UChicago Upward Bound

Program Overview & Description:
UChicago Upward Bound is a federally funded program that supports first-generation, low-income, underserved and under-represented 9th- to 12th-grade students in select neighborhoods and schools as they prepare for, apply to, and enroll in college. 100% of participants graduate from high school and are accepted into a college. Upward Bound participants are involved for four years in programming. Each year begins with a six-week summer collection of activities designed to give students early and rigorous exposure to the core subjects they will take in the upcoming academic year. The program continues throughout the year with tutorials Monday through Thursday and Saturday academic enrichment.

Website: UChicago Upward Bound
Application: Access Here
Informational Flyer: View Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a current 9th or 10th grade student
  • Minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5
  • U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • Parents do not have a 4-year college degree
  • Family income meets federal low-income guidelines
  • Students must be enrolled in OR live in one of the four target schools or communities:
    Dyett HS (Washington Park);
    Hyde Park HS (Woodlawn);
    Hirsch HS (Greater Grand Crossing); and
    Phillips HS (Douglas)

Required Documents:

  1. NWEA Test Scores
  2. Transcripts, Quarterly Grades, and Progress Reports
  3. Letter of recommendation from Core instructors (English, Math, Science, History)
  4. Tax Transcripts

Services Provided:

  • Academic Enrichment and Tutoring
  • Time Management, Organizational, and Other Workshops
  • College Research and Planning
  • College Entrance Exam Preparation
  • College Admissions and Financial Aid Application Preparation Assistance
  • FAFSA and Financial Literacy Workshops
  • University Residence Hall Experiences and Campus Visits
  • Career Exploration
  • Parent Workshops

Open to DREAMers: No
Questions? Feel free to contact the OSP-CP at osp-cp@uchicago.edu

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