: one-on-one academic advising, after-school tutoring, college campus visits, cultural activities, Saturday sessions (once a month during the academic year), Summer program (six weeks-last two weeks are residential at UC Riverside), Northern California College tour trip, and other merit trips and activities. The program's college tours allow students to explore California college campuses and go to amusement parks, the beach, and other fun spots. Upward Bound pays students' expenses, covering meals, transportation, and admission to different venues.
UB counselors meet with participants and review their transcripts to make sure they are taking classes that fulfill the entrance requirements set by the University of California and the California State University systems. Counselors also remind participants about important deadlines (SAT/ACT, college admissions, financial aid, etc.), and offer assistance when parents/ participants fill out college admission and financial aid forms.
One-on-One Academic Advising
UB counselors meet with participants and review their transcript to make sure they are taking classes that fulfill the entrance requirements set by the University of California and the California State University systems. Counselors also remind participants about important deadlines (SAT/ACT, college admissions, financial aid, etc.), and offer assistance when parents/ participants fill out college admission and financial aid forms.
During the academic year, participants tour colleges in and around Southern California. Most tours also include a presentation where college students share their experiences.
In the summer, a select group of UB participants go on a three-day trip through Northern California for college tours and cultural activities. UB provides transportation, food, lodging, and fees associated with the trip
UB takes participants on field trips to Sea World, Knott's Berry Farm, and other attractions around Southern California. Transportation and other expenses are paid for by Upward Bound.
One Saturday each month, participants are bused from their high school to UCR for supplemental instruction classes in the morning and enrichment activities in the afternoon. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
UB's summer session is an intensive six-week program that lets participants experience college life. For four weeks, participants are bused from their high schools to UCR, Monday- Thursday for class. Fridays are reserved for activities or field trips. The last two weeks, participants take academic enrichment courses. A stipend is provided to program participants.
UCR college students provide free tutoring after school several times a week at all participating high schools.
UB sends out a newsletter each month reminding participants and their parents about important deadlines and upcoming events. The newsletter also included tips to help guide participants through the college process.
Am I Eligible for Upward Bound?
Students must be interested in pursuing a higher education, have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 in academic classes, attend a school where the program is offered, come from a low-income household, and/or be a potential first-generation college student, meaning neither parent has a baccalaureate degree from a university in the United States. If you would like more information click here.