Why is UChicago's acceptance rate so high?

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By Delirious (Delirious) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 12:43 am: Edit

Anyone know? It's a mindblowing 42%.

By Clickspring (Clickspring) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 01:02 am: Edit

Because not many students apply there. It's still really hard to get in despite that statistic.

By Binks (Binks) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 01:03 am: Edit

There may be several reasons. One, it's location in the midwest. Two, it's reputation for having one of the most challenging undergraduate studies. or Three, low yield/low amount of applicants. As a result, Chicago has lately established a very active contact system with prospective applicants. For example, if you sent back a reply card or got on their mailing list, you could be receiving several postcards and other mailings a week. Think of the postage! It must their new aggressive campaign to attract more applicants. Also, keep in mind, the data you see are those of two years back. Hence, this new marketing pitch may not be reflected until the 2005 rankings.

By Unicorn (Unicorn) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 09:03 am: Edit

student body is very self-selective

By Sac (Sac) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 02:52 pm: Edit

Many fewer students apply than to the Ivies for some of the reasons already mentioned (weather, location, intellectual rigor) and also because of the US News and World Report inspired focus on status as a reflection of selectivity and yield. Chicago designed an application which is meant to sort out those who really want U of C's brand of education. Even their application is more work!
People in academia though, know that Chicago is a unique place, and a top school. I have a feeling that their selectivity will go up during this demographic bulge,just like other top places.

By Anon666666 (Anon666666) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 04:49 am: Edit

MIT's acceptance rate just a few years ago was 63%. In fact, all of the Ivies and other elites have admitted 50% or more of their applicants at one point or another.

By Trojan1444 (Trojan1444) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 04:51 am: Edit

MIT's rate was never 63%

By Amylase (Amylase) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 08:17 am: Edit


what is your source of information?

By Luda (Luda) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 04:10 am: Edit

Actually, alot of the top engineering schools like MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, Georgia Tech have a small, selective applicant pool causing a higher acceptance rate even though the pool is already very competitive due to the academics required at the school.

By Brownsugar (Brownsugar) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 12:04 pm: Edit

I'm sure the IVY and MIT rates were that high -In like 1930.

By Girl (Girl) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 02:07 pm: Edit

They have a high acceptance rate, but most students with the guts to apply there are geniuses with knack for studying.

Plus the reputation as the school "where fun comes to die" can't help it much~!

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