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Academic Year Services


TRIO/Upward Bound
Sattgast Hall, Third Floor

Phone: (218) 755-2092
Fax: (218) 755-4208

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #19
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907

Academic Year Services

TRiO/Upward Bound staff work with students throughout the academic school year to make sure they are successful in their academic endeavors at their school.

Scholastic Advising

Upward Bound Staff visit each high school twice a month to meet individually with students to discuss their academic progress. Through assessments and these school visits, Upward Bound staff work with students to develop skills that will help them be successful in both high school and education or training after graduation.


Tutoring services are available to Upward Bound participants at their high school.

MCA Testing

MCA preparation workshops help Upward Bound students perform better on writing, reading and math assessments.

ACT Preparation

ACT preparation classes help Upward Bound students perform better on the ACT exam.  Upward Bound students can take the ACT up to two times at no cost.

MState College Visit


College Tours

To help students with the college selection process, we provide opportunities to tour various campuses and visit with staff and students to learn about different schools and the programs they offer.


Saturday Back to Campus

During the academic year students meet at the BSU campus one Saturday a month to participate in academic workshops or community services followed by social or cultural activities. Upward Bound students attend concerts and plays, visit museums and art exhibits, and participate in recreational activities.


Upward Bound Students receive monthly stipends based on grades, school attendance, and program participation.

College Application

Upward Bound staff guide students through the various steps of the college application process.  Upward Bound pays for two college application fees.  Students also receive guidance in completing Financial Aid applications and searching for scholarships.

Mentoring Program

The mentoring program provides Upward Bound students the opportunity to meet with current college students to talk about college and student life.  Mentors lead activities at back-to-campus events, contact students on a regular basis to check on their academics, and are available to answer questions students have about college.