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About UChicago

Chartered in 1890, the University of Chicago’s approximately 6,800 undergraduates comprise a community of exceptional student scholars who choose UChicago for its rigorous liberal arts curriculum, small discussion-style seminars and 5:1 student-faculty ratio. Students also prepare for challenging careers and competitive graduate schools through professional and recreational opportunities on campus and in Chicago. Focused on careful reading, analytical writing, and critical thinking, UChicago’s Core Curriculum is the perfect foundation for any major and all future endeavors. With over 50 majors and more than 40 minors, students can double-major, create their own major, or explore interdisciplinary opportunities. Undergraduates choose electives from more than 3,000 courses offered in the College each year, and over 40% study abroad through nearly 60 faculty-designed and taught programs. UChicago also sponsors a wealth of undergraduate research opportunities in all subjects.

UChicago Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

UChicago will release their Early Action and ED1 results on the afternoon of Friday December 17th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the UChicago Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

University of Chicago Overview

University of Chicago is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Chicago, Illinois. UChicago was founded in 1890 and now enrolls around 15,278 students a year, including 6,989 undergrads. UChicago provides on-campus housing for up to 4,532 students.

There are many ways for students to get involved at UChicago! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of UChicago's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UChicago students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? UChicago has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UChicago has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UChicago on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at UChicago on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! January 4, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by March 31.

2021 UChicago Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
Average GPA 4.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 41%
Tuition $59,256

Is UChicago a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a clearer idea of what UChicago offers and if it might be the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for University of Chicago

It is extremely difficult to get into UChicago. UChicago admitted 7% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 34,350 applications received in 2021, 2,510 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UChicago

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UChicago, around 99% come back the next year. UChicago's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 96%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for UChicago Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

UChicago's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $8.2 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, UChicago spends about $86,008 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UChicago

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. UChicago meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UChicago full-time are awarded $60,875 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $26,560 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UChicago. Based on this information, how does UChicago sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is UChicago a good school for you?

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Where is UChicago?

UChicago is located in the urban setting of Chicago, Illinois.

If you want to see UChicago for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 94 to Chicago, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Chicago Midway Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UChicago and Chicago are like without leaving home.

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College Info

UChicago Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UChicago is Jan 4.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UChicago is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UChicago ACT Scores


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34 - 35

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1510 - 1560


Math SAT Range

770 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 770

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Wondering what life at UChicago is like? There are approximately 15,278 students enrolled at UChicago, including 6,989 undergraduate students and 8,289 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 19% percent are from IL and 81% percent of students are from other states.


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