Early Action  Regular Decision 
Application Due Date November 1 January 1
Admission Decision by  Mid-December  Late March
Student-Reply Due Date May 1† May 1†

†Must reply by midnight (CST) of May 1st

Applicants may apply for entrance in the autumn quarter only; students are not admitted in other quarters.

Our Early Action program is open and non-binding.

Required Materials

Non-Required Materials


Submitting Documents

Required materials

All of the following materials can be found on the Universal Application website or  Common Application website.


Complete the Universal Application or Common Application and the University of Chicago Supplement. The Universal Application must be completed online at the Universal Application website, and the Common Application must be completed at the Common Application website. It contains basic information about your background, academic profile, and extracurricular activities.

The University of Chicago Supplement (available on the Universal and Common Application websites) requires one extended essay of your choice from our list of five, and one short essay on why you would like to attend the University of Chicago. An essay on your favorite art or media is optional.


Application fee*: The $75 non-refundable application fee may be paid by credit card, check, or money order.

Credit card: Please follow the instructions on the Universal and Common Applications for submitting the application fee online.

Check or money order: Please attach a note to the check or money order with your complete name and address, and mail it to the College Admissions Office by the appropriate application deadline.

*UChicago does not require an application fee if you believe it to be a financial hardship (for example, if your family makes less than or around $75,000 a year). Please provide a short note in the “additional information” section of the Universal or Common Applications and your fee will be automatically waived, or ask your guidance counselor for more information on fee waivers.

Application fees are automatically waived for students in Chicago public high schools.


Ask your secondary school counselor to complete the Secondary School Report and to submit it along with an official transcript. All high school counselors and teachers have the option of submitting letters of recommendation and school forms online via the Universal Application or Common Application. Teachers and counselors may print out and submit these forms on paper even if you submit your application online.


Give these forms to teachers who know you well and can write about your strengths as a student. We require two recommendations from teachers who have taught you in an academic subject. All high school counselors and teachers have the option of submitting letters of recommendation and school forms online via the Universal Application or Common Application. Teachers and counselors may print out and submit these forms on paper even if you submit your application online.


UChicago requires an ACT or SAT Reasoning score, and we use your best results if you send multiple test scores to us. Official SAT Reasoning or ACT scores should be sent to the University of Chicago from the testing agency, even if your scores appear on your transcript. UChicago’s SAT code is 1832; the ACT code is 1152. We do not require any SAT Subject Tests. While we would of course like to receive your scores before the appropriate deadline, for the Early Action deadline, we will accept November SAT scores and October ACT scores and for the Regular Decision deadline, we will accept January SAT scores and February ACT scores. If you choose to submit ACT scores, we do not require the optional essay component.

Learn more about test scores on our FAQ page.


Please have your high school counselor submit a midyear report with grades or transcript for your first semester or first trimester by February 1, 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter. The Universal and Common Applications provides a Midyear Grade Report form, or you may use your own school’s midyear report. You are also welcome to make updates to your application by logging into your UChicago Account and clicking “Update Your Application.”

Non-required materials


For details on how to apply for financial aid, please refer to Costs and Aid. The University of Chicago’s consideration of applications for admission is need blind for citizens of the U.S. and Canada as well as U.S. permanent residents. Canadian citizens should follow the directions for applying for international aid found on the International Aid website. Your application for need-based financial aid will have no bearing on your application for admission to the College.

The University of Chicago will meet a student’s demonstrated need throughout their four years in the College.


Interviews are not required for admission into the College but can be a way for students to learn more about the University of Chicago. We offer on campus interviews as well as alumni interviews around the world, both of which are treated equally in the admission process. More information on interviews.


You may submit supporting materials for music, theater and dance, or visual arts and film. You may also submit an additional recommendation from anyone who knows you well (e.g., coach, music or foreign language teacher, member of your community).

You may also submit a short creative writing sample or scientific research abstract.

Please submit these items digitally through the “Portfolio” section of your UChicago Account. We will accept supplemental materials even after submitting your application (November 15th for Early Action; January 15th for Regular Decision).