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The Office of Special Programs - College Prep offers two programs: Upward Bound and the Space Explorers Program. Both are free, year-round college access programs for high-school students.

Students who would like to join a program must submit an online application.

Program Previews

Upward Bound
  • 118 students
  • Weekly academic enrichment classes
  • Tutoring 4 days weekly 
  • 99% of students accepted into college

"Upward Bound helped me become a well-rounded person. Before, I just did well academically. Now I have strong speaking, analytical, and leadership skills." - E. Woods, Class of 2016, Northwestern University

Space Explorers Program
  • Weekly laboratories taught on campus
  • Overnight residential science retreat on UChicago’s campus
  • ​​​​​​​Visits to research labs
  • Field trips and college tours

For more information and our programs in action, visit our About Us page!

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Services & How to Apply

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

For more information about our programs, please visit the About Us page. If you would like to attend an information session, please check the Events page for upcoming dates. 

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact the OSP-CP at