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University of Chicago Admissions Information

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Founded in 1890 by John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago is the oldest university in the city. The 211-acre campus is located in the residential Hyde Park neighborhood, just 7 miles south of Chicago’s central business district. UChicago is a top research institution that has several Nobel laureates on its faculty. The University is home to a number of leading laboratories and institutes, including the Argonne National Lab and the Fermi National Accelerator Lab. With a 6:1 student to faculty ratio, professors are readily accessible to help students explore their research interests. UChicago offers a wide array of majors, from urban sociology and literature to renowned programs in economics, anthropology, and physics.

The University’s famed Core curriculum, a comprehensive program of general education for all undergraduates, has been used as the model for a number of other institutions. This curriculum, along with guaranteed on-campus housing and strong student involvement in campus activities, creates an intense and close-knit learning environment.



Basic Info

Main Address: 5801 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: (773) 702-1234  
Website: http://www.uchicago.edu  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts, Research Institution  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Urban (very large city, 500,000+ people), Residential campus  
Athletics: Division III, Intercollegiate, Club, Intramural  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Certificate, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 5,066  
Percent out-of-state: 79%  
Percent international: 9%  
Female to Male ratio: 47:53  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 6:1  
Most popular majors: Economics
Biological Sciences
Political Science
English Language/Literature
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Special housing for international students
Apartments for married students
Guaranteed on-campus housing for all undergraduates
Special housing for students with disabilities
Fraternity/Sorority housing
Cooperative housing
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Student newspaper
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Voted #9 "Best College Library"
  • UChicago is home to the oldest student-run film society and the first improvisational comedy group in the nation.
  • UChicago operates on a quarter-based academic calendar, with three 11-week quarters and one summer quarter.
  • The College is affiliated with 40 study-abroad programs in over 20 countries.

Admissions Information

According to the University of Chicago's admissions website, there is no magic formula to earn an acceptance letter. UChicago is a selective university (27% acceptance rate) that seeks motivated and proactive students. The selection committee assesses each application with a holistic approach, examining a combination of academic and extracurricular records, essays, letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT score. The admissions committee want to hear students' authentic individual voices, not what students think the committee wants to hear.

Nearly 85% of admitted students in 2010 (Class of 2014) were in the top 10% of their high school class, with an average SAT score between 1400 and 1530 (out of 1600) and an average ACT score between 30 and 34. However, the UChicago admissions website makes it clear that there is no minimum GPA or standardized test score required for admission.

Admissions address: 1101 East 58th Street
Rosenwald Hall, Suite 105
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone number: (773) 702-8650  
Fax number: (773) 702-4199  
Admissions Website: http://www.uchicago.edu/admissions/  
Email: collegeadmissions@uchicago.edu  
Contact Person: James Nondorf, Vice President, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid  
Number of first-year applications received: 13,568  
Percent of applicants admitted: 27%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 2  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Action, non-restrictive)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes (school-specific supplement required)  
Admission requirements: Common Application (with school-specific supplement)
2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
School Report
Mid-year Report
Final Report

If applicable:
International Supplement to the Secondary School Report Home-school Supplement to the Secondary School Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT w/o Writing or ACT w/o Writing
International applicants: TOEFL
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest score from each section (across all test dates)  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 1832  
ACT code: 1152  
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