Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Upward Bound staff at BMCC will continue to work remotely from home utilizing email for correspondence and virtual meetings for face to face interactions.
For any questions pertaining to the services, programs or activities with Upward Bound, please email the Director, Oriel Straker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Director, Jovanne Augustine at email@example.com.
A letter from our director contains more information for parents, partners and collaborators.
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.
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%