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Steve Rasmussen, Director

Spafford Hall 104

1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401

Nancy Heier, Secretary


Dacotah Hall 101
Phone: 605-626-7782
Email: University College

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Upward Bound at Northern
"NSU Upward Bound gave me confidence to be myself and know I can achieve a lot if I put my mind to it. If I wasn’t in the program, I don’t know if I would’ve gone to college.”
Kelsey Long
NSU business management graduate, NSU masters degree candidate; Upward Bound counselor

Northern's Upward Bound Program helps students graduate from high school and successfully complete postsecondary education.


Upward Bound is a federal grant program designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of postsecondary education. The program offers services throughout the academic year and during a 6-week residential summer program at Northern.

Upward Bound offers eligible students expert help with:
  • Academic advising
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • ACT preparation
  • Time management
  • Financial and economic literacy
  • Scholarship preparation and completion
  • Cultural experiences
  • Choosing a career, and
  • Selecting a college or university


During Northern's summer program, students attend classes in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages.  

School Year Program
• Meet monthly with an Upward Bound advisor
• Maintain good attendance at school
• Participate in weekend  workshops
• Stay in good academic standing (2.5+ GPA)
• Work with Upward Bound tutors
• Receive a monthly stipend
Summer Program
• Six weeks' free room and board on Northern's campus
• Educational instruction in math, science, computers, art, composition, reading and Spanish
• Use of Northern's computer and science labs
• Individual advising and tutoring
• Hands-on learning
• Free college visits and educational adventures in cities such as Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, and Denver
• Potential to earn high school AND college credit
• Weekly stipend
Bridge Program
Qualified  graduating  Upward  Bound  seniors  who have attended the summer program are eligible for college credit! Enroll at NSU for a summer class­, and Upward Bound picks up the tab for room, board, tuition and books.
How to Get Involved
To be part of NSU Upward Bound, you must:
• Be a 9th-11th grader at Aberdeen Central High School or high schools in Britton-Hecla, Doland, Frederick, Langford, Standing Rock, Waubay, Webster, or Wilmot, S.D.
• Want academic support to help you prepare for college
• Aspire to attend and graduate from college
• Meet income and parental education guidelines
To be eligible to apply for the program, a student must come from a low-income and/or first-generation-to-college family. For more information, contact:
Peni Mounga