Summer Academic Institute Overview

Selfie of group of CUUB students wearing gray CU Buffaloes shirts and smilingThe CUUB Summer Academic Institute is the highlight of the year. It is the most exciting aspect of our program, and a chance for participants to immerse themselves in CU Boulder's college environment for the best college preparatory experience imaginable; after all, nothing can prepare you better for going to college than actually going to college!

Each summer, CU Upward Bound students (excluding those who were admitted as 8th graders) spend six weeks on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. CUUB Summer Academic Institute participants get the full college experience: they live in a campus dormitory, eat in the campus dining hall, and engage in rigorous study in an array of topics, including math, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature.

The Summer Academic Institute is a no-cost program for CUUB families. The only expense that CUUB families need to worry about is tranportation to and from Boulder, and many of our partner schools and communities help in this area (speak with your school's Site Coordinator for more information). Furthermore, 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 even receive extra high school credits for their participation (again, talk to your Site Coordinator for more information about what your school can offer).

Students are in classes Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, and there are two hours of study hall Sunday through Thursday. On thegroup of CUUB students smiling and eating together weekends, students participate in exciting cultural and recreational activities. The classes students take during the Summer Academic Institute help prepare them for their upcoming academic year in high school, and the overall experience prepares them for college in far more significant, intangible ways. The Summer Academic Institute is nothing short of a life-changing experience that CUUB is proud to offer each year.

COVID19 Updates & Impacts on CUUB Summer 2021

Due to the impact of the COVID19 pandemic, the University of Colorado Boulder has decided to move all classes and camps remotely. For more information and updates on CU Boulder's coronavirus updates visit here. 

While we are disappointed we will not be able to host you on campus this summer, CUUB agrees with the University's choice to prioritize safety. In order to keep serving you the best of our ability, CUUB is excited to host you its first ever virtual summer program! CUUB's remote Summer Academic Institute will include online classes via Google Classroom as well as live instruction and study hall using Zoom. Each instructor will use Googel Classroom for weekly assignments. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Instructors and Instructionoal Assistants will be on Zoom sessions at specific times for each course to facilitate live discussions, working through problem sets, and other activities to ensure students understand the materials. Wednesdays we will have a virtual study hall via Zoom.  

Students will also still benefit from the mentorship that occurs within RA groups. Each student will have an RA who will reach out too students on a regular basis throughout the summer. RA Group meetings will still occur so students are able to meet other students within the program. The group of RAs will also collectively plan virtual activities for students to participate in throughout the summer in order to build connections. 

Incentives for participating this summer: 

  • Students will receive weekly stipends (similar to a regular summer) for completing classes. 


In order to ensure every participant has internet access and access to a laptop or computer to participate in the virtual summer institute, CUUB is looking into providing hotspots and google chromebooks to students. If you are a CUUB student and you need access to the internet or a laptop, click here or email Cassie ( or Jillian (

Staying Informed

Parents and students can always reach out to CUUB Directors at any point via the emails listed above or by phone (Cassie: 303-492-2887) Make sure we have your most up to ate information by filling out our contact form here. 

Check out the 2021 Summer Newsletter

Click here to view the 2021 Summer Newsletter

Summer Academic Institute Dates

This Summer Academic Institute Dates are: 

Monday, June 14, 2021 - First day of classes

Friday, July 23, 2021 - Virtual Closing Celebration for Students, Staff, and Families.

How to Use Zoom 

Zoom is a video and audio conference platform. This allows the Upward Bound staff to contact you via your mobile phone or computer. This will be helpful for our summer virtual gatherings and classroom/study hall sessions. 

How To Use Zoom by a Phone Call

1. On your phone, dial the teleconferencing number provided in your invite.

2. Enter the meeting ID number when prompted using your dial pad. You will most likely have a password to enter to join the meeting as well. This will be given to you by CUUB staff.

Note: If you have already joined the meeting via computer, you will have the option to enter your 2-digit participant ID to be associated with your computer. If you have not joined on your computer, simply press # again when prompted to enter in your participant ID.

How To Use Zoom Through A Phone App

1. Open the Zoom mobile app. If you have not downloaded the Zoom mobile app yet, you can download it from the Google Play Store.

2. Join a meeting using one of these methods: 

  • Tap Join a Meeting if you want to join without signing in.
  • Sign in to Zoom then tap Join.

3. Enter the meeting ID number and your display name.

  • If you're signed in, change your name if you don't want your default name to appear.
  • If you're not signed in, enter a display name.

4. Select if you would like to connect audio and/or video and tap Join Meeting. You will most likely have a password to enter to join the meeting as well. This will be given to you by CUUB staff.


How To Use Zoom Through An Internet Browser

Google Chrome

1. Open Chrome.

2. Go to

3. Enter your meeting ID provided by the host/organizer.

4. Click Join.

  • If this is your first time joining from Google Chrome, you will be asked to open the Zoom client to join the meeting.
  • You can check Always open these types of links in the associated app to skip this step in the future.
  • Click Open Zoom Meetings (PC) or Open (Mac).
  • You will most likely have a password to enter to join the meeting as well. This will be given to you by CUUB staff.

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