There are some decisions that feel huge. We know that this is one of them. The University of Chicago undergraduate college experience is defined by a culture of inquiry, discussion, and exploration of ideas. International students drive the diversity of our community and create conversations that power rigorous inquiry for our intellectual community. International students comprise 15% of the University community and come from over 100 countries outside of the U.S. We are looking for academically talented, intellectually curious international students to come to a world-renowned campus in the heart of a global city to share their perspectives and join in the conversation.
The University of Chicago considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, regardless of where in the world you live. We are here to help you with the admissions process and the application. If you have any questions, contact the International Team.
International Applicant Deadlines
|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|
Applicants may apply for entrance in the autumn quarter only.
Our Early Action is open and non-binding.
International Applicant Resources
Need-based and merit-based aid is available.
Deadlines, transfer credit, and more.
Contact our team of international counselors who travel, recruit, and read internationally.
- Application for Admission
- Application Fee or Waiver (not requested from students who are applying for need-based financial aid)
- Secondary School Report
- Teachers’ Evaluations
- Test Scores
- An English Language Proficiency Test
- Midyear Report
- Complete the Universal Application or Common Application and the University of Chicago Supplement. They contain basic information about your background, academic profile, and extracurricular activities.
- The University of Chicago Supplement (available through your UChicago Account or the 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.
- We do not require certificates proving participation in activities; the Universal and Common Applications provides space to list all extracurricular and work experiences and if this is not sufficient, a resume to summarize activities is preferred to multiple certificates.
Application fee: The University of Chicago does not charge an 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.
Credit card: Please follow the instructions on the Universal or Common Applications for submitting the application fee online.
Check or money order: Please attach a note to the check or money order with your complete name and address, and mail it to the College Admissions Office by the appropriate application deadline.
Ask your secondary school counselor to complete the Secondary School Report it along with an official transcript. Within the transcript or letter, your counselor should inform us of your results or predicted results for any external examinations, such as the GCE A levels or the IB. We do not require complete syllabi; instead a school profile should be a succinct summary of academic options. All secondary school counselors and teachers have the option of submitting letters of recommendation and school forms online via the Universal Application or Common Application. High school counselors and teachers should follow the instructions on the Universal and Common Applications for submitting these forms.
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 or Common Applications. High school counselors and teachers should follow the instructions on the Universal or Common Applications for submitting these forms. Counselors and teachers may print out these forms and submit them on paper even if you are applying online.
University of Chicago requires an ACT or SAT score. Have official SAT or ACT scores 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. If you choose to submit ACT scores, we do not require the optional essay component.
We understand that access to the SAT and ACT is not available in all countries (specifically, China). While we hope that you will make your best effort to take one of these tests if you can, we will give full consideration to the applications without an ACT or SAT score from students in these countries.
If you would like to learn more about the SAT, please visit the test section of the College Board site. For more information about the ACT, please visit the FAQ section of the ACT site.
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.
Competence in English must be demonstrated in order to qualify for admission. All international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). Our TOEFL and College Board code is 1832. If you are taking the IELTS, request the scores to be sent to the admissions office. Reports of other tests are usually not accepted. Please visit the TOEFL and IELTS web sites for more information. The University of Chicago only admits students who have demonstrated a superior level of English language competence: we strongly recommend a score of 100 or higher on the Internet Based TOEFL or 600 or higher on the Paper Based TOEFL. Minimum required scores in the IELTS (students must take the Academic test, not the General Training test) are an overall score of 7, with sub scores of 7 each. The minimum acceptable score on the PTE is 70.
The only exceptions are for applicants who for two or more years have attended a high school where the primary language of instruction is English in a country where English is one of the official languages (England, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, or Pakistan, for example). UChicago does not offer an ESL program for admitted students.
Please have your high school counselor submit a midyear report with grades or transcript for your first semester or first trimester by February 1, 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter. The Universal and Common Applications provide 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.”
International admission is need-sensitive, except for citizens of Canada. We have a fixed amount of funds for international need-based aid, so we recommend that you only apply for need-based aid if you do not have the resources to fund your education. However, if you think you may require financial aid at any point during your four years of college, you must apply for financial aid at the same time you submit your application for admission. If you wish to apply for financial aid, please review the information on the International Financial Aid page. Canadian citizens who plan to apply for financial aid should still follow the directions found on the International Financial Aid website and apply using the same forms as all international applicants. More information on International 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.
Supporting Materials – NOT REQUIRED. You may submit supporting materials for music, theater and dance, or visual arts and film. You may also submit an additional recommendation from anyone who knows you well (e.g., coach, music or foreign language teacher, member of your community). Please use the Teacher Evaluation forms in the Universal or Common Applications for this purpose.
You may also submit a short creative writing sample or scientific research abstract.