At UChicago, you are more than your GPA or test score.

The admissions committee considers a candidate’s entire application holistically—academic and extracurricular records, essays, letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores—in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of a student’s qualifications and potential. So take this opportunity to reflect on your strengths, your weaknesses, where you have been, and where you want to go. The best way to approach your college application is to simply be yourself!

What does this mean for you?

  • There is no minimum GPA or test score requirement.
  • No course load is mandatory, but a standard college prep program is recommended.
  • Every high school is different. Regional counselors with specific knowledge of their territory read all applications first.
  • Applications are reviewed multiple times and presented to an admissions committee.
  • There is not one quality on its own that can determine the strength of an application.

We look for bright students with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and passion for learning. Tell us who you are in your own voice, not what you think we want to hear. Show us how you made the most of your high school experience and pursued opportunities to do things that are meaningful to you. 

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