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How to Apply


Students who meet the following criteria are given priority for selection:
  1. U. S. citizen or permanent resident
  2. Low-income or First-generation as defined by the U.S. Department of Education
  3. College-bound Freshman or Sophomore enrolled at Green Bay East, Preble, Southwest or West High School
  4. 2.5 GPA or higher (students have been accepted with lower GPAs - based on a full application review and interview)
  5. Need for assistance with college preparation
  6. Willingness and ability to make the time commitment to participate fully in all that Upward Bound offers from the time of acceptance through high school graduation

Who Can Apply

UW-Green Bay Upward Bound currently serves eighty (80) students per year. Applications for new participants are generally accepted during the second semester of each school year in anticipation of replacing graduating seniors for the coming school year. However, students can apply at anytime. Upward Bound uses a rolling enrollment practice accepting students for active participation as spots become available. Students not selected for immediate participation are added to the wait list until space becomes available. Graduating 8th graders who will be attending Green Bay East, Preble, Southwest, or West High School in the fall are eligible to apply as well during that time. Rising 9th graders participate in a transitional bridge program during the summer session.

Access For All

Upward Bound does not discriminate in any manner on the basis of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin, age, or disability in its selection process.


Online Student Application Process


  1. Step 1: Student Application for Enrollment in UWGB Upward Bound Program

  2. Step 2: Student Self-Assessment (survey included on the application).

  3. Step 3: Application Essay

  4. In the Essay, we would like to give you the opportunity to tell us about yourself.
    We are asking you to provide us with a well-written and detailed essay - use correct
    grammar and spelling.
    The use of the first person - I, me, etc. - is acceptable.
    We use this essay to get a glimpse of who you are as a person, so use
    your own voice and express yourself! Include the following:
    • Tell us why you want to participate in Upward Bound
    • Include your future educational plans and careers that interest you
    • Provide any additional information that may be relevant to our decision in choosing you as a participant
    You can type your essay directly into the online form. --OR-- you can write it out ahead of time, by typing the essay in either Word or Google Drive, and then copy and paste it into the online form.

    You can type your essay directly into the online form.
    Or you can write it out ahead of time, by typing the essay in
    either Word or Google Drive, and then copy and paste
    it into the online form.
  5. Step 4: Your References

    Your first reference can be a teacher or counselor who can comment on your academic performance.
    Your second reference will need to come from a parent/gaurdain who can comment on your academic performance and home study environment.
    Steps 1, 2, and 3: Student Application, Self Assessment, and Essay Applying Student - BEGIN HERE!
    Allow enough time - the application will take 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
    Everything must be completed in 1 session, you cannot save and come back.
    Preparing you essay ahead of time will really help!
    Step 4.1: To Be Used by an Academic Reference - using the online E-form is Preferred!
    Academic: Science, Math, Other Teacher, or Counselor ___ (PDF Version)
    Step 4.2: To Be Used by the Parent/Guardian Reference - using the online E-form is Preferred!
    Parent/Guardian: Science, Math, Other Teacher, or Counselor ___ (PDF Version)
  6. That’s it! For the online portion.
    However, we need three more things MAILED or EMAILED
    before your application is complete.

    scan/email to

    print/sign/mail to:

    UW-Green Bay
    Upward Bound
    TRIO SS 1721
    2420 Nicolet Drive
    Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

  7. Step 5: Additional Documents

    1. An unofficial copy of your latest transcript – This may be obtained from your school counselor or guidance office.
    3. The Eligibility Verification Form – (Education/Income Verification Form).
      Your parent or guardian must complete and sign this form. A copy of the 2020 Federal 1040 tax return on
      which you were claimed must be included with the verification form. Check the form itself for more information.
      DO NOT Scan/Email this form - RETURN ONLY by POSTAL MAIL or DROP OFF!

    Staff Review Team