Upward Bound

The University of Chicago’s Upward Bound 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 funded by TRiO—a set of federally funded pre-college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the University of Chicago Upward Bound program, the following criteria must be met:

  • The applicant must be a potential first-generation college student
  • The family must meet federal low-income guidelines
  • All first-time participants must be in ninth or tenth grade at time of application
  • All first-time participants must be under 19 years of age
  • Must attend Hyde Park Academy, Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan, Wendell Phillips, or Walter H. Dyett High School or live in the community that the aforementioned high schools reside: Douglas, Greater Grand Crossing, Washington Park or Woodlawn.

Parental Involvement Required

Parents must take an active role in their child’s education. Parental responsibilities include volunteering and attending parent meetings and workshops or seminars.

Apply Now!

Please complete the Upward Bound Application form and return it to OSP-CP. Students must also have one of their teachers to complete and submit the Teacher Recommendation Form.  In addition, students must request and submit an unoffical transcript from their high school.

For More Information

Contact OSP-CP at 773.702.8288 or at osp-cp@uchicago.edu.