Applicants should submit their choice of the Coalition Application or Common Application and must also complete the University of Chicago Supplement. Applicants will also receive a UChicago Account, where they can submit information and view their admissions decision.
Select One of Two Applications
There are several online application platforms accepted by many colleges and universities. Through the online application platform, you submit basic information about your background, academic profile, and extracurricular activities, as well as a brief personal statement, and that information can be easily shared with multiple colleges you decide to apply to.
UChicago accepts the Coalition Application or Common Application. We treat both equally in the admissions process. You'll want to pick a single application platform to use, whichever you feel works best for you.
In your list of extracurricular activities, you should include whatever it is that you spend your time doing outside of class. This could be an official club, team, or competition; a hobby you pursue on your own; a part-time job; a family responsibility; or anything else you do with your time outside of class. Colleges ask for this information not because they have any specific expectation or preference for how you spend your time, but to see what's meaningful, worthwhile, or interesting to you. We do not require certificates proving participation in activities. If the space provided on the Coalition or Common Application to list all extracurricular and work experiences is not sufficient, you may share further details in the Additional Information section of the application.
Your personal statement is your chance to present yourself and your ideas in your own words. Through the Common or Coalition Application, your personal statement will be sent to all of the schools you are applying to. As a result, it should not be specific to any one school. Your personal statement should be appropriate for a wide array of audiences and should put your best foot forward. Be sure to proofread and edit your essay, and have someone you trust like a friend, family member, or counselor read it over before submitting it.
Questions about technical matters related to using one of the consortium application should be directed, respectively, to the folks at the Common Application or Coalition Application. Questions about our own requirements should be directed to us.
The University of Chicago Supplement requires one extended essay of your choice from our list of several prompts and one short essay on why you would like to attend the University of Chicago. A short essay on your favorite works of art, movies, music, or other media is optional. The Supplement is available through your UChicago Account the Coalition Application, or Common Application.
Your UChicago Account
Students may create a UChicago Account before or after beginning the Coalition, or Common Application. To create a UChicago Account before you begin working on either application, please visit getstarted.uchicago.edu. If you begin by working on the Coalition or Common Application you will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your UChicago Account. When you sign in to your UChicago Account, you will be able to submit your UChicago Supplement, complete and update your profile, apply for financial aid, upload supplementary materials, and view your admissions decision.