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Director's Welcome


Dear Prospective Upward Bounder,

Director Talim Lessane   Welcome to the College of Charleston Upward Bound program. 
We are excited that you are taking steps towards investing in your future and the pursuit of a postsecondary (college) education. We hope that you will strongly consider applying to Upward Bound and allow us the opportunity to assist you in “laying the foundation that leads to success.” Our outstanding students have bright futures and we creatively nurture them with academic, cultural, social and personal development support. 

You should know:

  • Over 99% of students who remain with the program after they join graduate within four years, compared to approximately 50% at the schools we serve; and over 90% go to college, compared to approximately 35%. 
  • We have partnered with our college and local communities to ensure access to academic advising, career counseling, financial aid assistance, local theatre productions, leadership development opportunities and civic engagement. 
  • Our students travel. You will have the opportunity to visit as many as 15 to 20 different college campuses over the course of three to four years. Campus tour destinations within the past four years range as far apart as Charlotte, New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Miami. 

We serve 94 students who will become our future teachers, doctors, IT specialists, engineers and other professionals. Our staff is committed to providing a safe and caring environment to ensure that each student is provided with a quality opportunity in education regardless of race or ethnic background.

We are closing the achievement gap and invite you to join our family of TRIO achievers.

Here’s to your future!


Talim Lessane, Director

Upward Bound and Pre-College Programs
843.953.6555
lessaneta@cofc.edu