Every summer high school students from the Lansing School District who participate in the MSU Upward Bound program participate in a six-week summer program that is designed to give participants a college-like experience.

Every summer high school students from the Lansing School District who participate in the MSU Upward Bound program participate in a six-week summer program that is designed to give participants a college-like experience. 

Over the course of the six weeks, students take composition and literature, math, laboratory science, Spanish, careers and service learning.  In addition to the work the students do in class, they also participate in a variety of field trips and other outside planned activities that provide additional enrichment.  Mentoring and other intensive science and math opportunities are also provided locally and regionally.

The program differs from the regular school year in that students enjoy a full-day program with four classes in the morning and two classes in the afternoon.  Students also attend a work-study program in the afternoon where they can learn from professionals, as well as earn money.

Near the end of the program, students have the opportunity to show off their work at the Academic Showcase event.  This year’s event was held on Friday, July 25 at the Kellogg Center.  This photo album highlights the posters and projects that the students completed this year.

During the last week of the summer program, eligible students take an annual study trip to gain cultural experiences.  This year the students visited New York City where they visited a variety of colleges, universities and museums and learned about the city’s history.  Past trips have been to destinations such as Puerto Rico, Ohio, Canada, Alabama, Georgia and Illinois.

The MSU Upward Bound program is a part of the Trio Programs established by the U.S. Congress as the Higher Education Act of 1965. For nearly 50 years this federally funded program has provided academic enrichment to hundreds of high school youth in the Lansing area from low-income families and or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.

Visit the MSU Upward Bound website for more information about this program.