College Readiness Initiatives

College Readiness Initiatives seek to increase the capacity of parents, community groups, and schools to encourage and support middle and high school students' college preparedness. All college readiness programs strive to develop and implement strategies to increase students' academic success.

Twenty-first Century Scholars

The Twenty-first Century Scholars Regional Support Program equips students and parents with the academic, social, and cultural skills needed to attain secondary and postsecondary success. The program engages the community in meaningful conversations and services that make postsecondary education desirable, accessible, and affordable. Upon graduating from high school, enrolled students can receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition to attend an eligible Indiana public or private college, university, or proprietary institution. (also see

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound program is designed to provide fundamental support to first-generation and income-eligible students in their preparation for college entrance. The goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The Upward Bound program at IUPUI provides a wide variety of services and activities to students attending our target schools, which are Arlington, Arsenal Tech, Broad Ripple, Emmerich Manual, Northwest, and Warren Central high schools. Some of the services provided include academic support, such as tutoring and mentoring, college entrance preparation, college visits, cultural activities, and enrichment programs designed to not only engage students but the parents of participants as well. In addition, Upward Bound participants also have the opportunity to participate in a summer residential component and a summer bridge program for graduating seniors. These summer programs are designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to successfully facilitate a successful transition from secondary to postsecondary education for participants.