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Colleges / University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL 4-Year Private

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.

University of Chicago is a private, nonprofit school located in the urban setting of Chicago, IL, less than an hour from Chicago.

Founded in 1890, the institution currently enrolls around 15,278 students a year, including 6,989 undergrads. The institution runs on a quarter academic calendar.

UChicago's endowment was valued at $8,204,461,000 in 2021. The school spends $86,008 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About UChicago

Acceptance rate: 7%

Average GPA: 4.2

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 4

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 31

UChicago Acceptance Rate 2021

Admission to UChicago is extremely difficult. Around 7 percent of all applicants to UChicago are accepted each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 4.2 /4.0.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is UChicago a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. 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.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UChicago, around 99 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,445 students who started at UChicago as first-time freshman, 1,310 graduate within four years.

Around 96 percent of students who started at UChicago earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $26,560 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UChicago sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is UChicago a good school for YOU?

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January 31 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All applicants should hear back from UChicago by March 31.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. Or, visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about UChicago and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.

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

UChicago ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


33 to 35


33 and Less


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UChicago SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1500 - 1560


Math SAT Range

770 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 770

UChicago Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UChicago is like? There are approximately 14,739 students enrolled at UChicago, including 6,734 undergraduate students and 8,005 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 18% percent are from IL and 82% percent of students are from other states.


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