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The Office of Special Programs - College Prep offers two programs: UChicago Upward Bound and the University of Chicago S.T.E.M. Initiative. Both are free, year-round college access programs for high-school students.

We are currently recruiting 9th and 10th graders to begin by January 11th, 2020. Applications will close on December 2nd, 2019. Students who would like to join a program must submit an online application along with the appropriate supplemental materials found below.

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

The University of Chicago S.T.E.M. Initiative
  • Students remain in program for avg. 3 years
  • Over 100 contact hours/year
  • Weekly laboratories taught at the UChicago
  • Winter and Summer residential science institutes
  • 100% enroll in college
  • 54% complete STEM majors

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 osp-cp@uchicago.edu