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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-College Programs

The following programs—with the exception of ABLE—are part of the federal TRIO program, are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and are housed on the Shawnee State campus. If you would like more information about any of the TRIO programs, please call the numbers below.


Ohio ABLE programs provide FREE services for individuals who need assistance acquiring the skills to be successful in post-secondary education and training, and employment.  For more information, contact Rob Seaman at 740-354-0211.

Upward Bound

Shawnee State University’s Upward Bound program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and serves approximately 70 students from across Scioto County. The program focuses on students who are interested in attending college but who may need an extra ”push” to turn that interest into reality. Upward Bound provides academic, social, recreational, cultural, and counseling services in order to generate the skills, motivation, and self-confidence necessary for success in college.

During the academic year component, the Upward Bound Program helps develop study skills, provides tutoring, and consults with students regarding their academic progress. Monthly Saturday Activities are held on the campus of Shawnee State University, where students learn about college preparatory topics, such as career counseling and personal development.

During the summer component, students have the opportunity to experience college life first-hand.  For six weeks, students participate in a residential program on the campus of Shawnee State University. They take part in lab-based courses to help prepare then for the next year of high school.  In addition to academic courses, students participate in college visits, ACT/SAT Prep classes, community service projects, and cultural enrichment trips. 

To be eligible for the Upward Bound Program, two-thirds of participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be classified as a first generation college student, meaning that neither parent has earned a bachelor’s (for-year) degree.
  • Their family income does not exceed the guidelines determined by the U.S. Department of Education. Other students will be considered for the program, but the majority must come from families whose income does not exceed the established guidelines.

For more information about the Upward Bound program, please contact our office, which is located in the Trio Center, on the 2nd floor of the Advanced Technology Center. You may reach the office by phone at 740.351.3439.

Upward Bound Math Science Center

Background on the Program

The Upward Bound Math Science Program, UBMS, is a joint project of Shawnee State University (SSU) and the U.S. Department of Education.  UBMS at SSU is one of 162 similar math and science programs in the nation. The UBMS Program serves the following Ohio and Kentucky high schools: Piketon, Dawson-Bryant, Rock Hill, West Union, Ironton, Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington, Western, and Greenup County.  All Freshman and sophomores enrolled at the target schools are eligible to apply.  The purpose of the program is two-fold:

  1. to increase high school students’ skills in math and science.
  2. to encourage them to prepare for professional careers in math and science.

Program Format

The Shawnee State University UBMS program is an academic year and 6-week summer residential component for high school students. During the summer program, students live in university housing, eat in the cafeteria, attend class in the morning, taught by college professors, and participate in afternoon enrichment activities.  During the evening, students attend workshops designed to help with study skills, ACT, career planning and personal development. All students will have the opportunity to attend a week-long trip during the 6th week of the summer component.  In the past, these trips have included places such as Orlando, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Yosemite, Mt. St. Helens, the Grand Canyon, Tampa, and Atlanta.  The UBMS program also includes monthly Saturday workshops during the school year; weekend field trips to colleges, businesses and industries; and various cultural events. There are no costs to students who are selected to participate in the UBMS program. UBMS is federally funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Education.


Eligibility for Upward Bound Math Science (UMBS) is determined by income and whether or not the student is a potential first-generation college student.  For the purpose of Upward Bound Math Science, first generation is defined as a student whose parents have not obtained a bachelor’s degree.  Students must be eligible in at least one of these two areas. Eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Students will be selected based upon teacher and guidance recommendations, a one-page autobiography, and an interview with UMBS staff.

During the academic year, professors and ABMS staff mentor students via phone, newsletter, and Internet. Students are invited to submit project reports, creative writing pieces, and personal news, which may be included in a monthly newsletter or posted on the ABMS web page. There are also opportunities for some students to participate in weekend activities throughout the year.

We recruit students from Appalachian Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia, who are not served currently by a ABMS. Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in grades 10 (sophomores) or 11 (juniors)
  • Meet Federal Income Guidelines and/or be potential first generation college students (neither parent has earned a 4-year degree)
  • Interest in a math or science career
  • Minimum 2.3 GPA

Note: Students with parents who have a two-year degree may apply to the program.

For more information, contact the ABMS office at 740.351.3439 or toll free 1.877.SSU.UBMS (778.8267).