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The summer component of the Upward Bound Program is an intensive three or six-week residential program housed in residence halls on the campus of Frostburg State University. Students attend academic classes and participate in many and various activities on a daily basis.
Students receive instruction in mathematics, science, literature, writing, foreign language, and SAT/ACT prep. Students also attend classes or workshops in such areas as study skills, library skills, college and career planning, and computer applications. Portions of many of the classes utilize one of the University's computer labs. Students also participate in recreational activities, cultural events, and field trips which may include staying overnight on other college campuses.
Very important in the summer are the field trips. The field trips correspond either to the summer theme or are selected as cultural events. In the summer, Upward Bound field trips may include a multi-day trip. This trip is usually planned for the fifth week of the program.
Students live in the halls in small groups, each group is headed by a Tutor/Counselor. Among their many responsibilities, the Tutor/Counselors assist the classroom teachers, supervise meals, plan and organize afternoon end evening field trips, and conduct Guided Study Groups with their students.
Upward Bound offers a strong, challenging curriculum in the summer that is built around a carefully selected theme which is integrated into the academic classes. Some examples of past summer themes have included Going Places (2011), Could the U in Business and EntrepreneUrship be You? (2012), True Grit: In Search of Character (2013).