The Upward Bound (UB) Program, in existence at Northern Illinois University since 1966, serves 95 high school students from Aurora and Rockford. To participate in the program participants must come from either low-income families or have parents who have not completed a bachelor's degree. The program offers instruction in English, mathematics, science and foreign language; tutoring, academic and cultural enrichment activities, career exploration, financial aid advisement and support services designed to assist students as they prepare for entry into and ultimately graduate from college. The NIU Upward Bound Program includes a six week residential summer session and a twenty-six week academic year session. The guiding mission of the Upward Bound Program is to provide motivation and instruction necessary for post-secondary education.