The 50th Anniversary of Upward Bound is a cause for great celebration. This is our opportunity to commemorate the proud history of TRIO's "First Program" and assert our accomplishments. This is an occasion for Upward Bound projects across the country to share with their institutions and communities the valuable contributions that Upward Bound has made in the lives of low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities.
- Since 1964 more than 2 million students have participated in Upward Bound.
- In 1964, 17 Pilot programs were funded, 2,061 students participated.
- In 1964, approximately 1,500 Upward Bound students graduated high school; 80% were admitted to college in 1965 and 69% graduated with a bachelor's degree.
- Today, 964 programs are funded with more than 80,000 students participating.
- The likelihood of Upward Bound students going to college immediately after graduation increases by persistence in the program from 77% at two years to 93% at three or more years.
- A student from top quartile of family income is nine times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree than a student born into the bottom quartile - 73.3% compared to 8.3%.
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