The University of Chicago accepts the Universal Application and the Common Application. We also require the University of Chicago Supplement. Students who choose to apply through the Common Application may submit their supplement either directly through the Common Application or through their UChicago account; while students who apply through the Universal Application must submit the supplement through their UChicago account. Students may begin working on their UChicago Supplement before they begin working on the Common or Universal application by creating a UChicago Account at getstarted.uchicago.edu.
- First-year Applicant Instructions
- First-year International Applicant Instructions
- Transfer Applicant Instructions
- International Transfer Applicant Instructions
- Guide to Selective Colleges Worksheet
The Universal Application
The Universal Application is a shared application for a variety of colleges and universities, including the University of Chicago. The Universal Application must be completed online at the Universal Application website. It contains basic information about your background, academic profile, and extracurricular activities. The Universal Application will become available online on July 1st.
The Common Application
The Common Application is another option for applying to a variety of colleges, including the University of Chicago. The Common Application must be completed online on the Common Application website. The Common Application for admission will become available August 1st.
The UChicago Supplement
Students who choose to apply through the Common Application may submit their supplement either directly through the Common Application or through their UChicago account. Students who apply through the Universal Application must submit the supplement through their UChicago account. Students may begin working on their UChicago Supplement before they begin working on the Common or Universal application by creating a UChicago Account at getstarted.uchicago.edu. If you choose to submit the supplement through the Common Application. Please select the University of Chicago as one of your colleges and click on “Supplement.”
Your UChicago Account
Students may create a UChicago Account before or after beginning the Common or Universal Application. To create a UChicago account before you begin working on either application, please visit getstarted.uchicago.edu. If you would like to create a UChicago account after beginning to work on the Universal Application or Common Application, we will send you an email with instructions on how to do so. 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.
Questions about technical matters related to using the Common Application should be directed to the folks at the Common Application or Universal Application. Questions about our own requirements and recommendations should be directed to us.
In order to expedite the assembly of your application and promote environmental sustainability, the Office of College Admissions prefers electronic submission of all documents through the Universal Application or Common Application. Any additional materials you would like to be added to your application file should be sent to us through the methods outlined below:
- Direct Upload to your UChicago Account: This is the fastest and most efficient method to submit documents to your application.
- Fax to 773.702.0661: This is the preferred fax line for submission of any additional documents that you would like added to your application. If this line is busy due to high volume, you may use our secondary fax line, 773.702.4199.
Mail documents to:
The Office of College Admissions
1101 E. 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
- We discourage sending documents via email and believe that one of the three methods listed above should be sufficient to ensure that your documents arrive to our office safely and securely.
- If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time.
Submitting transcripts, test scores, secondary school reports, and recommendations are only official if they come directly from the institution. Any of these materials that come directly from the student are unofficial, and won’t count toward our application requirements.