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The Upward Bound Program at New Mexico State University is a federally funded, year round college preparatory program serving ninety (90) eligible high school students
from the Gadsden Independent School District (GISD) and Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS).


The mission of the NMSU TRIO Upward Bound Program is to assist students from the Gadsden Independent School District and Las Cruces Public Schools to successfully complete their secondary and post-secondary education.


The purpose of the Upward Bound (UB) Program is to generate in program participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of post-secondary education.

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.
The Program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and
ultimately in higher education pursuits.  Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families,
and/or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a Bachelor’s degree.


The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.


The New Mexico State University TRIO Upward Bound Program is 100% funded through a grant by the U.S. Department of Education under the Higher Education Act of 1965.