Students-At-Large

If you are a full-time student at another university but would like to take advantage of the University of Chicago’s extraordinary faculty and course offerings, we welcome your application for student-at-large status. As a student-at-large, you will not be a degree candidate at the University of Chicago, but credit earned here could be transferable to your home institution. Students-at-large are admitted for up to three quarters, with confirmation of quarters subsequent to the first at the discretion of the Dean of Students in the College. Students-at-large are not eligible for University of Chicago financial aid and must pay additional tuition to register for a fourth class in a quarter. 

UChicago’s student-at-large program was designed to serve visitors who are fully qualified for regular admission to the College, and candidates are held to the same admission standards to which other applicants are subject.

Students-at-large will not be eligible for transfer admission to the College. If you would like to pursue an undergraduate degree at UChicago, you should apply as a transfer studentIf you already have a bachelor’s degree in any field, you may only apply as a graduate-student-at-large (even if you intend to register for undergraduate courses) through the Graham School of General Studies.

View the Student-at-Large Application (PDF).

Timeline

Your student-at-large application must be completed at least six weeks prior to the start of the academic quarter for which you are applying. Admission decisions will be mailed on a rolling basis soon after all the required credentials have been received.

Quarter of Entry

Application Due Date

Autumn Quarter August 15
Winter Quarter November 15
Spring Quarter February 15

Required Materials

Student-at-Large Application for Admission

Complete the Application for Admission, including your essays, and mail it to the Office of College Admissions. Your application must be postmarked no later than six weeks prior to the start of the academic quarter for which you are applying.

High School Report

Send this form, included in the Application for Admission, to the secondary school from which you graduated. Request that official transcripts from every high school you have attended be sent directly to the Office of College Admissions.

Dean of Students’ Recommendation

Give this form, included in the Application for Admissionto the dean of students of your current college or university (or the college or university you last attended). Please have the dean return the form directly to the Office of College Admissions.

College Instructor’s Recommendation

Give this form, included in the Application for Admissionto a college instructor who knows you well and can write about your strengths as a student and a member of your college or university community. Please have the instructor return the form directly to the Office of College Admissions.

High School and College Transcripts

Arrange to have official transcripts sent by every high school, college, and university that you have attended. Each institution should send the transcript directly to the Office of College Admissions. Transcripts written in a language other than English should be accompanied by a certified translation and a grading scale. International students should also submit certified records of their national examinations.

Application Fee

A non-refundable $120 application fee must be paid by check made out to the University of Chicago and attached to your application. The application fee may not be paid in cash or by card.

Submitting Your Application

The Student-at-Large Application (PDF) must be printed and submitted by mail. Adobe Acrobat is required to view the application. You may either fill in the application on your computer and then print it out, or print it first and fill it out by hand.

The completed application and transcripts should be mailed to:

Office of College Admissions
The University of Chicago
1101 East 58th Street
Rosenwald 105
Chicago, Illinois 60637