Student Academic Success Office


Xavier University of Louisiana Upward Bound Math & Science Program is a federally funded, college preparatory program for high school students who are first generation and/or Pell grant eligible. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.

XULA Upward Bound Math & Science Program is designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary education that leads to careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Before completing the enclosed application, please take time to read this letter and understand the contents in order to decide if this program will benefit your child.

Xavier’s Upward Bound Math & Science Program serves students from selected area high schools. Students must have completed the 8th grade, but have not entered the 12th grade, and must have an interest in pursuing a career in a STEM profession. Upon acceptance, students must participate in both the academic year program that consists of 24 Saturdays and a six-week summer non-residential program, both of which are held on Xavier’s campus.

The academic year program consists of Saturday School where students attend academic classes on Xavier’s campus taught by certified high school teachers or college instructors. Classes include current high school and college academic subjects as well as ACT preparation and testing. During the school year, program staff will meet the students at their schools once a month for college preparatory workshops on various topics such as developing studying skills, college selection, financial aid assistance, and career and personal counseling. Students who participate in the academic year program will receive a stipend at the end of each semester.

The summer program is six-week non-residential program for rising 9th through 11th grade students. Students will attend classes on Xavier’s campus Monday through Thursday where they are enrolled in classes that will prepare them for the upcoming school year. Fridays are reserved for Field Trips. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a stipend. The summer program is a required component of the year, but students may receive permission in advance to be excused from summer program activities.

The Summer Bridge Program is a six-weeks residential program for seniors who are enrolled in Upward Bound Math & Science and graduated from their respective high school. The students are enrolled in at least 4 credit college courses in addition to completing an internship in their STEM career of interest.


Check List

In order to have a completed application, you must include a copy of the following forms (Incomplete applications cannot be considered.) :

    • Copy of Birth Certificate
    • Copy of Social Security Card
    • Copy of Income tax return (signed), if filed, showing TAXABLE Income, or a personal statement of income. A check stub or W-2 will NOT be accepted.
    • Copy of the official State of Louisiana Universal Certificate of Immunization
    • Copy of Health Insurance Card
    • Copy of current High School transcript including previous year’s final grades
    • Copy of 8th Grade LEAP/PARC Scores
    • Copy of 8th Grade final grades
    • Current School Schedule
    • Copy of SAT, ACT, GEE - if applicable, EOC

Please be sure to sign each form where required.
*Incomplete applications cannot be considered*


Contact Information

Drerrick Barnes,
Phone: 504.520.5137 or 504.520.5419
Fax: 504.520.7806