Texas Tech University

Select Program

The Upward Bound Select Program serves 100 area high school students who have interests in various career fields. The program is designed to help develop creative thinking, effective expression and positive attitudes towards learning. Teachers, counselors and other professionals provide comprehensive counseling services, academic enrichment and activities that enhance students' potential for success in college.

Select students engage in first-hand college experience by attending lecture style academic sessions. The curriculum and setting introduce the learning styles needed at the collegiate level. Academic sessions are held in Texas Tech University classrooms which allow the students to get accustomed to the college setting. The Select program invites students of all career interests to the program. Although most students in the program have a interest in the Liberal Arts field, students are introduced and exposed to all majors, degrees and careers.

The unique make up of the program assists students who do not have a set degree field upon entering the program. In the program students are supported and given the proper information to assist them in choosing a suitable avenue for continuing their higher education.

Academic Year Component

Upward Bound provides college awareness information, standardized test prep, academic advising, and exposure to academic culture designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in the college environment. During the school year, Upward Bound sessions are held every two(2) Saturdays from 8:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.

The summer component provides an opportunity for qualifying students to live in a Texas Tech University's residence hall for approximately 5 weeks. Upward Bound students attend academic classes during the summer component as well.

  • ACT/SAT prep
  • Literature/Composition
  • Language Exchange
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Special interest classes: computer building, mass communications, and theater arts.

Students participate in various counselor-sponsored fun and exciting social and recreational activities during the evenings.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Meadow HS
  • Monterrey HS
  • Olton HS
  • Petersburg HS
  • Plainview HS
  • Ralls HS
  • Slaton HS
  • Southland HS
  • Sundown HS
  • Tahoka HS
  • Lubbock Cooper HS
  • Coronado HS
  • Estacado HS
  • Frenship HS
  • Hale Center HS
  • Littlefield HS
  • Lockney HS
  • Lorenzo HS
  • Lubbock HS
  • Matthews HS


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