We would like to welcome all of the new students who arrived on campus yesterday. Take this week to learn more about UChicago, make friends, explore the amazing city of Chicago, and most importantly, HAVE FUN! We are so excited to have you and bring you into our little community.
Hyde Park’s Seminary Co-op Bookstore is not merely a bookstore. It is a community. It is a small town. It is a church, a sacred place.
…so says renowned legal scholar/former UChicago professor/Co-Op member Cass Sunstein in what he calls a “love letter” to our store, which ran in the chicagotribune yesterday. Touched, honored, misty-eyed - we are all of these things and more.
Great to see one of our local bookstores getting some love!
Hello there! How do admissions officers select applicants from their pool to admit? Will earlier applicants have a better chance because there are fewer applicants admitted before them, or are they all selected at the same time when all applications have been reviewed? Thanks so much for your help!!!
We begin reading applications just after our application deadline, and each application is reviewed several times before final determinations are made in an admissions committee toward the end of our application cycle. So, there’s no advantage/disadvantage in terms of when we wind up reading your application in our cycle— everyone’s final decision is made in our admissions committee.
We’re trying something a little new at the Uncommon Blog: interviews with UChicagoans who do cool things, talking about those cool things! This time we talked with Maya Handa and Becky Stoner, editors-in-chief of the Chicago Shady Dealer.
Thanks for answering my question! To clarify, the suggested word limit for the extended essay is around 500 words, and the "Why UChicago" essay is also 500 words? I'm a little confused about what people have been referring to when they say "supplement essay" vs "extended essay."
Good clarifying question! When we refer to the “extended essay”, we’re talking about one of the “fun prompt” essays— so, our suggestion is around 500-1,000 words for one of the five prompts like “What’s so odd about odd numbers?”, etc.
The other essays on the supplement, such as the “Why Chicago” essay, are welcome to be shorter— somewhere on the order of 250-300 words.
Are you applying to UChicago this year? We’ve opened up the ability to request an alumni interview through your UChicago Account. Create your account (or login to your already-created account) online here: getstarted.uchicago.edu
2 questions, or maybe 3, if you count the metaquestion as a separate one: 1. do you superscore both the SAT and ACT if we send both sets of tests. 2. Does the extended essay carry more weight than the common app essay and the two paragraph-long tidbits. Thank you!
We can superscore both the ACT and the SAT if you send both, and basically will always consider the best score you send us regardless of which tests you take since we know some students have strengths that will lend toward one test or another (so, if your ACT superscore is for some reason a lot better than your SAT, congrats, we’re lookin’ at the ACT).
We read all essays in our admissions process; the essays required on our supplement are usually a better indication of your fit for UChicago than the Common App essay can or is meant to be, but we still read the Common App essay and consider it as well.
Exactly how big is the coffee culture at UChicago? How does it show up in a typical student's (or admission's officer's) life? (Sorry, I'm a bit of a coffee nut!)
It’s kind of hard to answer a question about “coffee culture” at the University, because I’m not used to thinking about our abundance of coffee shops on campus as a “culture.” But we certainly have a lot of resources to satisfy your caffeine jones, and between the college, various graduate schools, and the hospital, a lot of people looking for a fix. This means that practically anywhere on the main campus, you’ll never be more that 100 yards away from some kind of coffee retailer, and almost never more that 200 yards away from one of our five student-run cafes. These shops, most located in odd corners of everyday academic buildings, serve roasts from local companies like Metropolis, Bow Truss, and Collectivo, and are also great places to meet a TA, a professor, or a potential love interest. So I don’t know about a culture, exactly, perhaps it’s more of a scene, but whatever your terminology there’s no dearth of coffee at UChicago.
And, in the process, they created a nation of readers.
Want to read an uplifting, optimistic, and just plain amazing story about history? Then check out this article in The Atlantic about how publishing companies delivered millions of paperbacks to US servicemen and completely revolutionized popular literacy in America.
“You have to have the mindset of a willingness to experiment, a willingness to fail at those times, that if you’re going to be successful and creative, you have to try a lot of things and you have to recognize that not everything is going to work. If your mindset is that failure won’t be tolerated, you’re not going to have an innovative workplace.”—
Joe Mansueto, AB’78, MBA’80, founder, chairman and CEO of Morningstar, Inc., and founder of Mansueto Ventures, publisher of Inc. and Fast Company (via uchicagomag)
Follow his advice, folks. He has a library named after him.
College application season is getting in to full swing. We’re here to help with your questions, whether tiny or big, UChicago-specific or not. So, have you needed someone to clarify the difference between EA and ED? Have you been secretly pretending to know what ”superscore” means this whole time? Want to know which coffee shop is our favorite? Ask away in our inbox! (Feel free to let us know if you’d prefer a private response in your message; we sometimes post responses to questions publicly if we feel other students will benefit from knowing the answer to your question, too!)