Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound (UB) at Suffolk University is a federally funded program under the Department of Education that seeks to increase college access and educational opportunities for first-generation and/or low-income students. Our focus is on college acceptance and attendance, and all students are supported through graduation from high school.

Eligibility and Application

To be eligible to participate in Suffolk’s Upward Bound program, you must live in Dorchester or attend one of our target schools (Dorchester Academy or Tech Boston Academy). You must also fall within at least one of the following categories:

  • Low-income
  • First-generation college attendee
  • High risk for academic failure

You must submit an application [PDF] to be considered for Upward Bound. Select applicants go through an interview process before final program selections are made

Our Core Services

Upward Bound participants receive academic enrichment and guidance throughout high school in accordance to the rigorous curriculum standards set by Boston Public Schools. Our program tracks students throughout their high school careers, providing timely and appropriate information about the college application and financial aid process.

After-School Tutoring

Students receive additional support in all required courses, in collaboration with Boston Public Schools.

Supplemental Instruction

Suffolk hosts intensive academic sessions, including classes in mathematics, science, and English and workshops focused on SAT and MCAS preparation.

College Readiness

Students take several college tours throughout the school year. Senior seminars provide students with assistance navigating the application and financial aid process for college. Students may also participate in service learning and resume development opportunities.

Summer Program

For six weeks during the summer, students can visit and live on the Suffolk campus. During this time, they take courses, enjoy enriching social and cultural activities, and participate in service and vocational learning opportunities.

College Access Resources

Test Prep

College Advising

Financial Aid



Samienta Pierre-Vil
Program Director
Upward Bound Program
Phone: 617-725-4131
Fax: 617-994-6864
Email: spierre-vil@suffolk.edu

Center for Academic Access and Opportunity
73 Tremont Street, 7th Floor