Frequently Asked Questions

What is Classic Upward Bound?

Classic Upward Bound (CUB) is a pre-college program co-funded by the U. S. Department of Education and the University of Northern Iowa. CUB is designed to empower program participants with the academic skills and motivation necessary for students to be successful in high school and ultimately complete college.

What does CUB offer?

CUB is divided into two components: the academic year program and the summer program. During the academic year program, students receive tutoring in their high school subjects, basic skills instruction, academic advising and counseling. During the summer, CUB students spend six weeks on the University of Northern Iowa campus, where they are housed in a closely-supervised college dormitory. All students receive daily instruction in challenging classes designed to strengthen each student's academic skills.

In addition to academic services, CUB students participate in recreational, cultural and other educational activities during both the summer and academic year.

What does Upward Bound cost?

CUB academic and counseling services are provided absolutely free to program participants, including costs for room and board during the six-week summer program.

How successful has the CUB program been?

There are over 500 Upward Bound Programs in the United States today. Research studies have shown that nationally, over 70% of CUB students finish high school and enter college. This compares with only 40% of non-CUB students who do the same. The University of Northern Iowa CUB Program currently has a 100% high school completion rate and over 90% college placement rate.

Who supervises CUB students when they are away from home?

CUB students are supervised by adult trained teachers, counselors, and para-professionals at all CUB activities. Rules of conduct for students are strict and students who violate these rules are dismissed from the program.

Who may apply?

Any student who has completed the 8th grade or are currently in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade in the Waterloo Community School District may apply.

To be admitted, the U. S. Department of Education guidelines requires a student to be from a low-income family in which neither the mother or father has a four-year college degree. In addition, students must have demonstrated "potential for college" as measured by standardized tests, school grades, and/or recommendations from a school administrator, counselor, or teacher.

Applications are accepted at any time during the academic year. However, it is wise to return your application as soon as possible, because enrollment is limited to 76 students during the academic year and 60 in the summer. After the program has reached its maximum enrollment, all other eligible applicants are placed on a waiting list and accepted into the program if space becomes available.