Since 1979, North Shore Upward Bound has successfully helped thousands of Lynn students earn a college degree and improve their lives and the lives of their families through academic enrichment, cultural activities, tutoring, guidance, and academic/career advising. If you or a student you know could benefit from this free, federally funded college prep program, please click on one of the links to get started. 

Upward Bound Overview

The North Shore Upward Bound program is one of over 900 Upward Bound programs across the nation that help eligible high school students achieve their goals of graduating high school and continuing on to earn a college degree. The students that Upward Bound serves must be first generation potential college students (neither parent/guardian has earned a bachelor's degree) and/or come from low-income families (with incomes at or below 150% of federal poverty line). 

More on Upward Bound eligibility

A federal TRIO program, North Shore Upward Bound is 100% funded by the US Department of Education through a competitive grant competition every five years. Upward Bound at North Shore Community College was first funded in 1979, and hosted the first summer program in 1980. Since then, the program has helped thousands of Lynn students successfully complete high school and continue on to obtain a college degree.

The purpose of North Shore Upward Bound (UB) is to provide our high school students with the support, resources, skills and opportunities to succeed in high school to prepare them to successfully pursue and complete a college education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which our students complete high school and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

North Shore Upward Bound serves 84 students in Lynn with three target high schools; Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, Lynn English and Lynn Classical.

How can I refer a student to Upward Bound?

Teachers, community members, friends and families are encouraged to refer students who attend one of North Shore UB’s target high schools to the program. Please include the student’s name, grade and high school in your referral. Each student referred will be invited to the next Upward Bound presentation/event at his/her high school. UB does not disclose the name of the person who referred the student. To refer a student, please send an email to: 

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