We’re open here— I generally suggest to describe things slightly more than you might in a list, though. It’s not that a list is strictly worse than an essay, but that we’re using this prompt to try and get to know you a little bit more— so hearing why you like certain things is often really nice, too!
Yes, we do read your common application essay— so we usually encourage students to talk about something different (or at least to discuss the topic in a different way) between the Common App essay and our supplemental essay.
Nobel Laureate and UChicago alumnus Dr. James Watson came to campus on Thursday to say a few words for our newest sculpture, a young Charles Darwin at the Biological Sciences Learning Center.
[Photo via National Institute of Health]
Hello camifilipina! We ask our students to have at least two academic letters of recommendation. That means your English teacher’s letter is completely fine, but you will need one more letter of recommendation from a teacher in an academic subject (which, does not necessarily need to be math or science). However, we also welcome and encourage you to send the letter from your art teacher in addition to your other two (academic) letters. Hope that helps!
Paleobiology/Geology, University of Chicago
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We usually suggest that the “Why Chicago” and “Favorite Things” essays are between 250-300 words, or around 1-2 paragraphs. The extended supplement essay on one of our “Uncommon prompts” can be a bit longer; I suggest 1-2 pages single or double spaced (2 pages double spaced verging in to the “too long” side of things). These aren’t hard and fast rules, so a few more words is totally fine— but be nice to us, we read lots of essays each year and total information overload can be a bit overwhelming.
Welcome all entrepreneurs!
UChicago celebrated the opening of the Chicago Innovation Exchange, “a new innovation hub in Hyde Park that will provide resources for UChicago faculty and students and local entrepreneurs to turn their discoveries and ideas into business startups.”
Check out their website here! https://cie.uchicago.edu/
UChicago’s first-years rank second in a new list of the happiest freshmen in the US.
Pictured: Students on the quad during Scav Hunt, 2012. (Photography by Jason Smith)
This past weekend, the 2014 Chicago Marathon in hosted almost 45,000 runners from all around the world. Over 1 million people came to watch and cheer on the runners, many of which were UChicago students!
If nothing else, we have a campus that looks good, snow or shine.
We think this is SoTrueChicago.
Victor Garcia of CALJE performs for the annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, held right here on the Midway! The Festival features some of the best musicians from around the world, and it’s free and open to all students and Hyde Park residents.
Check out this incredible event for next year here.
[Photo via Marc Monaghan on Flickr]