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Cal Poly Pomona Upward Bound Math Science History

What is Upward Bound Math Science?

Upward Bound Math Science is a federally funded program through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is sponsored by the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). The program is designed to help prepare high school students for success in a postsecondary education in a STEM program of study free of charge.

The goal of Upward Bound Math Science is to provide assistance to high school students who are interested in attending college and majoring in the math, science and engineering fields. They must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, economically disadvantaged, and or first generation college students.

Mission Statement

The Upward Bound Math Science Programs at Cal Poly Pomona are designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low‐income and potential first‐generation college students who are enrolled in Montclair High School, Garey High School, Pomona High School, and Village Academy High School. UB assists students in successful completion of high school and entry into postsecondary education by accomplishing program goals and objectives. All services and activities are offered and provided at no cost to participants or their families. Each program component is geared to assist students to become (1) more informed of the educational, social, and cultural opportunities available at postsecondary institutions, (2) acquaint participants with the range of career options available to them, (3) assist students in developing and implementing effective life skills, and (4) assist students in successfully gaining admittance and being retained at postsecondary institutions.

Student Participants

A total of 100 students participate in this year‐round program. High school students are selected from target high school sites as part of the mission statement. Students participate until their high school graduation. Once students gain admission to a postsecondary institution of their choice, UBMS connects students with post‐secondary programs that help to retain students in college until graduation. All students are tracked for up to 6 years after high school graduation or until they successfully complete a postsecondary education degree program of study.

Funded entirely by the U.S. Department of Education from 2012‐2017 in the amount of $2,500,000.00

UBMS North: $250,000 annually

UBMS South: $250,000 annually

*Upward Bound Math Science Programs have been sponsored on the Cal Poly Pomona Campus since 1998

As part of the Pre‐College Institute/TRIO Programs, Upward Bound Math Science Programs comprise of two out of six U.S. Department of Education funded pre‐college opportunities available from Cal Poly Pomona.