The Upward Bound program at Snow College was originally founded in 1989. Diane J. Gardner, M.Ed. is the current director of Upward Bound at Snow College. The program operates on a four-year grant cycle and received its most current grant renewal in 2008. U.B. serves seventy participants (sophomores through seniors) specifically from Manti, North Sanpete, and Gunnison high schools. Students that are interested in participating in Upward Bound need to contact the Upward Bound advisor at their high school for more information.
There are about 20 students in each high school's Upward Bound group. During the school year, students meet after school for 16 hours each month with their Upward Bound advisor for tutoring, homework, counseling, workshops, discussions, career exploration, service projects, and cultural/educational field trips.
Each summer, 40 students compete to come to the Snow College campus for five weeks. Students live in Snow College apartments, take classes around campus from the college faculty, and receive expert help from live-in tutors. Special workshops are also prepared for summer students along with amazing seminars given by guest speakers.
At the end of the five-week term, academically deserving students go on an extended field trip. In past years students have traveled to San Francisco, Green River, San Diego, Yellowstone, Washington DC, Boston and New York City.