About CUB

What is Classic Upward Bound?

Classic Upward Bound (CUB) is a college preparatory program co-funded by the United States Department of Education and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). It is designed to empower program participants with the academic skills and motivation necessary to be successful in high school and to ultimately complete college.

Who can participate in Upward Bound?

The U.S. Department of Education requires that at least two-thirds of program participants come from a low-income and first-generation family (neither parent has a four-year degree). The other one-third of participants must come from either a low-income or first-generation family.

All selected students must have demonstrated a "potential for completing a college education" as measured by standardized tests, high school grades, and written recommendations from a school administrator, counselor, or teacher. Any student who meets the above criteria and has completed the eighth grade or is currently enrolled in the ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade in the Waterloo Community School District may become Classic Upward Bound scholars.

How do you apply?

You can obtain an application from the CUB office located in the UNI-CUE, 800 Sycamore Street, Waterloo, from your school counselor, or you may print off the application form from this website by clicking here. Complete all forms carefully and return the application, along with a copy of your transcript, to the Classic Upward Bound office. Once all documents are received, and if you meet the participant criteria, you will be contacted and informed of the next step in the process. To access the application form and a list of application materials, click on the follwing link: Classic Upward Bound Application Materials

What is the purpose of Classic Upward Bound?

The purpose of the Classic Upward Bound program is to promote students' awareness of the possibility of furthering their education beyond high school and to help students become more aware of their self-worth, uniqueness, culture, and individual creativity.