THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO OFFERS FIRST-YEAR APPLICANTS TWO APPLICATION PLANS:
|Early Action||Regular Decision|
|Application Due Date||
11:59pm applicant's local time
11:59pm applicant's local time
|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.
- Learn more about submitting application documents.
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 through your UChicago account or Common Application website) 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.
The University of Chicago does not charge a college application fee for students applying for need-based financial aid. For students not applying for need-based financial aid, our application fee is $75, and can be submitted through the Common Application or Universal Application.
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 score, and we use your best results if you send multiple test scores to us. Official SAT 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. We do not require the optional essay component of the ACT test.
Learn more about test scores on our FAQ page.
For applicants after January 1, 2016: The Redesigned SAT
Starting in March 2016, the College Board will offer a new, redesigned version of the SAT. The test itself may be changing, but the way we use SAT scores in the admissions process will not—they will continue to be used as one piece of a much broader holistic review process.
We will continue to accept scores from the old version of the SAT for the five years scores remain valid, and will superscore within both the old exam and the new, but will not superscore between the two versions. No matter what scores you send, we’ll be considering your best.
Please have your high school counselor submit a midyear report with grades or transcript for your first semester or first trimester by February 1, 2015, 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.”
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 with grant-based financial aid.
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 digitally through the "Portfolio" section of your UChicago Account. You may also submit a short creative writing sample or scientific research abstract through your UChicago account using the "upload" feature.
Additional recommendations from school officials (e.g., coach, club sponsor or arts teacher) may be submitted through the Universal or Common Applications. Other recommendations from those who do not have access to the Common or Universal Applications (your boss, community leader, person who knows you well) may be mailed to us at this address:
The Office of College Admissions
1101 E. 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
Materials may be faxed to us at 773.702.0661
We do not recommend sending documents via email as it is not secure.