Chicago State University

Eligibility Requirements

The CSU Upward Bound Program selects eligible students who come from low-income families where neither parent has a bachelor's degree. Upward Bound students are characterized as intelligent, yet for a variety of reasons, have not had sufficient academic preparation or the opportunity to realize their academic potential. Test scores and grades are used, but selection is based on evaluations by school counselors and teachers, in addition to parent and student interviews conducted by the Upward Bound administrative staff.

Most CSU Upward Bound students attend the following Chicago high schools:

Who Can Apply?

Students may apply when completing the eight grade, or during the ninth and tenth grades. New student selection is conducted each fall and spring semester. Upon acceptance, students make a commitment to remain in the program until they graduate from high school.