Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

OSU-OKC Program Prepares Students for College, Life

OSU-Oklahoma City’s Upward Bound students experienced a fun-filled summer ranging from life skills instruction to kayaking the Oklahoma River. In addition to meeting each weekday, the students went on a field trip once a week.


Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program that aims to assist high school students in achieving a college education.


According to OSU-OKC Upward Bound Director Francie Moss, the program starts teaching participants about college financial aid during their freshman year of high school. They also take students on several college tours each year they are in the program.


“We get them ready for life and success on a college campus,” Moss said. “When they step onto a college campus they know the language, they know how to ask questions, they know the unwritten rules and they know who to contact for help.”


Upward Bound also assists the students in completing college and scholarship applications, conducting career assessments, searching for colleges, and provides transportation to colleges to enroll. The program also allows each student the opportunity to take the ACT three times at no cost to them.


“During the summer, program students are enrolled in English, science, math and a foreign language to improve academically,” Moss says. “Academics are the main focus of Upward Bound.”


According to Moss, students are required to maintain a ‘C’ or better in all core classes. If a student is below a ‘C,’ they attend one hour of tutoring each week until their next report card.


OSU-OKC Upward Bound has operated since 1995. The program serves 68 students collectively from three target high schools: Northwest Classen, Western Heights and Putnam City West.


In addition to an exciting summer, Upward Bound offers year-round support to participating students throughout their high school years. Once students are accepted into the program they remain in the program until they graduate from high school provided they continue to fulfill the program requirements. After graduation, students are enrolled in six credit hours of summer college classes on the OSU-OKC campus.


The program is available to eligible students at no cost. Meals, admission costs and transportation needs are all provided by the program during Upward Bound activities. The cost to the student is participation and performance in the program’s activities.


For more information, visit www.osuokc.edu/upwardbound, email berouse@osuokc.edu or call (405) 945-8623.


OSU-OKC Program Prepares Students for College, Life

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