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).
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 email@example.com / 773-702-8650.
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.
(and sorry but you gotta hold on just a little bit longer, it is not late afternoon yet)
EA Decision Release Date Wednesday, Dec. 18th
If the mantis shrimp can see everything, can he also see your admissions decision in advance? Probably not, alas.
But we have some good news—decisions will be released to your UChicago Account in the late afternoon on December 18th. We will also mail admitted student materials the following week. Deferred and denied students will not receive notification by mail.
Thanks as always for your hard work and patience, and please be reminded we cannot give decisions by phone, email, or any other means of communication except for the letter in your UChicago Account or in the mail.
Any tips for managing the complete panic of the days leading up to EA decisions?
1. Go get a hot chocolate and ask them to put a little almond syrup in there. (It’s magicalllll).
2. Pet your cat. Or someone else’s cat. If you’re allergic to cats, maybe skip this one.
3. Send your friend a fake Hogwarts acceptance letter. Training an owl to deliver it through their chimney should take a while, right?
4. Learn why “Don’t panic!” is a fun phrase by finally getting around to reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.
5. Several people in our office are obsessed with a (great) show called Bob’s Burgers. Marathon it!
6. Have you heard of Scav Hunt? Have you read any Scav Hunt items? Have you read every Scav Hunt item ever? http://scavhunt.uchicago.edu/yore.html
7. Recreate some old childhood photos.
8. Eat candy! Candy is delicious and good for you (if the University of Chicago says this, it has to be true…right?)
9. Do you have a turtle? I bet it’s cold in this weather. Knit it a turtle cozy!
10. For realsies: don’t worry. You’re going to get in to college somewhere this year; maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday (yes, this is a Simpsons reference). You are all are smart, talented, awesome people and while we know these few weeks (hey, this year) can be stressful, take a step back, relax, and remember: you rock!
The Common Application
Tomorrow, August 1st, the Common App goes LIVE! That means students can begin applying to any colleges that use the online Common Application. We wish all of you good luck with your applications! We are here if you have any questions along the way.
Regular Decision Release Date
If you applied to UChicago regular decision or are a deferred Early Action applicant, you’ll be able to view your admissions decision in your UChicago account next Friday, March 15 in the afternoon. Woohoo!
What additional measures should I consider when applying as a homeschooled student?
Great question! If you are a homeschooled student, in addition to the required Homeschool Supplement to the Common Application, we encourage you to send in additional materials beyond the scope of our general application. While these tests are not required for non-homeschool applicants, it can be helpful for us to review supplemental testing— such as SAT-2 subject tests or AP scores— from homeschooled applicants. Some homeschoolers will be taught in a cooperative style or online program that grants a transcript; while this is not required, please do submit this material if your schooling option provides it. We also encourage homeschooled students to request an interview (either on campus or with an alum in your area— either is fine). Additionally, it can be very helpful for us to receive additional recommendations from persons outside of your immediate instruction circle, or who know you in person if your main method of instruction is online or by correspondence. If you feel you have connected with a summer program instructor, service organization leader, internship mentor, clergy person, etc, we would welcome a recommendation from that person.
Homeschooled students should feel free to check out the information available for homeschooled students on our website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.
Important: EA application deadline extension
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy we are extending our Early Action deadline past November 1st. We will extend our Early Application deadline for those of you affected by Hurricane Sandy (aka “Frankenstorm”). As we are still unsure how long and how severely this storm may impact different areas of the country, we will allow affected students to submit their Early Action applications, including your Common Application and Supplement, when it is feasible to do so after November 1. Please rest assured that if you are adversely affected by the storm we will happily receive your materials after November 1 with no penalty to you.
Note: this is updated from our earlier statement as the storm appears to be more severe than expected in many areas. For those affected: stay safe, and submit your application when it is possible to do so, even if after November 1.
An update on question-asking on the UChicagoAdmissions Tumblr
Oh mah Phoenix, guys, we’re so excited with the volume and quality of the questions we’ve been receiving in our inbox. We receive about 20 (!) questions every day (and the volume is only increasing as our application deadline draws nearer!), and it’s getting to the point where it is impossible for us to respond to every anonymous question we receive in our feed (fun fact: we must post the answer to your question in our feed to respond if you ask anonymously, which is useful in some cases, but would lead to us filling our feed only with questions if we responded to every question we receive). So, in an effort to make sure everyone’s question receives a personal response during this, the most stressful of application seasons, we have disabled anonymous questions in our inbox and humbly request that you ask non-anonymously so that we may respond to you directly, and promptly. We will still post answers to commonly asked questions in our feed. If you’d prefer, you are also welcome to email in your questions to collegeadmissions@uchicago,edu, email@example.com (for international applicants), or to contact your regional admissions counselor directly.
Please note: We do not have the time or the desire to match your Tumblr information with your application information, so please don’t worry that we’ll creep in that way— we’re in this for the business of getting your questions answered, and not being weird, we promise.
If I'm applying for financial aid should I apply when I'm working on the Common App. or should i only apply if I am accepted?
We figured we’d get this one out of the way by itself since it is important: apply for aid when you apply for admission. We encourage any student who is interested in applying for financial aid to do so at the time you submit your application. Although it is a bit of work, applying for aid as a domestic student does not impact your likelihood of acceptance, and doing so when you apply makes it more likely that you will receive your aid decision when you receive your admissions decision. For more information about applying for need-based financial aid (such as required forms, our Net Price calculator, and financial aid application timelines), please see here.
Feel free to let us know if you have any last questions before the dreaded May 1 reply date. We’re waiting wistfully for you to come hang out with us!