Apply to UB!

Are you interested in becoming an Upward Bound student?

If yes, you’ve come to the right place! Upward Bound typically recruits students between the months of October through March, though potential students are welcomed to apply outside of this timeline. This page will tell you everything you need to do to successfully apply to the UMaine Upward Bound program.  

Step-by-Step instructions for applying to Upward Bound

  • Students must complete the Reference Request Form 
    • This is the first step in the UB application process. We ask that students submit information for three (3) reference, specifically a Guidance/School counselor, a Math/English teacher, and a personal reference (excluding family).
    • Once this form is completed, the Upward Bound staff will reach out to complete these references.
  • Students AND parent(s)/guardian(s) must complete the Student Application Form
    • Students should complete the first part of the application themselves, this includes the student questionnaire, and a short essay.
      • Essay: This is to learn about the student and their writing ability. It is recommended that at least 3 paragraphs be completed, but this essay is not a graded material.
    • Parent(s)/guardian(s) must complete the parent/guardian information and questionnaire section, as well as the financial information section.
    • The student and parent/guardian must both sign and provide consent in the last section to finish the application.
  • Once both of the above forms are submitted, the student will meet with an Upward Bound academic counselor to complete a Student Interview. This interview is the last step in the application process, and is typically done at the student’s school. 

Not sure about applying yet?

If you are still unsure about applying, the Upward Bound staff readily welcomes phone calls, emails, or Zoom calls to talk more about what it means to be an Upward Bound participant. If you have any questions, please call UMaine Upward Bound at 1-800-581-2522, or reach out to us via email at