UChicago College Admissions

We’re proud that our essay questions are considered “extremely bizarre”! Check out the full list of our 2014-2015 supplement essay questions at the story above or online here

My limestone cube bailed me out of jams a bunch of times.

New on the blog!

A post by admissions officer Grace on how to tackle our uncommon essay questions. Check it out here

The Common Application is live!

Happy August 1! You can now begin working on your Common Application to UChicago (or any number of other partner schools) online at commonapp.org.

UChicago accepts either the Common App or the Universal Application for undergraduate applicants (you only need to do one, and we have no preference between the two options). 

As a reminder, our Early Action deadline is November 1, and our regular decision deadline is January 1. (And, there’s no need to rush— we don’t start reading applications until after November 1, so feel free to take your time and submit when everything is polished and ready to go). 

When's the best time to start the FAFSA and create a common app account?

We accept both the Common Application and the Universal College Application— either is a fine way to apply to UChicago! The Universal Application is open now; you can start working on the Common Application on August 1. 

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available on January 1, 2015 for students who will begin college in Fall 2015. (We need your parents’ most recent tax information to be able to give you an accurate financial aid package, which is why you have to wait a bit longer for the FAFSA). In the meantime, you can use our Net Price Calculator to get a sneak peek of what your UChicago aid package might look like. 

We’ve given the College Catalog a visual update that should be prettier to look at and easier to use. Scope out all our programs of study and next years classes!

Hey guys, I'm a rising senior and I've just started on my question to defeat the notorious college essay. I can't seem to get a handle on them. Everything I write seems to come out plastic-y, if that makes any sense. So UChicago, are there any common elements in the totally smashing essays that you've read? If not, do you guys have any tips? Thanks a bunch!! - Amy W.

We liked Amy’s question so much we wrote a whole long blog post about it with advice for writing college personal statements. Check it out here! 

UChicago Uncommon Blog: Tips for that pesky personal statement

The Universal App is live! 
We know you’ve been dying to get your hands on the Universal College Application for UChicago. It’s available to work on now at universalcollegeapp.com. Don’t worry— Early Action applications aren’t due until November 1, so no need to rush. And, as always, you can get a head start on your UChicago Supplement by visiting getstarted.uchicago.edu 

The Universal App is live! 

We know you’ve been dying to get your hands on the Universal College Application for UChicago. It’s available to work on now at universalcollegeapp.com. Don’t worry— Early Action applications aren’t due until November 1, so no need to rush. And, as always, you can get a head start on your UChicago Supplement by visiting getstarted.uchicago.edu 

Join summer tour guides Steve, Austin, and their cool balloon hats on campus Thursday for our Summer Information Day! Register at tinyurl.com/uchisummer. 

Join summer tour guides Steve, Austin, and their cool balloon hats on campus Thursday for our Summer Information Day! Register at tinyurl.com/uchisummer

Ask us anything!

Well, almost anything. We have a few current students and an admissions officer who are happy to answer questions about UChicago (or the college application process generally) in our inbox. So, ask away! If you’d prefer your question be answered privately, let us know— sometimes we do post questions and responses in our feed if we feel it’s something others could benefit from knowing, too. 

UChicago Accounts: Open yours early!

As some of you know already, this year, UChicago will be accepting either the Common Application (open August 1) OR the Universal Application (open July 1). It’s an either-or option for you— you should choose only one method of submission, and we have no preference between the two. 

This year, we are opening up the option for you to create an account with our website and begin working on portions of your UChicago Supplement early— even before the Common Application and Universal Application are open. Here’s some deets:

-          You may create a UChicago Account at getstarted.uchicago.edu

-          You may create an account before you begin the Common Application or Universal Application OR we will create an account for you after you start the Common or Universal Application

-          The UChicago Supplement can be found and submitted in the UChicago Account. There is no advantage to you to submitting your supplement this early in the summer, so no need to rush— we just want you to be able to get a head start if you’d like to. 

-          Students using the Common Application can submit the supplement either through a UChicago Account OR through the Common App Website. Students Using the Universal App may only submit the supplement in their UChicago account. You will still need to complete either the Common Application or Universal Application in addition to our supplement for us to be able to consider your application. 

Any questions? Feel free to send them to our inbox, or to call or email us at collegeadmissions@uchicago.edu / 773-702-8650. 

Did you know that UChicago admissions officers travel the country to bring you information about both the College and the highly selective college admissions process throughout the summer? Check here for a list of events coming up in a variety of areas (and check back— we’re adding more over the next few weeks!)

whitehouse:
President Obama and Tumblr founder David Karp are about to kick off a Q&A on college affordability live from the White House. Tune in at 4 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.Tumblr.com

whitehouse:

President Obama and Tumblr founder David Karp are about to kick off a Q&A on college affordability live from the White House. Tune in at 4 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.Tumblr.com

It’s finals week, and those of you with kitties in your apartments (sorry, not allowed in your dorms!) might be experiencing something like this…
Comic from catvshuman.com. 

It’s finals week, and those of you with kitties in your apartments (sorry, not allowed in your dorms!) might be experiencing something like this…

Comic from catvshuman.com

Share this with your parents, then given them a hug!