Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. 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 post secondary education.

Upward Bound projects provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.

To Our Students

Welcome to the Florida National University Upward Bound Program! We see this program as an exceptional opportunity for you to develop your potential and we want you to take full advantage of that opportunity. As with any program there will be some expectations which are necessary to insure an orderly atmosphere in which educational work can be conducted and personal growth enhanced.

We look forward to working with you. Remember that we are here for YOUR benefit. We want to help as you prepare for college and adulthood, so don’t hesitate to call on us.

Mission Statement

Florida National University Upward Bound Program is designed to increase the academic skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of post-secondary education.

Admission Requirements:

Students must be:

  • 9th & 10th Grade
  • With a GPA lower than 2.5
  • With parents that do not have a college degree
  • From low income families

South Campus Upward Bound serves:

  • Miami Coral Park
  • Ferguson
  • Felix Varela
  • G. Holmes Braddock
  • Miami South Ridge

Location: Florida National University South Campus

11865 SW 26 ST UNIT H-3

Miami FL 33175

Phone: (305) 226-9999 ext 1343

Fax: (305) 226-4439


Staff: Caridad Sanchez, Director


Heydi Fernandez-Ruiz, Assistant Director


Amarilis Gutierrez, Secretary


Hialeah Training Center Upward Bound serves:

  • Miami Spring
  • Hialeah Miami Lakes
  • Hialeah High
  • Westland
  • Barbara Goleman

Location: Florida National University– HialeahTraining Center

4206 W 12 AVE

Hialeah, FL 33012

Phone: (305) 231-3326 ext 1215

Phone: (305) 231-3326 ext 1218

Fax: (305) 819- 9616


Staff: Henry Fernandez, Director


AilylenCucidor, Secretary