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Frequently Asked Questions

Does UChicago have any student groups or alumni groups for veterans?

Yes, in addition to a Student Veterans of America chapter, our non-military affiliated students and veteran students created the Maroon Veterans Alliance. Additional veterans groups exist within graduate programs and a dedicated military affinity group supports our alumni.

Does UChicago accept transfer credit from classes I took during my military service?

Admitted Veteran Scholars are welcome to submit a petition to have courses reviewed for transfer credit.

I have not taken the SAT or ACT recently; do I need to retake these?

No, the ACT and SAT are not required for an application to UChicago. If you feel confident that your scores can strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit them, but their absence will not limit you in any way. We would be happy to discuss what scores would be competitive along with your application.

Should I apply as a first year or transfer student?

Neither! UChicago has created an exciting new application process for veterans and service members that will take all of your academic history into consideration. Once a student is admitted they are welcome to have their college-level courses reviewed for transfer credit.

Is UChicago a Yellow Ribbon School?

Yes, UChicago proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program with eligible students in the College (our undergraduates) qualifying for support that covers the remaining tuition that the GI Bill doesn't cover. Many graduate programs also participate with the Yellow Ribbon Program.

As a service member/veteran, my high school grades do not demonstrate my current academic aptitude and potential. Will this considered?

Absolutely! We understand that for many veterans High School performance does not reflect them as students. While we will look at that performance, we will strongly consider college coursework (community college, military education, online classes etc) along with your writing samples, letters of recommendation, interviews, and experience.

What opportunities for housing exist?

Our Veteran Scholars live near campus in Vue 53. Apartments are offered at a special reduced rate and include studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom options that are welcoming to families and pets. Veteran Scholars are also welcome to share a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment with another student veteran. The apartments come furnished or unfurnished and provide our students a community environment to live and study while being included in campus community culture.

Is an interview available?

Yes, our Veterans Application Process includes opportunities to interview individually and with committee. These interviews are not designed to be intimidating or “promotion board-style” but rather to give you an opportunity to share your experiences with us and highlight the performance you feel most reflects your potential for academic success.

Can I receive additional financial support beyond my GI Bill?

Yes! UChicago tailors a financial aid package for our Veteran Scholars that provides support designed to supplement the GI Bill. In addition, there are generous grants available to support summer internships and research experiences so that our Veteran Scholars are able to participate in competitive career development and academic opportunities when not receiving GI Bill support.