Atlanta Metropolitan State College
OUR HIGH SCHOOL IS NOT LISTED, SO MAY I STILL BE CONSIDERED?
Unfortunately, you may not apply for the AMSC Upward Bound program if you do not attend one of the thirteen target schools. Schools are selected based on "need" and are the only schools that can be served by the program.
HOW DOES A STUDENT APPLY FOR ADMISSION?
Students must complete an AMSC Upward Bound application in order to apply. To find a downloadable pdf version of the application and application instructions, go to the Upward Bound: Fulton, Clayton and West Clayton page and click on the application link.
IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE?
No, there is no fee associated with applying for AMSC's Upward Bound program.
ONCE A STUDENT BEGINS THE PROGRAM, DOES THE STUDENT NEED TO REAPPLY EACH YEAR?
No, you only need to apply once when you first join the program. However, there is necessary paperwork that must be completed each year in order to participate in the program.
HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE SELECTED EACH YEAR?
Yearly selection is based on program vacancies. We are funded to serve 85 students from the targeted Fulton County Schools and a total of 100 students from the targeted Clayton County Schools.
WHAT KIND OF COMMITMENTS MUST STUDENTS AND FAMILIES MAKE IF THEY WISH TO APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?
In order to be part of AMSC's Upward Bound program, students need to commit to the following:
1. Attend school (scheduled classes, labs, etc.) regularly.
2. Be enrolled in college preparatory courses each semester that will make them eligible for admission to state institutions of postsecondary education.
3. Maintain satisfactory academic progress in all classes and a minimum GPA of 2.7.
4. Meet regularly with UB staff when they visit their school during the school year.
5. Complete all monthly assignments, forms, tests or other materials required by UB.
6. Attend UB activities and meetings during the school year.
7. Attend and complete the six-week summer component held on the AMSC campus.
I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE TWO COMPONENTS - SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMER. MUST A STUDENT PARTICIPATE IN BOTH PARTS?
Yes, as listed above, students are expected to attend UB activities and meetings during the school year AND attend and complete the six-week summer component.
WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM?
Typically the summer program runs from late May/early June until early/mid July.
WHAT MAKES UPWARD BOUND SO UNIQUE?
Upward Bound recognizes that every student is unique and uses an individualized approach in working with them. The commitment from the program is a lengthy one, starting at the time the student enters the program throughout high school. The program's staff works with students in small groups and privately to address their individual needs. In addition, they help students to develop their academic potential, learn from others and their cultures, and identify and meet realistic goals. Cultural and educational events and trips are held to expose the students to new and different positive experiences.
DO STUDENTS RECEIVE HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE CREDIT FOR SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING UPWARD BOUND?
Yes, for completion of the Summer Bridge component which occurs the summer after the student's senior year, up to 9 college credits are awarded.
DOES THE PROGRAM PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION?
It depends; the Upward Bound Program does not provide transportation to the mandatory weekly tutoring session held on AMSC's campus. However, there is always transportation provided, free of charge for our college tours, cultural enrichment activities, trips, and our six week summer program.
WILL UPWARD BOUND PAY FOR THE STUDENT'S COLLEGE EDUCATION?
Not entirely, however up to 9 college credits can be earned through the Bridge program. Additionally, the Upward Bound staff helps Upward Bound students seek out scholarship and other financial aid opportunities.
ARE UPWARD BOUND STUDENTS GUARANTEED ADMISSION TO THE ATLANTA METROPOLITAN COLLEGE?
No, they are not. If the Upward Bound student chooses to apply to AMSC, they must apply for admission and meet admission criteria in order to be accepted, just as any non-Upward Bound student would.
Upward Bound: Fulton, Clayton and West Clayton
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