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UChicago Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto UChicago, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 4 and the fee for the application costs $75. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 31.

Applying Early to UChicago?

University of Chicago offers early decision and also offers early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/4.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 2, which is coming up fast! UChicago will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to UChicago?

UChicago is aextremely difficult school to get into. UChicago evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UChicago **accepted 7% of students, around 2,510 of the 34,350 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like UChicago, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT. UChicago has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does UChicago Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at UChicago

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Considered
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

UChicago Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UChicago must submit the following items. Double check with UChicago's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UChicago?

Students admitted to UChicago have an average unweighted GPA of 4.2.

Out of all students that were admitted, 55% submitted a class rank. At UChicago 99% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Chicago, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 55%
3.75 and 3.99 24.6%
3.50 and 3.74 7.7%
3.25 and 3.49 3%
3.00 and 3.24 1%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%
UChicago does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UChicago is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 41% of UChicago's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 36% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UChicago?

To be competitive with other UChicago applicants, you should strive to earn between 1510 and 1560 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UChicago 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1560 and 25% of scored lower than 1510, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UChicago students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 730 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UChicago students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 730 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UChicago?

To be most competitive at UChicago, you should strive to earn between 34 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UChicago's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 34 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UChicago students. Only one out of every four students scored below 34.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Chicago

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 9.

Transfer students can enroll in UChicago during the following terms: Fall Term

UChicago Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UChicago?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UChicago.

Does UChicago accept transfer credits?

UChicago accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does UChicago accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UChicago accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UChicago?

No, UChicago is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

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UChicago Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Selective

7%

How hard is it to get into UChicago? UChicago is a selective institution. The UChicago acceptance rate is 7%. This means that the institution accepts 7 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

34 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above

Good

34 to 35

Avg

34 and Less

Low

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UChicago SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1510 - 1560

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Math SAT Range

770 - 800

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Reading SAT Range

730 - 770

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UChicago GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

4.2

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UChicago, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.2. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

15,278

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

7%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$60,963

Out-of-State

$60,963

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Application Deadline

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