1998bl11 said: if there is one specific quality that UChicago is looking for in a student, what would it be?
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cereyeols said: what does u chicago think of students who applies to the school after a gap year (given that the student has started projects, taken initiatives and have done something productive)? are there disadvantages of applying after you have graduated? thank you so much!
We realize many students find value in taking a year off between school and starting college, and as long as you’ve used your time productively, are very open to applications from students who are on gap years. In the “Additional Information” section of the Common App, we encourage you to let us know how you’ve spent your time on your year off.
For students who are juniors or seniors and considering a gap year: we are also very able to allow students to defer their admission (for up to two years) to travel, volunteer, work, or complete military/religious/social service obligations. Even if you know you are planning to take a gap year, it can often be easier for you to get your recommendations and transcript in line and to apply when you’re a senior rather than waiting until you’re on your gap year to apply— so know that we are open to admitting students and then allowing them to take time off, too!
malaiser said: Should the "favorite things" essay be an actual essay, or can it be a list? Is any format preferred over the other?
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!
ktt said: Do you look at an applicant's Common App essay (mainly I'm wondering if I could write about something in my UChicago supplement that was also brought up in my Common App essay without it being redundant)?
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]
camifilipina said: I (presumably) have really good rec letters from my art and English teachers, both of which I have gotten very close with and, out of all the adults in my life, know me best as a student and a person. Is it still necessary for me to get a rec letter from a math/science teacher that does not know me very well to be considered for admission?
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!
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On pronouncing the subspecies Potentilla glandulosa: “Yes, ‘glandulosahh’ is a good pronunciation. Or if you’re Hermione, it’s glandulOHHsa.” — Overheard at UChicago
acecattorney said: About how many words (roughly) should each of the 3 supplemental writings be? I find the 500KB document limit a little bit vague and I'm not sure if I've written too much overall... Thanks so much for answering these questions!
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.
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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.
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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!