Upward Bound

Helping Students Realize Their Academic Potential

Program Description

Upward Bound program has been on the campus of the UIC since 1965. Over the years, we have served over 35000 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.

Upward Bound Program Highlights
Saturday College

On Saturdays during the academic year, participants receive academic instruction in core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Foreign Language from well qualified teachers, most of whom has or continues to serve in the public school system.   These courses assist students in precollege performance in preparation for graduation from High School and entry to postsecondary institutions.

Pre-College Enrichment

Students are guided through Career Exploration and the College Admissions process that includes ACT prep, mock ACT examinations, and completion of college applications.  In the spring and summer students participant in college tours that provide a context for higher education, exposure to majors, campus life and college selection.

Cultural Activities

The out-of-classroom experiences involve cultural activities that expose students to the arts, history, museums, ethnic foods, recreation, and other activities that assist in broadening awareness of other cultures and appreciation of diversity


Assistance in preparedness for the academic curriculum is offered through tutoring in each subject area. Students receive one-on-one or group assistance.

Financial Aid

Students are provided information that assists in developing knowledge of financial aid resources, how to search for resources, determining financial need, and completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Summer Academy

A six-week residential component that provides an on campus experience; instruction in Mathematics, English, Science and Foreign language; tutoring; cultural events that expose students to diverse cultures, the arts and museums; and, a college tour that exposes students to diverse colleges and universities.

Upward Bound Program Benefits and Eligibility
Program Benefits
  • Academic Enrichment
  • ACT/PSAE and ACT Preparation
  • Study Skills Enhancement
  • College Admission and Financial Aid Assistance
  • Participation Stipends
  • Currently in the ninth, tenth , or eleventh grade

Students who attend one of our target school at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Percy Julian High, John Marshall Metropolitan High School and Carl Schurz High School can obtain a TRIO Upward Bound Application or by contacting our office at:

TRIO Upward Bound Program

University of Illinois at Chicago

Student Services Building, Suite 2720

1200 W. Harrison Street

Chicago, Illinois 60607

Phone: 312-996-5046