Designed for 9th and 10th graders attending Chicago Public Schools, Upward Bound gives students a glimpse of college and helps them plan for successful post-secondary education experiences and careers by expanding their learning beyond the classroom. The Summer Session is part of a year-round program that requires an application.
During the summer, activities are held for six weeks from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for field trips, enrichment activities and testing. There are opportunities for students to live on campus while attending classes on the University campus. Academic classes include: Mathematics (Basic Math, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra-Trigonometry, and Calculus) Science (General Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) Literature Test Preparation Computer Technology Spanish Most classes are held at the University of Chicago. Other activities also take place at Yerkes Observatory and Aurora University?s George Williams College Camp in Wisconsin.
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.
The deadline for applying for Upward Bound is early May of every year.