Veterans Upward Bound Program

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) at Suffolk University is a college preparatory program designed to encourage, empower, and acclimatize college-bound veterans for the rigors of post-secondary education and training.

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Services

Our program is sponsored through the U.S. Department of Education, so our services are provided free of charge for qualifying veterans. We are proud to offer the following services. 

College & Career Advising

  • College Selection
  • Career Coaching
  • Degree Program Comparison

Academic Preparation Classes

  • Test Preparation Courses (SAT/ACT/Accuplacer)
  • Introduction to College-level Coursework
  • Improve Study & Test Taking Skills

College Financial Planning

  • GI BillG® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. Benefits Counseling
  • Financial Aid Orientation
  • FAFSA Support
  • Scholarship Support

College Application Assistance

  • Timeline & Checklist Development
  • Application Essay Development
  • Application Review
  • Award Letter Review

Requirements

  • Low-income and/or first generation college student
  • Served at least 181 days of active duty military service
  • Military discharge other than dishonorable
  • Or discharged due to service connected disability

Academics

Suffolk's VUB is committed to preparing its students for success in post-secondary education. The majority of post-secondary institutions require incoming students to take an assessment exam in order to place these students into the appropriate level of classes. To help students get prepared to take these assessments, we have created a rigorous academic program to ensure VUB students perform to the highest of their abilities. 

Course Name  Description
Introduction to Mathematics    

This class is designed to prepare students for pre-enrollment standardized exams, improving competencies up to proficiency in college-level mathematics. The course will consist of a series of lectures, assignments, self-paced online supports. This course will focus on competencies within pre-algebra, geometry, algebra I & II. Handouts, assignments and materials will be provided for students.

Khan Academy provides supplemental instruction through online videos, and practice lessons.

Curriculum is designed in consideration with the College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Education, College Board Standards for College Success and MA Adult Basic Education Curriculum Framework for Mathematics. 

Introduction to Writing

This class is designed to prepare students for college-level writing. The course will consist of
instructional lectures, open source sessions, in-class discussions, independent writing assignments, weekly written reflections, and assigned readings as outlined in the instructional schedule. Assigned readings and other class materials are provided for students.

Udemy provides a lecture series for students looking to improve their writing skills. Quality Paragraph and Essay Writing consists of 10 lecture course can be used as either a review or preview of what it means to write with unity, coherence, and clarity.

The curriculum is designed in consideration with The Adult Basic Education Curriculum Framework for the English Language Arts, and College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Education

Introduction to Foreign Language

This class is designed to familiarize students with a basic understanding of a foreign language. The course will consist of a series of self-paced online instructional lectures, quizzes, and learning outcome markers as determined by VUB staff and the student. Students will self-select a particular language to study.

Our program partners with Transparent Language, a leading provider of best-practice language learning software for consumers, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses. More than 12,000 schools and universities, as well as top government language schools, such as the Foreign Service Institute and the Defense Language Institute use Transparent Language. Transparent Language Online includes materials in over 100 foreign languages for English speakers and 24 English for speakers of other languages.

Open Source Curriculum

Open Source Curriculum (OSC) is an online instructional resource that can be freely used, distributed and modified. 

Staff has been intentional about designing curriculum to provide access to coursework from a distance, for those who would otherwise not be able to attend. 

Subject Description
Mathematics 

We partner with Khan Academy to provide online instruction and coursework for student to enhance their math skills. Those who are interested in working through our structured OSC coursework in mathematics should contact staff members to develop a course for you.

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational organization started by Salman Khan in 2008. Their mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Online materials cover subjects ranging from math and finance to history and art. With thousands of bite-sized videos, step-by-step problems and instant data, Khan Academy provides a rich and engaging learning experience.

Writing

We partner with Udemy to provide a lecture series for students looking to improve their writing skills. Those who are interested in working through our structured OSC coursework in writing should contact staff members to develop a course for you.

Quality Paragraph and Essay Writing consists of 10 lecture courses that can be used as either a review or preview of what it means to write with unity, coherence, and clarity. This is perfect for students already enrolled in a course who might need extra help, or for students and employees who might need a refresher after time away from writing practice.

Foreign Language

We partner with Transparent Language to provide high quality language learning instruction, accessible online and through mobile device applications (Phone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, and ANDROID™).

Transparent Language is a leading provider of best-practice language learning software for consumers, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses. More than 12,000 schools and universities, as well as top government language schools, such as the Foreign Service Institute and the Defense Language Institute use our products.

Laboratory Science

There are a number of open source opportunities for taking a science course. MIT Open Course Ware, one example, provides core academic materials, including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, and exams from nearly all of their undergraduate and graduate level courses. Many of MIT's faculty members have volunteered to share their teaching and materials through OCW including documents, video, audio, simulations, and animations for the purposes of offering education to a wider audience.

MIT Open Course Ware provides courses free of charge, note that participation and completion of these courses do not provide credit, but rather experience and learning through the content and curriculum.

Contact

Alicia M. Reddin
Associate Director
Veterans Upward Bound Program
phone: 617-725-4102
email: areddin@suffolk.edu

Center for Access & Opportunity
73 Tremont Street, 7th floor

Frequently Asked Questions

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a free program that helps eligible U.S. military veterans prepare for the college and careers.

Yes! We will help any qualified veteran who would like to attend any institution of higher learning. We can provide support to find the school and degree program that best fits your needs and goals.

We provide referrals to area career centers, which assist with resume writing, career counseling, and in some cases job placement. Our staff can provide you with information on professions and occupational fields and match applicable academic degree programs. 

Just contact our office at 617-725-4102 to make an appointment with one of the staff. Please bring along a copy of your DD-214.