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WKU offices in Bowling Green will open at 10 a.m. Friday. Classes Friday remain canceled and campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox remain closed Friday. Saturday classes in Bowling Green will proceed as scheduled. Here is a link to the University’s attendance policy during adverse weather conditions. Use caution and watch for slick spots on roads and walks. 

Residence Halls remain open until noon Saturday. Bemis & Barnes have space for those who need to stay longer. Visit WKU Housing & Residence Life for more information.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for Wednesday night were canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

Program Overview

Program Overview

Upward Bound (UB) is designed for high school students who are interested in attending college or vocational school after high school graduation. The activities and services provided to students are geared toward successful completion of high school, acceptance/enrollment in college, and SUCCESSFUL completion of college.

The program consists of three distinct parts: the academic year (September-May), the summer residential program, and the bridge program. Each month throughout the academic year UB staff visit the individual high schools and meet with participants in a small group setting or one on one. Topics covered include classroom and grade concerns/success, ACT registration, test-taking skills, study skills, and college and financial aid information. One Saturday per month students are bused to WKU for speaker presentations, workshops on ACT, college life, financial aid, and other topics of interest. Cultural/social activities, such as attending a play or a movie, roller skating, or bowling, usually take place Saturday afternoons.

The summer residential program takes place six weeks during June and July. Students live in a WKU residence hall and attend academic classes Monday through Thursday in math, English, science, foreign language, and reading/literature. Fridays are used for cultural/social activities in Bowling Green, Nashville, or other cities within a day’s drive of WKU.  In addition to classes and Friday activities, students take an afternoon class of topical interest, have recreation time in WKU’s athletic facility, have study/tutor time, and participate in a nightly activity which will range from a baseball game in Nashville to a movie in Bowling Green. The students who maintain a certain grade point average(gpa) in summer UB classes can choose to take a three-day, two night trip at the end of the summer with the group to a large city such as Atlanta, Chicago, St.Louis, Washington, DC, etc.

The bridge program is for graduated UB students. After a student graduates from his/her high school in May, he/she can take two college classes at WKU. The students will apply for financial aid for the summer term and any expenses not paid through financial aid will be paid for by UB. Bridge students are WKU freshmen and do not participate in all UB activities.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14