Welcome to the
Project Upward Bound (PUB) is a Multi-faceted College Preparatory Enrichment Program.
Project Upward Bound College Prep Academy
Project Upward Bound College Prep Academy is under the umbrella of TRiO Programs,
established when Congress passed the Higher Education Act of 1965, now known as the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HECA). A federally funded program, Project Upward Bound (PUB) has been in place at Oakland University since 1966
and serves 120 students per year. Its mission is to provide academic,
social, cultural, and career enrichment that prepares students to
succeed in higher education.
During the Summer Academy
, rising 10th and 11th grade Project participants live on the beautiful
campus of Oakland University. They are involved in a rigorous curriculum
of study in English composition and reading, mathematics, laboratory
science, foreign language, performing arts, computer applications, and
guidance. Evenings feature structured social and cultural activities;
and Fridays are reserved for “Classroom on Wheels” educational field
trips. Participants are expected to achieve specific learning outcomes in each class and improve their grade level performance on the Iowa Test of Educational Development. There are prerequisities for the "Big Trip" at Summer's end. Rising 12th grade Project participants are involved in Senior Seminar, commuting to campus two times a week for college, scholarship, and career research. As their final project, they develop a slide show and present their findings to an audience of parents and administrators.
During the Academic Year Program
, participants receive academic,
social, career, and cultural enrichment as well. ACT preparation occurs
twice monthly during Saturday Academy. Tutorial services are provided in College
Clubs in each target school weekly. A joint meeting is held with
all students monthly at each school. Also, each participant and their
parent(s) meet with the Project Advisor at least twice annually to make
sure participants’ needs are being met by PUB. The Project Upward Bound
also plays a very active part in supporting the
mission and objectives of PUB.
Organizationally, PUB is located within the Division of Student Affairs
at Oakland University. Currently, it is the only TRiO Program at the
Considering all of the services provided, PUB participants receive a
“Service Scholarship” valued at more than $4,900 per year. To view a student-developed presentation about PUB, click here