Welcome to TRIO Upward Bound Grand Rapids!

We're glad you're here.

The GVSU TRIO Upward Bound (UB) Grand Rapids program is designed to assist high school students from traditionally underserved backgrounds reach their potential by earning a college degree. UB serves high school students from low-income families and who are first-generation college students (their parents did not graduate from college with a bachelor's degree), and primarily supports students at Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) Innovation Central and Union High Schools. 

We're here to help students build the academic skills, motivation, and self-confidence they need for success in a college setting. How do we do this? We do this by providing fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance, including a variety of services.

UB Grand Rapids provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their high school performance, and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. What are you waiting for?

providing opportunities to succeed in high school and higher education pursuits

We provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. All services are provided at no cost to participants.

  • Academic advising
  • College preparatory curriculum
  • Community service experiences
  • Cultural activities
  • SAT test preparation
  • Tutoring

As part of TRIO Upward Bound Grand Rapids, participants may be involved in a number of activities depending on the student's grade, including professional development, conferences, internships, and community involvement

Learn more about what to expect as a student in our programs during the academic year and through the summer

An individual is eligible to participate with the GVSU TRIO Upward Bound Grand Rapids program if the individual meets all of the participant requirements. Participants should be enrolled in (or plan to enroll in) Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) Innovation Central High School or Union High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, be potentially a first-generation college student, and/or meet the income guidelines.

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A group of students posing in front of a collection of garbage recently cleaned up

Page last modified November 18, 2022