Texas Tech University

Upward Bound

Upward Bound (UB) is a U.S. Department of Education-funded program designed to enhance the academic skills and motivation of high school students from low-income families or those who could be the first in their families to attend college. It offers instruction in math, science, writing, literature, and foreign languages, alongside various activities and services to prepare students for college success.

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster the necessary academic skills and motivation for each participant to successfully graduate from high school and complete a post-secondary education at a college of their choosing.

Our Vision

Upward Bound is dedicated to providing comprehensive college preparatory services to ensure all participants achieve their goal of earning a college degree.


Activities and Services

  • Academic tutoring, advisement and career exploration
  • Test prep (SAT, ACT, TSIA2)
  • Financial literacy
  • College/Career field trips
  • Experiential learning activities
  • College summer residential & bridge program
  • Workshops for student and parents
  • Individual assistance with college admissions & financial aid applications

Program Eligibility

Students may qualify for participation in Upward Bound based on the following criteria:

  • Be a potential first-generation college student
  • Meet federal income guidelines
  • U.S. citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
  • Demonstrate a need for academic support
  • Attend a target LISD high school

Application Process

How to Apply

Online Application

Applications are available by download, online, or from your high school counselor's office. All applications must be completed and returned to the Upward Bound office for consideration.

Additional supporting materials to include:

  • Recent copy of nine-week report card or high school transcript
  • Recent STAAR/EOC test scores
  • Teacher/Counselor recommendation form

All information will be kept confidential and used only to determine eligibility for the Upward Bound program. Please include all required information to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact us through the sources listed below.


After UB receives your completed application & supporting materials, applicants will be invited for a student & parent interview.


Students will receive notification by email or phone call if accepted into the program.

Contact Details

TTU Upward Bound Program
2518 15th/MS 5065
Lubbock TX 79409

For additional information, please contact:

Diane Sanchez, M.Ed.


Campus Access & Engagement