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Logan Center #Repost from @uchicagocollege 

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Logan Center #Repost from @uchicagocollege —- Lazy leg at Logan (Photograph by Gordon Lew, ‘15) #uchicago #uchicagocollege #college #university #Chicago #hydepark #campus #art #media #architecture #glass #beautiful #light #sunset #spring #instagood #instadaily

UChicago friends, Vincent. 

UChicago friends, Vincent

90% of college classes taught outside on fall days, study reports
A new study by the Chicago Consortium on School Research shows that “90% of undergraduate academic coursework is taught outside, primarily on picturesque fall days”. Researchers at the CCSR surveyed admissions view books from over 100 US colleges and universities, noting class styles as they appeared in promotional photographs.
Other popular course styles included “Professor pointing at whiteboard math” and “two students looking intently at the same book”. 

90% of college classes taught outside on fall days, study reports

A new study by the Chicago Consortium on School Research shows that “90% of undergraduate academic coursework is taught outside, primarily on picturesque fall days”. Researchers at the CCSR surveyed admissions view books from over 100 US colleges and universities, noting class styles as they appeared in promotional photographs.

Other popular course styles included “Professor pointing at whiteboard math” and “two students looking intently at the same book”. 

UChicago Announces Common Essay Questions for 2014-2015

In the spirit of unadventurous inquiry, student applicants to the Class of 2019 will be asked to respond, briefly, to one of the following prompts. We guess.

  • From bed to couch, front yard to back yard, reruns of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to new episodes of Judge Judy, every school-free summer is special. Tell us: what did you do on your summer vacation?
  • If you could be the president of any school club, of which school club would you be president, and why?
  • Select an inspirational quote from inspirational-quotes.info, and describe, in great detail, its relevance to your life. 
  • Sports: yes or no?
  • We’ve all had the experience of having to take the stairs. Tell us about one time when you had to take the stairs. Inspired by Daniel C, AB ‘10.
  • In lieu of an essay, please submit one (1) selfie. 
  • If you were reaching for the moon, but instead you fell among the stars, how would you feel? 
  • Please write an acrostic poem for which the anchor word is “COLLEGE”. 
  • What was your favorite standardized test question? Please feel free to reflect on the entirety of your standardized test taking experience.
  • Books are alright. Which ones do you like?

[Note: ok, yes, we admit it now— this was a little April Fools day joke! Look forward to seeing our real prompts coming up in early Summer, and we’d like to lovingly and respectfully note that submitting one (1) selfie DOES NOT constitute writing your own prompt.]

Advice for Waitlisted Students

We know many of you are wondering what you might be able to do after receiving a waitlist decision. Here are some (hopefully helpful) tips and bits of information I have for waitlisted students wondering “where do I go from here?”

First and foremost…

-          Take a second to pause, relax, enjoy a delicious food treat, and think about something that isn’t college just for a moment. I promise: it will help!

OK, now for the facts!

-          The only thing you need to do to be considered part of our waiting list is to accept your place on the waitlist through your UChicago Account. And, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to remain on our wait list! If you have been accepted to a college you would prefer to attend, it is OK to decline your place on the waiting list, too, and this can also be done through your UChicago account.

-          We do hope to be able to admit students off of the waitlist, but do not know how many students we will be able to admit. In past years, our ability to take students from our waiting list has ranged widely, from zero to many dozens of students.

  • Remember, our ability to take students off of the waitlist this year is independent of our ability to do so in past years—when we know we will have more beds in our dorms than admitted students deciding to attend to fill them, we offer those places to students on our waiting list.

-          Our waitlist is not ranked, meaning that no priority or placement is given to certain students on our waitlist vs. other students. You have a place in a pool of students who have been waitlisted rather than a ranked position in a line.

-          We do not yet know if or when we will be able to extend offers of admission to students off of the waiting list. Therefore, it is imperative that waitlisted students accept and secure a place at a school to which you have been accepted by May 1, the national reply date for all colleges. We strongly encourage you to look carefully and thoughtfully at your options, and to find a place at a school that will be a good intellectual, social, and financial fit for you should UChicago not become an option.

-          You may wish to indicate your continued interest in UChicago by emailing your regional admissions counselor. It only advised to send a brief email indicating that UChicago is still a top choice for you, and it’s ok to wait to do this—we strongly encourage you to wait, consider the other options you have as further decisions roll in, and then decide whether or not UChicago remains your top choice with knowledge of your other amazing possibilities. Submitting other additional material such as recommendation letters, additional essays, etc is not necessary, nor do we recommend doing so.

-          We strongly discourage waitlisted students from visiting campus. Your likelihood of admission from the waiting list is not affected by a campus visit, and we won’t be able to offer you any additional information here that we couldn’t otherwise offer you by phone or by email. We want to encourage you and your parents to use your time, resources, and energy to visit schools to which you have been accepted, so that you can determine which of your (likely awesome!) options will be the best fit for you.  

Because of the University of Chicago I have a group of the most intelligent and creative friends imaginable. I can turn to them with any question, and I know I will for years to come.
Julia Simon, AB’09
It’s finals season here on campus, so lots of coffee will be consumed in the next week and a half.

It’s finals season here on campus, so lots of coffee will be consumed in the next week and a half.

UChicago Dirt Red Brass Band

Decisions posted

Decisions for 2014 Regular Decision (or Early Action deferred) students have been posted in your UChicago account. You may sign in to your account to view your admissions decision.

As we’ve noted on our homepage, we want to take this moment to say “thank you” — you are ALL amazing.  You have challenged yourselves to explore the meaning of history, see the world through the eyes of an arthropod, and successfully explain a joke without ruining it. You are among the most brilliant, ambitious, and academically qualified students in the world. We feel privileged to have shared in your ideas and your accomplishments.

We know not all students will be receiving the decisions they had hoped to receive today. We do not offer an appeal process for denied students. We will post further information and advice for waitlisted students soon. 

Architecture

Architecture

uchicagocollege:

UChicago reflected (Photograph by Gordon Lew ‘15) #uchicago #uchicagocollege #college #university #Chicago #campus #beautiful #reflection #gothic #architecture #blue #instagood #igdaily (at University of Chicago Quad)

uchicagocollege:

UChicago reflected (Photograph by Gordon Lew ‘15) #uchicago #uchicagocollege #college #university #Chicago #campus #beautiful #reflection #gothic #architecture #blue #instagood #igdaily (at University of Chicago Quad)

If this gargoyle could talk, he would say “I am so over this winter”.

If this gargoyle could talk, he would say “I am so over this winter”.

Want to know more about our College Houses? Check out this awesome video hand-drawn (on a whiteboard!) by Admissions office cool cat Frank P. 

UChicago late winter staples from Polyvore.

UChicago late winter staples from Polyvore.

It’s an important question!