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Urban Prep Academies

  • Urban Prep Academies
  • 420 N. Wabash Ave, Suite 300
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • Betty Kang
  • Director of College Initiatives
  • (312) 276-0259

Program Description

Urban Prep Academies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates a network of all-boys public schools including the country's first charter high school for boys. Urban Prep's mission is to provide a high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory educational experience to young men that results in our graduates succeeding in college. The schools are a direct response to the urgent need to reverse abysmal graduation and college completion rates among boys in urban centers. While most of Urban Prep students come to the schools from economically disadvantaged households and behind in many subject areas, Urban Prep remains committed to preparing all of its students for college and life.

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
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Alabama State University
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Chicago State University
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College
  • College of Lake County
  • Cornell University
  • Denison University
  • DePauw University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Jackson State University
  • Kent State University at Kent
  • Lewis University
  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Millikin University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oakwood University
  • Oberlin College
  • Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
  • Prescott College
  • Purdue University-Main Campus
  • Robert Morris University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Triton College
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Virginia-Main Campus
  • Western Michigan University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%