UChicago College Admissions
Just a quick note

Thank you all for putting in so much time, humor, creativity, and effort into your applications! No matter what your admissions decision was today, you are going at attend the college that is right for you and you are going to excel. You have made it so far and you have a lot to be proud of!

Class of 2018 Early Action Decisions Released

First of all, thank you for the time and effort you put forth in your UChicago application. We’ve laughed at your jokes, we’ve contemplated your mantis shrimp, we’ve even cried a little (yes, we do have the full range of human emotions!) at some particularly touching essays, and once again, we’ve found that UChicago continues to attract AWESOME students. This year’s applicants have come from across the globe, united by a compelling interest in learning and the power of ideas. Rest assured—no matter your admission decision, these traits will serve you well.

You can now view your decision in your UChicago Account<link>.  Paper mailings are sent only to admitted students. 

What Decisions Mean


Admit: Congratulations! You have until May 1 to reply to the University of Chicago. Just a friendly reminder: students are placed into the housing assignment queue based on the date of payment of their enrollment deposit. You can connect with your fellow students via the UChicago Admitted Student portal.

Defer: A defer means that we are not granting you acceptance at this time, but we will review your application again in the winter.

Our deferral list is not ranked, and historically about 10% of deferred students are admitted in the Regular Decision pool. If UChicago remains your top choice, here is some advice on what to do next:

Do:

+ Have your school send us a “mid-year report.” Occasionally, students are deferred because we want to see these senior year grades. If you have new testing, be sure to send those scores as well.

+ Send an email to your regional counselor. This should be a thoughtful paragraph or two specifying why UChicago remains your first choice. There are no hard deadlines, but keep in mind we will release decisions in March.

+ Continue your college search. UChicago represents just one school in a sea of incredible institutions of higher learning. At the end of this process you’re going to end up with an incredible place to call home; we encourage you to keep your options open, and to work with the college counselor at your school to identify other institutions where you’ll wind up being an awesome fit.

+ Optional: You may upload supplemental materials directly to your Portfolio in your UChicago Account. This is not necessary, but if you do have additional material you’d like to share, you are welcome to upload it.


Don’t:

+ Book an overnight flight to Chicago. While we always enjoy welcoming students to campus, we do not make decisions based on whether or not a student has visited. Besides, there’s nothing we can tell you in person that we couldn’t do over phone or email.

+Start writing all-new essays. We have determined that the application you sent us originally is a strong one—we just need a little more time and context to make our decisions. We evaluate applicants’ original application materials after they are deferred, considering the small new additions we suggest above, but do not require or recommend that students resubmit essays or provide additional letters of recommendation.

+ Panic. An admissions decision is not an evaluation of you as a person. Decisions are made over a long period of time, by several people, with some conversation, taking into account our entire applicant pool. Perhaps a star cellist applies and is fully qualified for UChicago, but this year our orchestra is already busting as the seams with cellists (note to all Regular Decision cellists: this is purely hypothetical)! Or perhaps it’s just a great year to be an anthropology major. Please keep in mind that we cannot give reasons for decisions over the phone or via email, as it really is impossible to condense the conversations behind our decisions in a way that would be adequate or helpful to you as an applicant.

Deny: This is your final decision. There is no appeal process, and it is not possible to reapply during Regular Decision.

 

Looking Forward

As a student who identified UChicago as an option for yourself, you are a rockstar—regardless of your admissions decision.We know not everyone comes away from decision time in a highly selective admissions process feeling amazing, but we know everyone in our applicant pool will wind up finding a school that is an awesome fit for you, and a great place for you to spend four years. 

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.

Early Action Applications Due TODAY!

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Yes. Today is the day. We are looking forward to reading all of your EA applications, and we are sure you are just as excited to submit them (and be done with them)!

fyuchicago:

Good news for those of you applying EA! The deadline has been extended to November 8th. Make those applications shiny!

The application deadline has been extended for everyone (not just those experiencing technical difficulties!). Get in your EA applications by November 8th.

fyuchicago:

Good news for those of you applying EA! The deadline has been extended to November 8th. Make those applications shiny!

The application deadline has been extended for everyone (not just those experiencing technical difficulties!). Get in your EA applications by November 8th.

I know, I'm sorry, I should know this but I couldn't find the answer on your website so I have to turn to Tumblr... My question is, what's the advantage of applying Early Action?

What a great question, my friend! And we have a plethora of answers:

1.     You’ll be entitled to making Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney’s famous "Not Impressed" face to anyone who did not apply early.

2.     Once you’ve submitted your application, you can spend your free time sending us backronyms for ‘PSAC’ (backronyms: a phrase constructed intentionally with a particular acronym — for example, Proudly Statuesque Avocado Connoisseurs). 

3.     You can reward yourself with a pumpkin spice latte, a pumpkin spice muffin, or another of the multitude of pumpkin spice-flavored delicacies.  

4.     Here’s a taste of the feeling you’ll get when you get that application finished.

5.     Spend some time this winter teaching your pet to talk. Think it’s impossible? Don’t scoff. Inform yourself.

6.     Finishing your EA app will give you more time to plan your presidential election. We know you want to run in 2016.

7.     Unlike guar gumcovalent forcesthis clip, or this festival, UChicago’s early action is non-binding.

8.     You can raft to New Zealand Kon-Tiki style to catch the premiere of The Hobbit.

9.     Decisions are sent out in mid-December, so if you apply early, you’ll have a shot at being admitted  before christmahannukwanzadan.

10.   Imagine how good it will feel to click ‘Submit’ on your application and then bust out that horse-riding dance from the Gangnam Style video

Finish Our Supplement!

Still putting off your UChicago supplement? You should be like Patrick and set aside a weekend to complete your applications and essays.

Anxious for early action decisions to come out? 
Pop some virtual bubblewrap to pass the time. 

Anxious for early action decisions to come out? 

Pop some virtual bubblewrap to pass the time. 

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. 

 

Class of 2016 Decisions Released

First of all, thank you for the time and effort you put forth in your UChicago application. Who knew how much Plato has had to do with Play-Doh! Once again we found that UChicago attracts highly impressive candidates from across the globe with a compelling interest in learning and the power of ideas. Rest assured—no matter your admission decision, these traits will serve you well.

You can now view your decision in your UChicago Account.  Paper mailings will only be sent to Admitted students.

What Decisions Mean


Admit: Congratulations! You have until May 1 to reply to the University of Chicago. Just a friendly reminder: students are placed into the housing assignment queue based on the date of payment of their enrollment deposit. You can connect with your fellow students via the UChicago Admitted Student portal.

Defer: A defer means that we are not granting you acceptance at this time, but we will review your application again in the winter.

Our deferral list is not ranked, and historically about 10% of deferred students are admitted in the Regular Decision pool. If UChicago remains your top choice, here is some advice on what to do next:

Do:

+ Have your school send us a “mid-year report.” Occasionally, students are deferred because we want to see these senior year grades. If you have new testing, be sure to send those scores as well.

+ Send an email to your regional counselor. This should be a thoughtful paragraph or two specifying why UChicago remains your first choice. There are no hard deadlines, but keep in mind we will release decisions in March.

+ Continue your college search. UChicago represents just one school in a sea of incredible institutions of higher learning. At the end of this process you’re going to end up with an incredible place to call home.

+ Optional: You can continue to upload supplemental materials directly to your Portfolio in your UChicago Account. 


Don’t:

+ Book an overnight flight to Chicago. While we always enjoy welcoming students to campus, we do not make decisions based on whether or not a student has visited. Besides, there’s nothing we can tell you in person that we couldn’t do over phone or email.

+ Panic. An admissions decision is not an evaluation of you as a person. Decisions are made over a long period of time, by several people, with some conversation, taking into account the entire applicant pool. Perhaps a star cellist applies and is fully qualified for UChicago, but this year our orchestra is already busting as the seams with cellists (note to all Regular Decision cellists: this is purely hypothetical). Therefore, please keep in mind that we cannot give reasons for decisions over the phone or via email, as it really is impossible to condense the conversations behind our decisions in a way that would be adequate or helpful to the applicant.

Deny: This is your final decision. There is no appeal process, and it’s not possible to reapply during Regular Decision.

Looking Forward


Also, a new calendar year is upon us! So break out that resolution book. This year marks a great change. High school (and its derivatives) will soon be a distant, Gossip-Girl induced memory. Resolve to make the most of what you have left, and enjoy time spent with friends and family. Finally, always remember to nurture your love of learning. Unlike UChicago’s Meat Institute, a well-tuned mind is sure to stand the test of time.

Click the link for a blog post describing how you will be able to access your admissions decision on the 19th.

ViewChicago
What are you doing at 4pm CST? Watching your questions being answered by our admissions officers, that&#8217;s what. It&#8217;s here, it&#8217;s live, and it&#8217;s funny. 
Email viewchicago@uchicago.edu with your questions, and tweet us with the hashtag #ViewChicago. 

ViewChicago

What are you doing at 4pm CST? Watching your questions being answered by our admissions officers, that’s what. It’s here, it’s live, and it’s funny. 

Email viewchicago@uchicago.edu with your questions, and tweet us with the hashtag #ViewChicago

Evan’s Phoenix Tip: Relax

Edit: We will soon be alerting those students who are not showing up as “complete” in our system. Students will be able access a checklist in their UChicago Accounts. Students will have until 5:00 pm on November 18th to submit these materials with no penalty. Be patient as we process this high volume of materials, remember the theme here is RELAX, and if you have questions, please email collegeadmissions@uchicago.edu

Attention Early Application Applicants! We have some amazing news that we think you’re going to love: please relax. Applying to college can be stressful, but with a little planning and patience, we’ll all get through this together. Here’s some advice:

++ If we’re missing something from you, we will tell you. You do NOT need to call, email, fax, Tweet, or tumble our office to inquire about your application materials. In fact, we don’t download most of this information from our servers until a few days after the deadline.

++ You’ll be able to view all application materials in your UChicago Account. However, please be patient—we anticipate this service will be available mid-November. If your application remains incomplete, we will send you an email.

++ Thousands of students try to submit their application 10 minutes before the deadline. While we don’t anticipate any problems, that kind of traffic can be problematic. While we’ll still accept late submissions, save yourself the stress and hit “submit” earlier in the day.

++ Don’t worry about the “time stamp” on your application. UChicago students are applying all over the world, and often students ask in what “time zone” the deadline falls. Answer: just hit submit as soon as your application is ready.

++ It can take up to 48 hours to retrieve your UChicago Account informationYou can access your account anytime by signing in with the box in the upper-right hand corner of the Admissions Website. Remember to save your email and password.


This is all to say: RELAX. We’re looking to read applications from all qualified students, and we will not penalize you for technical glitches or improper mail delivery. Just please be patient, plan ahead, and enjoy the fact that the happiness of college is right around the corner.

Important EA Application Announcement: Storm and Fax

Many Early Action applicants in the Eastern United States have expressed concern about missing our deadline due to the extreme weather conditions and power outages that have affected that area. We would like to reassure those applicants: we understand, and we encourage you to send in your UChicago Early Action application by Monday, November 7, 2011.

This is NOT meant as an application extension for all students. Please take advantage of this extension only if your area has recently been adversely affected by power outages or extreme weather.

Further, a notice on faxing: we are currently experiencing problems with our main fax machine. Please send all faxes to 773-834-5297.