TRIO Upward Bound

Welcome to the TRIO Upward Bound Program at Fort Lewis College!


TRIO Upward Bound is a federally funded program that helps qualified high school students develop the skills and motivation needed to successfully complete high school, and advance to and complete a college education. The Upward Bound Program includes Academic Year support as well as a Summer Academy. Fort Lewis College Upward Bound serves Durango, Montezuma-Cortez, and Ignacio high schools.

The Upward Bound Summer Academy is a five-week college preparatory program that gives Upward Bound students a taste of the college experience. Held from early June to early July, participants take college-style classes, participate in service projects, and experience college-like social life through sports, cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, group interaction, and social events. Participants receive instruction in reading, composition, foreign language, math and laboratory science.  In addition, they are offered guidance in educational and career opportunities, as well as exposure to enrichment activities designed to promote leadership, cultural awareness, and self-confidence.

 Fort Lewis College TRIO Upward Bound Facts

  • More than 80% of Upward Bound students are both low income and potential first generation college students
  • 27% of FLC Upward Bound participants are Native American
  • 43% of FLC Upward Bound participants are Hispanic
  • Upward Bound has a 95% program retention rate
  • 70% of FLC Upward Bound participants are enrolled in college
  • 100% of Upward Bound students who went to college returned for their sophomore year in college (based on 2010 grads)
  • Students who participate in Upward Bound programs are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds who did not  participate in a federal TRIO program.


For More Information

Check out our Calender for upcoming TRIO Events including Saturday Session dates, times, and locations.

Read more about the TRIO Upward Bound Summer Program on our Summer Academy Page.

If you would like more information about this program check out our Facebook Page, this Informational Video, and a Student Created documentary!

Contact Us

By Phone: (970) 247-7618
By Email:

Or stop by our office located at Fort Lewis College on the 3rd floor of the Reed Library
1000 Rim Dr. 
Durango, CO 81301