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Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound program has been on the campus of the UIC since 1965. Over the years, we have served over 10,000 high school students and helped them realize their academic potential by successfully placing over 95% of our graduates in colleges and universities across the country and in the State of Illinois.

The Upward Bound program at UIC is designed to educate students to use the art of critical thinking, effective expression and a positive attitude so that they are able to negotiate the pursuit of higher education and a more satisfying future.

The program maintains an atmosphere of creativity and achievement where students become excited about learning. The opportunities to think, listen, learn and grow in step with each student's development are the keys to student confidence and are provided by our classroom instruction.

Program Highlights

  • Saturday Program
  • Residential Component
  • Counseling Services
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • College Tours
  • Scholarship Assistance

Program Benefits

  • Academic Enrichment
  • ACT/PSAE and ACT Preparation
  • Study Skills Enhancement
  • College Admission and Financial Aid Assistance
  • Participation Stipends

What are the requirements?

  • Attend a UIC Upward Bound target school
  • Currently in the ninth or tenth grade
  • Be from a low-income household and/or be a first-generation college student, and/or have a disability
  • Have a desire and ability to attend college
  • Submit a complete application
  • Complete a parent and student interview

Applications can be obtained from the high school counselor's office or by contacting the Upward Bound office at:
728 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, Illinois 60607
or by phone at 312-996-5045;
or by email at jdh@uic.edu

2010 End of the Year Awards Ceremony

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