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Located in the scenic mountains of Western Maryland, Frostburg State University's Upward Bound Program is one of almost 800 national, federally funded, pre-college programs designed to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in high school and afterwards in college.
Upward Bound, the oldest of the Federal TRIO Programs, has been a part of the FSU community since 1981. Upward Bound accomplishes its goals in two ways: through the Academic Year Program and the Summer Residential Program.
The Academic Year Program affords the students many opportunities to meet their goals. Enrichment classes, tutoring, and academic and career advising are held on selected Saturdays, and on an as-needed basis throughout the Academic Year. During the six-week Summer Residential Program held on the campus of Frostburg State University, students have a firsthand experience of seeing what it is like living in a residence hall and taking classes on a college campus.
Graduating seniors have the opportunity to earn college credit prior to their freshman year in college by attending Upward Bound's Bridge Program during the summer.
FSU's UB program is funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 89 students who attend high school in Allegany County, Maryland. Students are accepted on a year-round basis and may apply upon completion of the eighth grade. Students may remain with the program through the summer after high school graduation.
Also on the Frostburg State University campus are TRIO's Regional Math/Science Center (RMSC) and Student Support Services. RMSC is similar to the Upward Bound program except the focus is for students interested in pursuing careers in math and science areas. Student Support Services helps qualified students once they begin as college students.