College-Prep Programs

The University of Chicago Office of Special Programs-College Prep is recruiting high school students for two pre-college programs UChicago College Prep-Science and Upward Bound. These free multi-year programs are designed for students who want to prepare for college success and explore career options. 

The Math Science Program

Through this program, students will explore real-life science questions through hands-on experiences and will attend challenging classes, live on campus, and enjoy co-curricular excursions and career research events. Year-round activities include laboratory workshops taught on the university campus and residential science institutes at Yerkes Observatory in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The 30 selected students must be in 9th through 11th grade, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be a potential first-generation college graduate in their household. 

Upward Bound

This year-round college access and success program focuses on the development of essential skills for college success. Services available to students include personalized tutoring, college, scholarship, and career research and planning, college tours, and more. This program serves students from under-resourced families and families where neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Applicants for this program must be in 9th or 10th grade and attend one of four schools or live in one of the following communities- Dyett (Washington Park), Hirsch (Greater Grand Crossing), Hyde Park Academy (Woodlawn), or Phillips Academy (Douglas); have a minimum GPA of 2.5; be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States not older than 19, and be interested in attending college upon graduation from high school. 

 To be considered for either of these programs, students must submit a completed application packet, a letter of recommendation, copies of grade reports, and undergo a student and parent interview if selected. For more information, contact the Office of Special Programs by calling 773-702-8288, by emailing or by visiting


Posted on August 8, 2016 .