Upward Bound Classic (UB Classic)
Upward Bound Classic (UB Classic) 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 a higher education. UB Classic is offered at Perris, Rubidoux and Moreno Valley High School. While it emphasizes academics, the program also includes fun enrichment activities for participants. Funded by a U.S. Dept. of Education grant, UB Classic provides all of its programs and services for free and pays for any trip-related expenses. All UB Classic 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 Classic Free Services
One-on-One Academic Advising
Counselors meet with UB Classic participants to review their transcripts to make sure that they are taking the classes that will fulfill the A-G 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.
California College Tour
In the summer, a select group of participants go on a three-day trip through Northern California for college tours and cultural activities. UB Classic provides transportation, food, lodging and any fees associated with the trip.
Participants take field trips to Sea World, Knott's Berry Farm and other attractions around Southern California. Transportation and expenses are covered.
One Saturday each month, participants are bused from their high school to UC Riverside for classes in the morning and enrichment activities in the afternoon. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
UB Classic'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 UC Riverside, Monday through Thursday, for class. Fridays are reserved for activities and field trips. During the last two weeks, participants take academic enrichment courses. A stipend is provided to program participants.
After School Tutoring/Study Hall
UC Riverside college students provide free tutoring after school several times a week at all participating high schools.
UB Classic sends out a newsletter each month reminding participants and their parents about important deadlines and upcoming events. The newsletter also includes tips.
UB Classic recruits students from:
- Moreno Valley High School
- Perris High School
- Rubidoux High School
Interested in applying? Be sure that:
- UB Classic is currently recruiting at your school.
- You are a freshman or sophomore.
- You are interested in pursuing a higher education.
- You have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 in academic classes.
- You are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- You meet federal low-income guidelines and/or neither one of your parents/guardians have a college degree. (Two-thirds of UB Classic students must be both low-income and first-generation. The remaining one-third can be either low-income or first-generation.)
Participating High Schools