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Program Overview


Upward Bound, a federally funded initiative at Queens College CUNY, gives fundamental support to local public high school students in preparation for postsecondary education. For more than 40 years, the program has helped participants to graduate from high school and college, equipped with the necessary academic, social, and financial skills.  

We serve high school students from low-income families and/or families in which neither parent holds a college degree. Our primary goal is to increase the rates at which these students enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.  

The program provides instruction in English literature and composition, math, laboratory science, and foreign language. We also partner with a number of campus departments to provide wide-ranging services, including:
  • Regents Exams and SAT preparation
  • Academic, financial, and/or personal counseling
  • Exposure to diverse academic programs and cultural events
  • Tutorial and mentoring programs
  • Information on career choice and postsecondary educational opportunities
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Work-study positions to expose participants to future career options
  • Intensive six-week summer program
  • Computer-based math, arts, and science instruction that bridges the digital divide

Parental involvement is crucial to the success of Upward Bound. Accordingly, students and parents participate in topical seminars, workshops, and social events staffed by our faculty of educators and professional people. The workshops and seminars are designed to help students and families negotiate everyday difficulties and challenges. Parental support will be solicited and encouraged to ensure that program participants are given the diverse support necessary to overcome the many obstacles and detours one frequently encounters on the road to success.  

Eligibility requirements: Students must have completed the 8th grade, be between the ages of 13 and 19, currently perform at the overall C or D grade level, and have a demonstrable need for (and willingness to engage in) academic support. Specific program requirements entail the completion of 60 days of classroom instruction during the academic year and ten days during the summer component. Students are selected based on recommendations from local educators, social workers, clergy, or other interested parties.

Information: Michael G. Neita, Director, 718-570-0354
Direct: 718-997-3165  



 Office Information


Office: 01 Honors Hall
Telephone: 718-997-3165
Fax: 718-997-3159



Michael G. Neita
(718) 997-3165
Director of Upward Bound 

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