Lyndon Upward Bound

Lyndon Upward Bound

Explore the Possibilities with NVU-Lyndon's Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education that is committed to providing modest-income first-generation college bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school.

Our program works with 70 area high school students from the Northeast Kingdom and Northern New Hampshire who are required to meet one of the two following criteria: they will be the first in their family to graduate from college, or they are from a low-to-moderate income family. Two thirds of our students must meet both of these requirements.

Upward Bound students spend six weeks of the summer on Lyndon’s campus. Our students have four hours of college preparatory course work during the mornings, three hours of volunteer work in our community each afternoon, and spend evenings engaged in a variety of activities designed to expand their educational opportunities and promote cultural and inter-personal growth to further prepare them for post-secondary education.

NVU-Lyndon Upward Bound will provide:

  • Intensive instruction in college preparatory academic skills
  • Guidance and counseling with regard to educational and career opportunities
  • Assistance with college planning including financial aid, college applications, college tours and SAT preparation
  • A comprehensive counseling and enrichment program for the purpose of developing creative thinking, effective expression, and positive attitudes toward learning
  • Chromebooks, AP, Dual Enrollment, and SAT fee waivers, and a $100 monthly stipend

Upward Bound is a FREE program for students and families. Learn more about what we do and how to participate below, and check out our May 2021 newsletter or visit our website at