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Upward Bound

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Northern Vermont University can help you chart your course to a college degree with the Upward Bound program, run on both our Johnson and Lyndon campuses.

For decades, we’ve helped high school students through Upward Bound, a college-preparation program that offers free educational, cultural, and social activities, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is open to eligible high school students from low- or modest-income families who will be the first in their family to attend college.

Upward Bound, created in 1965, is one of the federal programs that support educational opportunities for Americans regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic circumstances.

At both the Lyndon and Johnson campuses, Upward Bound includes:

  • A six-week summer program in which you’ll live on campus, take classes and participate in other academic-preparation activities, and go on college tours
  • Community service projects
  • Year-round academic and career advising
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills
  • Fee waivers for AP and SAT exams and college applications
  • SAT exam preparation
  • Help completing financial aid and scholarship applications


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Northern Vermont University will join with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023. Learn more and apply for fall 2023.

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