Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS)

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Making STEM Accessible to All Students

The TRIO Upward Bound Math – Science Program of the University of Pennsylvania aims to strengthen the educational, scientific and cultural foundations of highly motivated high school students from low-income and/or first-generation-to-college backgrounds with the goal of enhancing their ability to matriculate into competitive STEM college and university majors.

Academic Year Program

The Academic Year program concentrates on strengthening students’ math and science skills through instruction, field trips, STEM competitions, and more through in-person and virtual program components.

Who Can Apply?

Participating High Schools

Students from these high schools are eligible to apply for Upward Bound Math Science at Penn:

  • Overbrook
  • High School of the Future

Students with a strong interest in math and/or science and also with a strong commitment to their education are a great fit for the Upward Bound Math – Science program. Those who are highly motivated in their pursuit of attaining a college educational and succeeding in their career and professional goals are encouraged to apply.


Qualifications to join the program include:

  • Attend one of Upward Bound’s participating high schools
  • In 9th or 10th grade when they apply
  • Low – income and/or first-generation-to-college
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher
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About Upward Bound Math Science

The Upward Bound program is funded by the U. S. Department of Education, under Title IV of the Higher Education Act known as TRIO program, to serve 105 students. The program is administered under the Vice Provost for Student Engagement.

The program seeks students who are committed to their education and who are highly motivated in their pursuit of attaining a college education and achieving their career and professional goals. Our Academic Year and Summer Programs are rigorous, designed to motivate and prepare students for post secondary education.