Success through commitment

Students doing experiments in a lab.Upward Bound Classic is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide services to 62 greater Fort Smith area 9th-12th grade students. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith was first awarded this grant in the Fall 2003 and became fully operational by Summer 2004. To date, this program has provided services to almost 200 students.

The purpose of the Upward Bound Classic program is to provide students with the skills and inspiration they need to be successful in high school and then to continue on to higher education. Upward Bound Classic is a year-round program for motivated students with academic potential who want to continue their educations after high school. Upward Bound Classic provides the following services to students:



  • Weekly academic tutoring
  • Test preparation workshops
  • Leadership development
  • Laptop and equipment loans
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Financial aid and college application assistance
  • College visitation trips
  • Career exploration
  • Internships
  • Academic counseling
  • Six-week summer academy

“Upward Bound is an academic program which assists a diverse population of motivated, income-eligible, and potentially first generation high school students to achieve their goals of reaching and succeeding in post-secondary education.”


Upward Bound Classic Mission

Upward Bound Classic provides ongoing assistance and encouragement to students in their preparation for furthering education beyond high school graduation. The program provides opportunities for students to excel in their performance in high school and ultimately in their pursuit of higher education. Upward Bound Classic serves high school students whose families meet the Department of Education’s income guidelines, and/or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The mission of Upward Bound Classic is to increase the rates at which students enroll in and graduate from institutions of higher education.


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