College Preparation

Classes Needed

College preparatory courses required for all Upward Bound participants include:

English: 4 years

Math: Minimum of 3 years, including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and a higher level class such as Data Analysis and Statistics

Science: Minimum of 3 years, including one year each of at least two of the following courses: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Social Studies: Minimum of 3 years

Foreign Language: Minimum of one year of a language other than English

Upward Bound Participants are expected to maintain a regular class load of college preparatory courses that will enable them to meet all graduation requirements and graduate from high school within four years.

Upward Bound participants are expected to maintain a semester GPA of  2.5 or above.


College Admissions Calendar

August

  • Request admission and scholarship applications and information from your three colleges.
  • Set up a college file for the information you request and receive from colleges as well as copies of information you send them.
  • Continue college and scholarship exploration.

September

  • Begin applications and essays.
  • Mark your calendar or college fairs and admissions representative visits.
  • Look into fall overnight and weekend, college visitation programs.
  • Meet with your UB Advisor to develop a college admissions plan.
  • Register for October ACT.
  • Inquire about on-campus housing availability at your target schools.
  • Male students must register with the Selective Service by their eighteenth birthday to be eligible for federal and state financial aid.
  • Put stipend money away to pay for enrollment and housing deposits.
  • Request transcripts and letters of recommendation.

October

  • Complete, review, photocopy, and submit your 3 admission applications
  • Add admissions and scholarship deadline dates into calendar.
  • Take the October ACT.

November

  • Follow up to ensure that you have collected letters of recommendation or that they have been submitted independently to your target schools.
  • Discuss college costs with your parents and UB Advisor.

December

  • Ask your UB Advisor about financial aid workshops for yourself and your parents.
  • Complete, review, photocopy, and submit your scholarship applications.
  • Obtain any other financial aid forms that may be required by your target schools.
  • Continue to research and apply for scholarships.
  • Meet scholarship application deadlines.

January

  • Obtain income tax information and encourage parents to have their taxes completed early to help in completing the FAFSA.
  • Schedule personal interviews at your target schools, if required.

February

  • Participate in Financial Aid/Financial Literacy activities that can help you seek additional aid to attend the college of your dreams.
  • Make sure that you have submitted the FAFSA and all required financial aid forms to your target schools.
  • Watch the mail for requests or responses from colleges regarding financial aid and admissions.

March

  • Ask about Advanced Placement (AP) exams for college credit.
  • If selected for income verification, send copies of your and your parents’ income tax forms to financial aid offices.
  • Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Take some time to review your files and follow up on submissions and requests to and from colleges and financial aid programs.

April

  • Ask about Advanced Placement (AP) exams for college credit.
  • If selected for income verification, send copies of your and your parents’ income tax forms to financial aid offices.
  • Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Take some time to review your files and follow up on submissions and requests to and from colleges and financial aid programs.

May

  • Study for your AP exams and finals.
  • Contact the financial aid office at your selected college to check your status.
  • Finalize college housing plans, if you plan to live on campus.
  • Bridge begins

June

  • Complete any remaining forms.
  • Have your high school send a final official transcript to your chosen college.
  • Plan for college orientation and transportation.
  • Start a list of everything you will need to bring to school.
  • Make transportation arrangements for the move.
  • Develop a budget.

July

  • Establish a bank account near your school.
  • Make a last visit to the college campus. Locate businesses and sites of importance.
  • Set up an address/phone book for relatives and friends you want to keep in touch with. Include emergency numbers like doctors and insurance companies.
  • If you haven’t done so, make sure that you schedule and attend freshman orientation.