Summer Academic Institute Overview

Each summer, CU Upward Bound students spend six weeks on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. They live in a campus dormitory, eat in the campus dining hall, and engage in rigorous study in math, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature. Program participants receive stipends for each week of their participation in the program, with the chance to earn a total of $140.00 by the end of the Summer Academic Institute. Some students also receive extra high school credits for their participation.

Students are in classes Monday through Friday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, and on the weekends they participate in cultural and recreational activities. The Summer Academic Institute helps prepare students for their upcoming academic year in high school and provides them with a first-hand sense of what life is like as a college student.


Native Pathways to Postsecondary Success

CUUB recognizes the unique challenges that our Native youth face, and we believe that a typically constructed Upward Bound curriculum, despite its rigors, is insufficient to address those challenges. The CUUB Summer curriculum has therefore been constructed to fully embrace the idea of what it means to serve Native American students and prepare them for college.

CUUB students attend the Summer Academic Institute for three years, and each year their curriculum is centered around the concepts of community, cultural empowerment, and college readiness. For this reason, all students are enrolled in Native Pathways courses, which are designed to provide students with the tools and the vocabulary they need to access institutions of higher learning without compromising their cultural identities. These courses blend indigenous histories with college preparation, leadership concepts with study skills, and communal learning with personal empowerment techniques. Through the combination of the Native Pathways curriculum and the vital and rigorous courses that CUUB students are enrolled in, the Summer Academic Institute prepares students for postsecondary success in a comprehensive and holistic manner that addresses the unique needs of our students.  


Summer Academic Institute Dates

This Summer Academic Institute Dates are: 

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - Students Arrive

Friday, July 20, 2018- Closing Banquet, Students Depart

Click on the Activity Schedule link to the right for a more detailed look at what the Summer Academic Institute entails.