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University of Chicago (Upward Bound)

Program Description

The mission of the Office of Special Programs-College Prep (OSP-CP) at the University of Chicago is "to engage under-served urban high school students in academic, cultural, and recreational activities". These activities are reinforced with college and career guidance. OSP-CP activities help to equip students with higher-order thinking and lifelong learning skills. This preparation will ensure their acceptance and enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education. The UChicago Upward Bound Program is designed for students who want to prepare for a successful education and career by expanding their educational experiences beyond the school classroom. Upward Bound gives students a glimpse of college and and helps them to make plans for a successful post-secondary education experience and careers. Upward Bound is a member of the TRiO family of federally funded college access programs that are designed to motivate and support students from low income, first generation backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Funded by the United States Department of Education UChicago Upward Bound is a year-round program that provides all services without charge to particpants.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 3%
  • African American: 97%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 118
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 97%