Each year, talented middle and high school Dreamers from across the nation come to a college campus to engage in a number of activities aimed at college readiness. The Dreamers live in college dorms, eat in the dining hall and attend workshops in college classrooms. The workshops are all aimed at reinforcing the goal of college success by emphasizing topics such as academic persistence, career exploration, and financial literacy, while the social activities are designed to foster a sense of unity amongst Dreamers from around the country. For many of our Dreamers, attending Dream UP (University Prep) is their first experience traveling out of state, and with their peers. Over the past 15 years we have organized this college immersion experience across the country and Dreamers have learned about universities such as Boston College, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Illinois at Chicago, Drake University, and American University.

Dream UP (University Prep) is an opportunity for Dreamers not only to continue striving for academic and college success, but also to experience college first-hand, fine-tune career goals, and give back through civic engagement. Dreamers will accomplish all of this with an opportunity to explore a new part of the United States while participating in fun-filled activities in age-appropriate college and career tracks. They return home armed with the tools needed to make college success a reality, and eager to share what they have learned with their peers.

This year, Dream UP (University Prep) will be hosted with our Los Angeles affiliate at Loyola Marymount University from July 11th through July 15th, 2017.  See here for corporate sponsorship opportunities. 

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Photos & testimonials from past years

  • “I made many new friendships and got more knowledge on college and the process.”

    - Anastasia, 12th Grade, Denver

  • “I really learned a lot and I thought it was super fun!”

    - Jesse, 7th Grade, Boulder

  • “I was able not to only make great friendships but, in the process able to discover who I truly was inside.”

    - Tatyana, 11th Grade, Newark

  • “During the Conference we went over many things that I will take with me forever.”

    - Shayla, 10th Grade, Miami Beacon