Upward Bound Oasis (UB Oasis)
Upward Bound Oasis (UB Oasis) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) is designed to help low-income high school students and potential first-generation college students succeed in high school and pursue higher education. UB Oasis is offered at Banning, Ramona and Norte Vista High Schools. Although it emphasizes academics, the program also includes fun enrichment activities for participants. Funded by a U.S. Dept. of Education grant, all of UB Oasis programs and services are free and all expenses are covered. All UB Oasis programs and services are designed to motivate, encourage, and prepare students to graduate from high school and continue on to pursue their postsecondary education.
UB Oasis Free Services
One-on-One Academic Advising
UB counselors meet with participants and review their transcript to make sure they are taking classes that fulfill the entrance requirements set by the University of California and the California State University systems. Counselors also remind participants about important deadlines (SAT/ACT, college admissions, financial aid, etc.), and offer assistance when parents/ participants fill out college admission and financial aid forms.
College Campus Visits
During the academic year, participants tour colleges in and around Southern California. Most tours also include a presentation where college students share their experiences.
Northern California Tour
In the summer, a select group of UB participants go on a three-day trip through Northern California for college tours and cultural activities. UB provides transportation, food, lodging and fees associated with the trip.
UB takes participants on field trips to Sea World, Knott's Berry Farm and other attractions around Southern California. Upward Bound pays for transportation and other expenses.
One Saturday each month, participants are bused from their high school to UCR for supplemental instruction classes in the morning and enrichment activities in the afternoon. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
UB's summer session is an intensive six-week program that lets participants experience college life. For four weeks, participants are bused from their high schools to UCR, Monday- Thursday for class. Fridays are reserved for activities or field trips. The last two weeks, participants take academic enrichment courses. A stipend is provided to program participants.
After School Tutoring/Study Hall
UCR college students provide free tutoring after school several times a week at all participating high schools.
UB sends out a newsletter each month reminding participants and their parents about important deadlines and upcoming events. The newsletter also included tips to help guide participants through the college process.
UB Oasis recruits students from:
- Banning High School
- Ramona High School
- Norte Vista High School
Interested in applying? Be sure that you:
- Are interested in pursuing a higher education
- Have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 in academic classes
- Attend a school where the program is offered
- Come from a low-income household, and/or be a potential first-generation college student, meaning neither parent has a college degree
- Participating High Schools