Group photo of students from the Collegiate Scholars Program, Upward Bound and College Bridge Programs outside Eckhart Hall Friday, July 26, 2013, at the University of Chicago.

The University runs several programs that help Chicago Public Schools students prepare for college and succeed once they’re enrolled.

College Bridge

The Chicago Public Schools College Bridge Program provides for-credit courses to high-achieving Chicago public school juniors and seniors at no cost.

CPS students at an essay writing workshop

Collegiate Scholars Program

The three-year Collegiate Scholars Program offers college-level classes and enrichment seminars free of charge to high-achieving students in Chicago public high schools.

Watch a video about the Office of Civic Engagement's college preparation and access programs.

Office of Special Programs/College Prep

The Office of Special Programs/College Prep provides educational enrichment and college-prep classes for South Side students in grades 6 through 12.

For more information about the University’s efforts to improve K-12 education and prepare students for college, see our Community Programs Directory.

Watch a video about the University’s ongoing support of Kenwood Academy