University of Chicago Admissions Guidance
What makes the University of Chicago so special?
The University of Chicago (often called U of C, Chicago, or UChicago) is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1890, it holds top-ten positions in various national and international rankings.
University of Chicago scholars have played a major role in the development of many academic disciplines including the Chicago school of economics.
With an estimated completion date of 2020, the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be housed at the university and include both the Obama presidential library and offices of the Obama Foundation.
UChicago Quick Facts
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Year Founded: 1890
US News Ranking: 3
Application Deadline: January 1
Must receive SAT/ACT score by: November 4
2017 regular decision acceptance rate: 8.7%
Total applications received (2017): 31,411
The University of Chicago's achievements are impressive, for example, Atomic fission occurred first under the stands at Stagg Field on UChicago‘s campus!
In a nod to their philosophical rigor, one of the student-run coffee shops on campus is called “Grounds of Being.”
One of the libraries on campus, the Mansueto Library, has the capacity to house 3.5 million volumes. This building was also used to film parts of the movie “Divergent,” specifically the Erudite branch.
Prompts for UChicago's 2017-18 Undergrad Supplemental Essays
How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.
Extended Essay Questions:
(Required; Choose one)
“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert
Sometimes, people talk a lot about popular subjects to assure ‘victory’ in conversation or understanding, and leave behind topics of less popularity, but great personal or intellectual importance. What do you think is important but under-discussed?
Due to a series of clerical errors, there is exactly one typo (an extra letter, a removed letter, or an altered letter) in the name of every department at the University of Chicago. Oops! Describe your new intended major. Why are you interested in it and what courses or areas of focus within it might you want to explore? Potential options include Commuter Science, Bromance Languages and Literatures, Pundamentals: Issues and Texts, Ant History.
Earth. Fire. Wind. Water. Heart! Captain Planet supposes that the world is made up of these five elements. We’re familiar with the previously-noted set and with actual elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, but select and explain another small group of things (say, under five) that you believe compose our world.
The late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham once said "Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization." Tell us about your “armor.”
Fans of the movie Sharknado say that they enjoy it because “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Certain automobile owners prefer classic cars because they “have more character.” And recently, vinyl record sales have skyrocketed because it is perceived that they have a warmer, fuller sound. Discuss something that you love not in spite of but rather due to its quirks or imperfections.
In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose your own question or choose one of our past prompts. Be original, creative, thought provoking. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun.
UChicago's Programs Ranked
Business School: #3 (USNews)
Law School: #4 (USNews)
Medical School: #15 (USNews)
English Department: #1 (USNews)
Economics Department: #7 (USNews)
Mathematics Department: #5 (USNews)