About OSP-College Prep

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The Office of Special Programs-College Prep

Since its founding by Larry Hawkins more than 40 years ago, the mission of the Office of Special Programs-College Prep (OSP-CP) at the University of Chicago has not changed:

To engage underserved 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.

Program Offerings

OSP-CP and its Upward Bound program now serve one hundred and eighteen ninth through twelfth-grade students from four selected South Side high schools, offering them:

  • Academic skills enrichment in four core subjects
  • Academic guidance and advising
  • Academic enrichment and cultural events
  • Tutorials
  • Career/college/university awareness
  • College entrance exam preparation
  • College entrance and financial aid application assistance

The Students We Serve

Currently, the program serves selected students at Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan, Walter H. Dyett High School For The Arts, Hyde Park Academy, and Wendell Phillips Academy. In addition to students who live in the following target communities: Douglas, Greater Grand Crossing, Washington Park, or Woodlawn.

For more information on the OSP-CP, email us at osp-cp@uchicago.edu.

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