Program Information

imagesSince 1989, the St. Olaf College Upward Bound Program has successfully provided postsecondary preparatory support to low-income, first-generation youth per year in our target area. St. Olaf TRIO Upward Bound currently serves 88 students. Over 2,500 youth attending the Target Schools qualify for St. Olaf College Upward Bound services. These young people come from families who are struggling for survival, whose lives are even more difficult because of current economic inequities in the Target Area. Of the 88 students St. Olaf College Upward Bound serves, about half attend St. Paul Humboldt and the other half attend St. Paul Central, High Schools where the effects of poverty and current urban conditions impact drop-out rates, school resources, counselor-to-student ratios and college matriculation.

St. Olaf College Upward Bound’s services are designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for participants to complete a program of secondary education, enter a program of postsecondary education, and earn a four-year college degree. St. Olaf Upward Bound’s excellent program design has resulted in the program retention of over 95% of all students served until they complete their program of secondary education.


St. Olaf College Upward Bound students have attended a wide variety of post-secondary institutions which include the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities and Duluth), Hamline University, St. Cloud and Minnesota (Mankato) State Universities, Inver Hills Community College, and Augsburg, Gustavus Adolphus, Macalester and St. Olaf College, among others.

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The Bridge program is an integral service offered to St. Olaf College Upward Bound high school graduates. Graduating seniors enroll in a tuition-free summer course taught by a St. Olaf College professor and the credit transfers to any post-secondary institution the Bridge student attends. Upward Bound students do well in college compared to their peers; 67.1% will either complete their program of post-secondary education within six years or continue to progress towards earning their degree or service in the U.S. Military.