Odyssey is UChicago’s distinct model for tackling economic obstacles to education for hard-working students of intellectual promise and financial need.
As the first of my family to attend college, I faced some of the challenges that first-generation students encounter. It is far more complicated today. Odyssey tackles the complex social and economic obstacles to achievement through a coordinated system of support, integrating college readiness, admissions, financial aid, and career development initiatives.
We recruit talented young people, without regard to economic status, and train them in a liberal arts curriculum that fosters confidence and competence, pushing students to articulate their goals, value their strengths, and advance their careers.
By dismantling barriers to a preeminent education, Odyssey empowers students to raise the bar for their own success in a supportive community that encourages peer mentorship and personal growth.
Paired with the University’s rigorous liberal arts education, Odyssey strengthens the University’s core commitment to merit, self-achievement, and disciplined work.