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What is Math/Science Upward Bound?

Math/Science Upward Bound (or MSUB) is a pre-college program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to encourage scholars, from low-income families and/or whose parents did not graduate from a four-year college, to develop the skills and motivation necessary for success in college and beyond. We serve the local area high schools in Pasadena- Pasadena High, Blair High, Marshall Fundamental, John Muir High, El Monte, South El Monte, and Mountain View. 

How much does the program cost?
All program services are free.
How do I apply to MSUB?

Please contact your school counselor or contact the PCC Math/Science Upward Bound office at (626) 585-3114 or email for an application.

Which high schools does MSUB serve?

• El Monte High School

• South El Monte High School

• Blair High School

• John Muir High School

• Marshall Fundamental

• Pasadena High School

• Mountain View High School

What is the address & contact information of the MSUB Program?


Math/Science Upward Bound Pasadena City College, D-114 

1570 E. Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91106-2003

Contact Information

Phone (626) 585-3114

Fax (626) 585-7969

What are the program requirements?

To be eligible to participate in the program, students must be first-generation, and low-income. By first-generaton we mean that neither parent has earned a 4-year college degree or higher at the time the student is to enter the program. As for the income requirement, the student's family's household income must fall within the guidelines set by the program and the U.S. Department of Education. This will be determined during the application process.

Do you go on field trips?

Yes we do. But it is important to remember, MSUB is an academic enrichment program, not a recreational service. Most of our field trips are actually field explorations to get a better understanding of the particular academic topic we may be investigating. Others may include college trips, or visits with scientific laboratories or musuems.

Is MSUB a minority education or ethnic diversity program?

No, the program is open to all that are eligible. The program is as diverse as the community it serves.

What kind of services do you offer?

We offer very comprehensive services designed to maximize your student's chances for success in high school and college. These include, but are not limited to- School Site Tutoring, Saturday Enrichment Activities, College Campus Visits, Academic Advising and Counseling, College Application and Financial Aid Application Assistance, Cultural Activities, Hands-on Science, Math, and Technology Activities, Mentoring, Social Activities, 5-week Summer Enrichment Academy, and Parent Workshops.

How are students chosen?

MSUB selects scholars on the basis of recommendations by teachers, counselors, social service agencies and others acquainted with the scholars' goals and abilities, and through an interview conducted by the project staff. Scholars must be willing to work hard in school, and have a desire to attend college after high school graduation.

Will this program help me get to the college/university that I want?

Although this program may not guarantee it. Most students who enter this program end up where they want to go because they are dedicated to the program and take advantage of the many resources we provide: including college workshops, fee waivers, oppurtunities to speak with alumni/students of the university you want to go to, and more. We give you various helpful tools and motivation, but you also have to try your best. That includes your grades in school, extra curriculars, and any other ways that will make you an well-rounded candidate the colleges look for.

Does MSUB have any social networking sites?

Yes! You can send a friend request to Pasadena MSupwardbound and share photos, questions, posts, and more with us on facebook!

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