Health Professions

Upward Bound Health Professions is a pre-college program designed to support qualifying high school students along their journey to college degree completion. It provides students who are first-generation college bound and meet income guidelines the preparation, support and opportunities to successfully enter into postsecondary education.

Kent State University, Kent State University’s College of Public Health, Lorain High School, Ravenna High School, Windham High School and their Communities participate in an ongoing partnership to support the UBHP program.

  • Qualifications


    Sixty-three students total students from the target areas of Lorain, Ravenna or Windham High School are invited to participate.
    Students must meet the following criteria:
    • Plan to enroll in college to complete a degree upon high school graduation
    • Currently in or rising into the 9th or 10th grade
    • Satisfy federal eligibility criteria
    • Carry a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA
    • Meet other program guidelines as outlined in the application process
  • Services


    There are two components to this program – Academic Year and Summer Institute.
    • Academic Year
      • Weekly Scholars' Institute meetings
      • Saturday Engagement days
      • Academic support, tutoring, mentoring and advising
      • Parent/guardian workshops
      • Field trips and campus visits
    • Summer Institute
      • A six-week residential program on Kent State University campus
      • Students attend targeted classes in the fields of math, business, language, science and electives
      • Students participate in intensive hands-on learning experiences and field trips
      • Students engage in social and cultural activities designed to provide a holistic learning experience
  • Benefits


    Program benefits include:
    • Exposure to college majors, careers and expectations
    • Opportunities to learn about college environments
    • Intensive academic support
    • Enrichment and skill development
    • Field trips, college visits and research experiences
    • Participation on the Parent Advisory Council