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Upward Bound

Upward Bound is an intensive intervention program that prepares students for higher education through various enrichment courses. Campus-based UB programs provide students instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science, and foreign language during the school year and the summer. UB also provides intensive mentoring and support for students as they prepare for college entrance exams and tackle admission applications, financial aid, and scholarship forms. More than 70,000 students are being served by 956 Upward Bound projects. Recent analysis from the U.S. Department of Education showed that 86 percent of Upward Bound students in the 2013–14 high school graduation cohort enrolled immediately in college following high school graduation.

Ouachita Baptist University’s TRIO Upward Bound serves 88 students at nine target area schools.

Target Area Schools

Arkadelphia High
Bearden High
Blevins High
Camden High
Centerpoint High
Gurdon High
Malvern High
Prescott High

Services provided to TRIO Upward Bound participants:

  • Assistance in completing admissions and financial aid applications
  • Bridge program for high school graduates
  • Counseling
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Intensive summer residential component at Ouachita Baptist University
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring

TRIO Upward Bound
Lile Hall 140
OBU Box 3766
Arkadelphia, AR 71998
870-245-5158 phone
870-245-5165 fax



Terrence Carter

Mr. Terrence Carter
Classic Upward Bound Director

Destiny Graves

Destiny Graves
Academic Advisor

Tavarus McIntosh

Tavarus McIntosh
Student Relations Coordinator

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