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Upward Bound

Upward Bound group on a trip

The College of St. Scholastica's Upward Bound (UB) Program has been successfully providing motivation and post-secondary preparatory support to area high school students since 1993. Each year the UB Program works with 79 low-income, first-generation youth who have the desire and motivation necessary to successfully complete high school and go on to pursue a four-year college degree. Current UB students come from five target high schools - Cloquet, Denfeld, North Woods, South Ridge, and Wrenshall High Schools.

WHY ATTEND UB? You'll meet students just like you! Come and meet new friends who are interested in pursuing a college degree!

WHERE IS UB? UB 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 are motivated 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 attend one of the UB target high schools - Cloquet, Denfeld, Northwoods, South Ridge, or Wrenshall.
  • 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? UB 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!



Field trips to local and regional cultural and educational attractions.

  • Sports and recreation activities.
  • Lodging and all meals at CSS. (summer only)
  • A week-long cultural and educational immersion trip. (summer only)

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR? You will meet WEEKLY with an Upward Bound advisor at your high school to receive tutoring, discuss academic counseling, review goals, career plans, and college planning (scholarships, financial assistance, ACT preparation, essay writing, and college applications). You will also attend MONTHLY Upward Bound Saturday Sessions, which include community service projects, academic skill building, college campus tours, cultural events, academic and recreational activities.