Upward Bound Program History

Upward Bound is the first of three programs developed as part of the Higher Education Act of 1964 to provide higher educational opportunities to low income students. Together with Talent Search and Student Support Services, Upward Bound is part of the core of what are now known as TRIO Programs, located at high schools and colleges throughout the country and administered by the U.S. Department of Education.  All Upward Bound programs aim “to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.” Upward Bound serves high school students from low­ income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.

Upward Bound Vision Quest Program History

Upward Bound Vision Quest was originally designed as a demonstration project working with American Indian students in Minneapolis, but has since evolved into a program that works with an increasingly diverse group of students with a variety of academic needs. Initially based on the Twin Cities campus, Upward Bound Vision Quest moved to the Duluth campus over 20 years ago and is currently situated within the Department of Social Work’s Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies. For over 40 years, the Upward Bound Vision Quest program has provided students with the services they need to successfully move from high school into college.