SaintsRiseUp Safe Return | Campus Updates

Upward Bound Math Science

The College of St. Scholastica's Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Program has been successfully providing motivation and post-secondary preparatory support since 1995. Each year the UBMS Program works with 59 low-income, first-generation youth with the ability to achieve in math and science in Northeastern Minnesota. Current UBMS students come from regional high schools such as Barnum, Carlton, Duluth East, Hermantown, Proctor, Two Harbors and South Ridge.

WHY ATTEND UBMS? You'll meet students just like you! Come and meet new friends who are interested in math and science!

WHERE IS UBMS? UBMS is held at The College of St. Scholastica. Your family or other approved adults need to transport you to and from the College for the monthly Saturday Sessions and the six-week summer program. 

WHO SHOULD APPLY? You should, if...

  • You want to be successful in high school.
  • You have ability in math and science and hope to pursue a college degree.
  • You are willing to come to The College of St. Scholastica nine times during the school year and for six weeks during the summer.
  • You are in 9th or 10th grade.
  • You live in northeastern Minnesota.
  • Your parents did not graduate from a four-year college and/or your family meets low-income guidelines (call for details).

WHEN SHOULD YOU APPLY TO UPWARD BOUND MATH AND SCIENCE? UBMS recruits new students each fall. In order to be considered for the program, a completed application must be submitted by the end of October. Download an application!



  • Lodging and all meals at CSS. (summer only)
  • Team Leaders (college students) live with you in the dorms. (summer only)
  • Interaction with professional scientists and mathematicians.
  • Field trips to local and regional science facilities.
  • Sports and recreation activities.
  • A week-long science immersion trip. (summer only)
  • Cultural field trips.


Students come to The College of St. Scholastica for one Saturday each month for a day of activities to broaden your cultural and educational horizons.

Students are also enrolled in an online course through UBMS. You complete the assignment at home or during one of your weekly meetings with your advisor.

UBMS staff will visit you weekly at your school to discuss your schoolwork. If you need tutoring or other help, we will work with you or arrange for a tutor. We will help you develop an academic and career action plan. We will be your advocate to get the support you need and work with you on the college planning process.

Throughout the academic year, UBMS staff provide tutoring and advising for our students in our target region. UBMS staff members are available during the school day for tutoring, meeting with teachers and counselors, advising, helping with college applications and financial aid, and giving personal assistance.

Monthly Saturday Sessions are an important component of the academic year. Saturday Sessions are MANDATORY meetings that allow UBMS students to focus on certain topics. Saturday Sessions typically focus on preparing students for the ACT assessment, participating in community service events, researching careers, and participating in cultural activities.