UChicago College Admissions

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Hey peeps! My name is Sarah and I am absolutely in love with UChicago and everything about it. Y'all already know why your school is so great so I won't get into the sappy details, but the bottom line is that I yearn to be a UChicago student with every fiber of my being. I know that there is no "average" student at your school, however, what qualities do you look for in applicants and what makes an application stand out? I appreciate your advice; keep doin' what you're doin' :)

Hi internet friend! Glad to hear you think UChicago is so special and rockin’. (It is, so, good call there). But, warning: more information than you probably wanted coming on up!

When I’m reading an application for UChicago, here are some things that help it go in to the “yes” pile (it’s not really a pile so much as a cloud-based theoretical yes resting spot). Note that this isn’t a formula for getting in to UChicago— I’ve read applications for several years and even I couldn’t create an applicant who I could guarantee would get in— but just some things that do help an excited applicant stand out as a student we’d like to admit.

Taking the most challenging options available in your environment, and doing well in that work. This doesn’t mean we care if you took one less AP class because Band and Spanish conflicted or that your GPA is .0001 lower than someone else in your class. (We don’t). This does mean we care to see that, whatever the challenging options are at your high school, you’re taking advantage of them across many areas, and that you’re doing well in that work. UChicago is a rigorous environment, and students who are successful applicants (and are successful once they get on campus, which we care about a lot!) are students who have challenged themselves both in subjects they consider strengths and in other areas. (And note: “available at your school” is key here. We know that many schools have different offerings, and so are never going to expect you to take advantage of options that simply don’t exist in your school or environment). 

Being genuinely interested in a liberal arts-style education. Our Core Curriculum is the intellectual cornerstone of our college. It’s awesome! You get to take courses in a lot of different areas— you’ll explore humanities, social sciences and civilizations, physical/bio sciences, foreign language, the arts, and math. Cool stuff, right! Well, every year we get tons of applications from students— even really great students!— who have not looked in to this side of the College or who really don’t seem like they’d like taking courses outside of their specific interest area. Now, we don’t expect everyone will want to double-major in math and anthropology. We also know that many of you have followed a pretty standard curriculum in high school that didn’t have a lot of room for exploration beyond a few required subjects, so don’t worry if you aren’t able to/ interested in waxing poetic about philosophy to show a genuine interest here. We simply hope that, even if you’re passionate about a particular subject, you think it might be cool and important to take some classes outside of your principal interest area.

Have fun with your essay. We give you those fun prompts for a reason— no, really, you don’t have to write about your summer vacation! We love learning more about how your brain works by seeing what happens when you encounter a question you’ve never been asked before. So yes, you really can write about whatever you want (*within normal bounds of social propriety) and no, it doesn’t have to be a play-by-play recap of all of the clubs of which you’ve been president. (Please. Please don’t make it about that). As we say in our essay instructions: “Take a little risk, and have fun.”

Hope this helps!

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). 

How close were they?

WORDS!

Super Smash Bros. is an institution for many house communities here. Some sweet news for fans of the game from Nintendo.

We tend to think that ice cream is better unmelted but this is mesmerizing.

SCIENCE! A young physics student of yesteryear is enamored with a Tesla Coil in one of her labs.

SCIENCE! A young physics student of yesteryear is enamored with a Tesla Coil in one of her labs.

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

Everyone’s favorite Neil Gaiman has a video game to (finally) be released July 15. 

synopsis via i09

Looks like a blasty blast. 

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. 

Numbers are cool maaaan. 

Sometimes summer’s just for thinkin’
Kids contemplating the lagoon in Washington Park in the early days of the University. 

Sometimes summer’s just for thinkin’

Kids contemplating the lagoon in Washington Park in the early days of the University.