Each Spring, as part of the fourth annual Midwest Faculty Seminar of the academic year, we have an opportunity to collaborate with a minority-student academic enrichment and college preparation program. We encourage MFS participants attending that MFS to participate in a brief luncheon with local high school students and their parents.

Visiting MFS faculty attend an hour-long program immediately following the last session of our program on Saturday from approximately 12:15-1:15. We ask interested MFS faculty participants to speak with a small group of students from this program along with their parents. These conversations would take place in small clusters where lunch is served.

These students and their parents have been prepared by the program’s teachers to inquire about the curriculum and everyday lives of students in these colleges. Of course, they are also understandably concerned about the challenges of the high tuition costs of private education. MFS member schools may also choose to send us a box of information about financial aid and/or general promotional literature for their faculty representatives to share with the students.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS, WITH WHOM WE COLLABORATE ON THIS EVENT:

The University of Chicago, Office of Special Programs-College Prep (OSP) began in 1968 to help participants be successful in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Our Upward Bound program serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Our ultimate goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

We have a solid reputation for successfully preparing high need youth so they can make the transition from middle school to high school and to college completion. We disseminate information about college admission and the availability of financial aid; we provide rigorous academic preparation, personal and academic counseling, introduction to careers, and opportunities for culturally diverse experiences. Experience has confirmed that involvement in these activities motivate students and help them understand that the decisions they make today about their education will have a considerable impact when it is time to apply to college.

The success of the students who participate in OSP activities is well documented. In our 43 years of operation almost 10,000 students have been involved in our various college preparation programs and over 79% of those students have completed college. Our students have been accepted by and have successfully graduated from post secondary institutions that include Howard University, Morehouse, Spelman; state schools like the University of Illinois, Michigan State and the University of Wisconsin, private institutes that include Northwestern, Loyola, Columbia University in New York as well as highly selective institutions including the University of Chicago and Harvard.