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About Classic Upward Bound

Classic Upward Bound is a federally funded program whose goal is to motivate and provide academic assistance to eligible high school students who show promise for success in education beyond high school.

Located on the campus of Norfolk State University, the Classic Upward Bound Program has two phases, a summer phase and an academic year phase. During the summer, students come back and forth to campus the first three weeks, stay on campus for two weeks, and have a travel week where they visit different college campuses. The entire six weeks they receive intensive classroom instructions to prepare them for the upcoming school year. During the academic year phase, students attend sessions on Saturdays and receive individualized tutorial instructions designed to enrich their performance in high school classes.

The program is offered to ninth through twelfth grade students who reside in Norfolk and Suffolk. Selected students shall show potential for success in a two or four-year College, but because of inadequate educational preparation, admission to such an institute would be difficult without the benefit of Classic Upward Bound.

The faculty consists of local high school teachers and Norfolk State University faculty, who also provide workshops and seminars. Norfolk State students work as tutor-counselors for the program. They assist the instructors in the classroom and communicate with the Classic Upward Bound students on a more personal basis.

Eligible Participants Must:

  • meet the income eligibility criterion established by Federal Guidelines
  • be a potential first-generation college bound student (neither of whose parent(s) received a baccalaureate degree)
  • be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, or the beginning of the 11th grade, enrolled in one of the target area high schools
  • be a citizen or national of the United States
  • reside in Norfolk or Suffolk and zoned for the target schools
  • have a need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of study in education beyond high school

Source of Funding

TRIO Upward Bound Program is funded by the Federal Government through the U. S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202. The Classic Upward Bound Program at Norfolk State University has been funded for five years from 2018 through 2023.

Services Provided

Academic Services

Academic services provided by the program include classroom instructions and tutorial assistance in English, reading, mathematics, science and laboratory science, foreign language, social studies and elective classes.

College Tours & Cultural Enrichment

Field trips are provided to increase students' awareness of their environment and college admissions' requirements.


Transportation to and from College Tours, special activities, and Cultural Enrichment activities is provided for participants by the Classic Upward Bound Program.

Guidance & Counseling Services

These are provided to assist students in making educational and career decisions.


Stipends are given for program participation each Saturday during the academic year and for the days attended during the Summer Component. In order to receive the stipend, the participant must show evidence of satisfactory participation in program activities to include: regular attendance and improve academic performance. The stipend is $10 for every session attended.

Target Schools

  • Norfolk, VA
    • Booker T. 
    • Lake Taylor
  • Suffolk, VA
    • Kings Fork