Dear Prospective Student,
Congratulations! You are approaching the end of your high school career, and while the college search might seem like a stressful time—visiting colleges, filling out applications, writing essays, in addition to your current schoolwork and activities—I would like to offer you a word of advice: RELAX. Stop for one moment, sit down, take a deep breath and consider all of your achievements over the past few years. Throughout high school you have been working diligently at your classes, musicals, athletic and academic teams, community service and jobs. Now is your time to reflect on these accomplishments in order to find a college that fits you. You will apply to more than one college; you will be accepted to some, maybe not others, but in the end, you will find a college home where you will be happy.
The Admissions Committee at the University of Chicago considers all of the information you present in your application; it truly is a holistic process, not just test scores and GPA. We are hoping to find out who you are, as a whole person, and what you will bring to our campus. You will find a college that desires you, your personality, your skill set, your potential.
I share these little bits of information with you to help you understand the admissions process and hopefully to help you relax, reflect and enjoy the application process. Celebrate your triumphs and please share them with us. I hope you enjoy exploring the rest of our website. Don’t forget to check to see if we are coming to your area or feel free to stop by our campus. The Admissions Office is here to help you throughout this process.
I wish you the best of luck with your college search.
Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid
Vice President for Enrollment
The University of Chicago