Nationwide, Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
In 1965, being the charter TRIO initiative, 17 Upward Bound programs enrolled 2,061 participants. Since 1964 more than 2 million students have participated in Upward Bound. Today, 964 programs are funded with more than 80,000 students participating.
The Regular Upward Bound project out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln serves +63 students from these three Lincoln Public high schools: Lincoln High, North Star, and Northeast.
In the summer of 2014, this well-established program celebrated its 50th anniversary.