In addition to the academic year component, the Grand Valley TRiO Upward Bound Program has a six-week, summer residential component where the students reside on the Grand Valley State University - Allendale Campus during the months of June and July. Students must complete the ninth grade and participate in the academic year component in order to be eligible. During the summer, students live in an environment much like the one they will experience when they are in college. Students will take classes, work in internships, and take trips that are cultural and educational in nature. In addition to the academic experience, students will have an opportunity to meet and live with other students who are also college bound.
Students reside in one of the campus residential halls or living centers. They will share a room with another student. All of the UB students reside in the same building. There are tutors/counselors who supervise, tutor, advise, and reside in the building with the students along with the director and the assistant director of the program.
Students receive a Grand Valley I.D. card, which is used in the cafeteria. Students have a daily schedule that is followed with defined meal times. The students go to the main cafeteria, show their I.D. and are able to select their meal from a wide variety of choices. The meals served meet the Federal Food and Nutrition Program guidelines.
Students will experience many cultural activities. Field trips have included the Van Andel Museum, Frederick Meijer Gardens, research on the W.G. Jackson boat, orienteering and map reading, Howard Christensen Nature Center, Bailey's Grove Construction and Planning, Metropolitan Hospital, MDOT S-Curve Project Tour, and Grand River Expedition 2000. Students also experience travel to places like Washington D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, and Toronto during the summer program.
Students have access to all that the Fieldhouse located here at Grand Valley has to offer. There are basketball, tennis, racquetball, volleyball, and badminton courts. The facility also includes a swimming pool, weight machines, indoor and outdoor track, and a climbing center.
The academic classes are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. Students then have dinner and free time before they head to the tutoring lab at 8:00 p.m. Subjects taught are English, math, science, computers, and language. During the day students also serve as an interns in an office here on campus. The class sizes are kept small and are designed so that there are plenty of opportunities for student involvement, hands-on experiences, and close supervision of their progress.