Upward Bound

Fall 2021 update: Please read this Fall Program 2021 letter to parents from our director regarding current COVID protocols.

Upward Bound is a free program for eligible high school students. At Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC) Upward Bound Project, students receive individualized learning enrichment and academic instruction as well as the opportunity to participate in educational, cultural, and social activities.

Classes and Workshops

Students in the Upward Bound program attend several classes a week after their regular high school classes. In these small group settings, we help students with any difficulties they are having in their high school courses. In addition to academic help, we provide workshops in subjects such as financial literacy, scholarships, interviews, and more.


Students that attend Upward Bound classes regularly and follow the program rules are eligible to participate in special events. They will be able to visit museums, attend Broadway shows, camping retreats, restaurants and other local venues to gain background that will help them in college and at work.

College Tours

In addition to preparing academically for college, we take Upward Bound students to visit various colleges in New York and other nearby states. The classes we offer are SAT prep, Regents review (English, Math, Science) and other academic tutoring to help Upward Bound students prepare to apply to colleges. We also help students with financial aid applications and course selection when they are applying to colleges.

Upward Bound Students Succeed

Upward Bound high school seniors were accepted and attended the following colleges and universities:

  • SUNY: Albany, Brockport, Buffalo
  • CUNY: Queens College
  • Private: Alfred University, Marist College, Ithaca College, Hamilton College, Skidmore College

Upward Bound at BMCC 2016-17: Rate of high school graduation and acceptance into colleges and universities: 100%

Upward Bound

70 Murray Street, Room 1206B
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 346-8458

Office Hours:
10 a.m.-6 p.m