TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound (TRIO UB) is an academic and college preparatory program funded by the US Department of Education. The purpose of TRIO UB is to develop the skills and motivation necessary for students to successfully complete high school and to enter and succeed in college. While there are hundreds of TRIO Upward Bound programs across the nation, this specific program is housed at University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). We are currently funded to serve 118 Minneapolis 9-12th graders from Edison Sr. High School, North Senior Academy, Patrick Henry High School, and South High School. TRIO UB at the University of Minnesota has served Minneapolis high school youth and families since 1966.

More information on how to apply.

Watch this video for an overview of the program.


TRIO Upward Bound staff

TRIO Upward Bound
40 Education Sciences Building
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-3021
Fax: 612-625-0704

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University of Minnesota Twin Cities TRIO Upward Bound staff

TRIO UB services

TRIO UB provides intensive, year-round academic services and enrichment activities to prepare students holistically for success in college.

Learn more about TRIO Upward Bound through these alumni videos.

View our current newsletter (PDF) and the Upward Bound brochure (PDF) to learn more.

Academic Year - Program Services (October – May)

  • Tutoring intervention services Monday – Thursday
  • Four non-credit academic courses by grade
  • Student & parent educational workshops and meetings
  • Leadership and cultural capital skill building activities
  • College access and readiness advising
  • In-school advocacy
  • Local college and university tours

Summer program services (June - August)

Employment opportunities

Are you interested in teaching, tutoring, or mentoring youth? Apply for a job working with TRIO Upward Bound students!

Latest TRIO Upward Bound news

The UMN Upward Bound program grant, which started in 1966, has been renewed for another 5 years, until 2029! We are excited to continue serving the students of Minneapolis and helping them reach their goal of graduating from college!

View the 2023-24 TRIO Upward Bound program calendar (PDF).