The academic year component focuses on tutorial services to support the student's college preparatory curriculum. The academic piece consist of tutoring, classes and counseling sessions. A representative from Upward Bound will be at the target school two times a month to meet students and help coordinate any tutoring needed. After school tutoring sessions can be made available as needed for individuals or groups. On-site meets on the campus of UVA-Wise from August to May. The on-site tutorial, provides academic tutorials, classes, and an enrichment activity.

The summer component is the summer residential component. During the summer, Upward Bound offers an intensive residential program designed to give participants a taste of "college life". Students stay on campus where they attended classes, academic and career counseling sessions, and recreational and social activities. At the end of the summer program, students attend the summer trip to places of interest such as Hershey PA, Cincinnati OH, Louisville KY, Washington D.C., or Atlanta GA.

Upward Bound provides fee waivers for SAT and ACT Test, college applications, and sessions for completing the FAFSA.