Steps to Apply
Complete the full application and required forms

1 - Application
2 - Two Letters of Recommendation
3 - Student Questionnaire (Included with the application)
4 - Tax Information (income tax return)
5-  Your Latest transcript and test scores

Submit your completed application and all required forms to the Upward Bound office in D-114 at PCC.

Admissions Interview

After your complete application is reviewed, you and a parent or legal guardian will be invited for an interview to determine if you are accepted into the program.


Oronne Nwaneri: Director, Upward Bound PUSD

Posted Nov 29, 2017
By Asha Smith

Pasadena resident Oronne Nwaneri was born and raised in South Los Angeles. She has worked in Student Affairs for 9 years and currently serves as the Project Director for Upward Bound at Pasadena City College.

Oronne, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants has been at PCC for three months and she is sincere about wanting to help guide students who really need to be helped go in the right direction.

In our interview, Oronne stressed the need for students to enter and complete the program, because it is sure to expose them to success.

Upward Bound is a federally funded educational program within the United States. The program is one of a cluster of programs now referred to as TRIO, all of which owe their existence to the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (the War on Poverty Program) and the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Upward Bound programs are implemented and monitored by the United States Department of Education. The goal of Upward Bound is to provide certain categories of high school students better opportunities for attending college. The categories of greatest concern are those with low income, those with parents who did not attend college, and those living in rural areas.

The program works through individual grants, each of which covers a restricted geographic area and provides services to approximately 50 to 100 students annually.

​Upward Bound is a program for high school students who may need assistance to do well in high school and get into college. It is part of TRIO, a group of student-outreach programs funded by the federal government.