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How you can become a Year Up student

Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Classes begin in September for the fall, and in January or March for the spring. We encourage you to apply early as space is limited.

Please submit an interest form if you’re interested in being a part of the upcoming fall class, beginning September 2017.

Step 1: Submit an Interest Form

Take 45 seconds to let us know you’re interested in applying. Fill out an interest form online or at our office.

Step 2: Attend an Information Session

Once you submit an interest form you will have the opportunity to schedule an Information Session. During the Information Session, you’ll get the chance to tour the site, ask any questions you may have about the program, and connect with current students.

Information Sessions:

  • Tuesdays at 10:30 am (Downtown Campus, 223 W. Jackson Blvd., 4th Floor)
  • Thursdays at 4:00 pm (National Louis University Campus, 122 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor_

Drop-In Office Hours:

Prospective students can come by the office at the Downtown Campus, 223 W. Jackson Blvd., 4th Floor, and complete the online information session and complete the application with the support of Admissions staff.

  • Mondays from 1-3pm
  • Tuesdays from 9-11 am

Step 3: Submit an Application

After attending an Information Session, you will have the opportunity to fill out the online application.

If you would like to work on the paper application prior to attending an Information Session, click here to download the Admissions Checklist for Year Up Chicago.

Step 4: Interviews

If you are qualified, our staff will invite you in for an interview. You will need to arrive on time and dress professionally.

Applicants who are accepted to Year Up will be notified via phone or email. A confirmation of acceptance will be expected from the candidates within two weeks of the date of their letter of acceptance from Year Up.

Fast Track Saturday

If you have already submitted an interest form and want to complete 3 of the 4 steps in the Year Up application process all in one day, attend a Fast Track Saturday at the Downtown Campus office. During the Fast Track Saturday you will attend an information session, complete the online application and take the academic assessment all in one day. For those interested, an optional FAFSA workshop will also take place during the day. See below for details on the next Fast Track Saturday:

  • Saturday, November 18, 11:00 am (Downtown Campus, 223 W. Jackson, Suite 400)

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please feel free to contact an Admissions Representative at 312-726-5300 (Dial 1) or email Recruitment Manager, Faith Nunley, at