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University of Chicago- #6 (tied) National University (US News & World Report)

The University of Chicago is a private institution that was founded in 1890 by Rockefeller.

UChicago, situated in Hyde Park, home of past president Barack Obama. UChicago offers a rich campus life in a big-city setting of Chicago.

The University of Chicago is universally recognized for its devotion to open and rigorous inquiry. The strength of our intellectual traditions, intense critical analysis, and free and lively debate draws from our engaged scholars who continually seek creative solutions to complex problems. UChicago graduates have made discoveries in every field of academic study; they are ambitious thinkers who are unafraid to take on the most pressing questions of our time. Their accomplishments have established the University’s legacy as one of the worlds finest academic institutions. UChicago has 89 Nobel Prize winners in its ranks.

UChicago is also renowned for the unparalleled resources it provides its undergraduate students. A student-faculty ratio of 5:1 ensures that every classroom experience exemplifies UChicago’s commitment to close interactions between students and faculty in small, discussion-style seminars. (Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School for 12 years.)

UChicago’s famous core curriculum – courses in eight subject areas that all students, regardless of their major, are required to take – provides students with a common vocabulary and a well-balanced academic experience, while allowing them the flexibility to explore their own particular interests within those eight subject areas. Students can choose from more than 100 majors and minors – such as history or environmental studies – and have visited Greece, China and France during study abroad experiences.

Admissions Requirements

Application Fee$75, waived for financial aid applicants
Application PlatformCoalition Application or Common Application.
Create UChicago Account, to submit your UChicago Supplement, complete and update your profile, apply for financial aid, upload supplementary materials, & view your admissions decision.
Standardized TestsTest Optional: For domestic first-year applicant, you may select UChicago's test-optional method not supply SAT or ACT scores. UChicago encourages students to take the SAT and ACT, and to share your scores. TIP: Send in your SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Test scores.
SAT Subject Tests and AP ExamsSubject Tests in different areas (with at least 1 in Math or Science and at least 1 in English, History, Social Sciences, Arts, or World Languages and Cultures). Or, scores from 3 or more AP exams in different areas (with at least 1 in Math, Computer Science, or Science and at least 1 in English, History, or Language).
Supplement Questions/Essays (found in the Writing Supplement section in My Colleges tab on the Common Application- Questions are updated August of every year.)1 Required essay, 1 extended essay of your choice from the list of several prompts & 1 short essay on why you would like to attend UChicago.
Recommendations2 Teacher Recommendations. From core class teachers or a class that has substantial amounts of reading, writing, or class discussion.
Counselor of Record Report
Optional Additional RecommendationAdditional Recommendation from another teacher, an employer, role model, youth leader, or friend, you may submit one additional letter.
From Your High SchoolSchool Report, Transcript, Mid-Year Report, Final Report
InterviewOptional. Submit a two-minute video introduction in lieu of the traditional college interview.
Optional Supplementary MaterialArt Portfolio, Supplement in Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts, Film, Music and Visual Arts.
Art, Creative, Research, or Other Supplements

Submit a two-minute video introduction in lieu of the traditional college interview.
International StudentsOne of the following- SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores. Plus, one of the following: IB or A-Level/A2. Or, scores from 3 or more SAT Subject Tests
Early ActionNovember 1, decision by mid-December
Early Decision INovember 1, decision by mid-December
Early Decision IIJanuary 2, decision by mid February
Regular DecisionJanuary 2, decision by late March

**UChicago is infamous for its extended supplement essay, asking very bizarre questions created by UChicago students and alums themselves. The purpose of these supplement essay is to see if you can think out of the box.

Academic Parameters

When applying to an institution, it is important to look at the academic information of previous applicants. This includes the SAT/ACT test scores. By looking at these data points, you may assess where you fall and how likely is your admission into this college. Please note, there are students who do fall below the middle range and are still admitted, but then their application has one or more factors that boosts their application, such as a special talent, a recruitable athlete, legacy, racial or socioeconomic minority. Use the chart below to see where you fall and if you may raise your test scores to keep your application in the running.

Testing Guidelines

SAT Middle 50%Composite Score: 1490 to 1560
ACT Middle 50%Composite Score: 33-35
SAT Score Range (of admitted students)Composite Score: 1020 to 1600
ACT Score Range (of admitted students)Composite Score: 20-36

IvyBound Consulting featured Harvard University on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter from March 11-16, 2019

Day 1 • University of Chicago

According to US News & World Report, University of Chicago is ranked #3 in National Universities, tied with Columbia, MIT and Yale. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Please check their website to read up on these indicators. We are using US News for its popularity, but by no means should they be the only source in determining your “best fit” college. Your best fit colleges should be determined by your academic goals, your personality fit, and financial considerations.

University of Chicago:
Private, Non-profit

Founded in 1890.

Urban, total undergraduate enrollment of 6,264, and the campus size is 217 acres.

Tuition & Fees:
$57,006 (2018-19). Financial aid offers a “No Barriers” program. No Barriers is a comprehensive plan to increase access to college, support students as they receive an empowering education, and prepare them for lifelong professional success. No loans are included as part of financial aid packages.

$8.2 billion (2018)

The University of Chicago House System plays an important role in a student’s academic and social adjustment to the college. All first year students live in the University House System to help facilitate their transition to life at the University. There are 7 Houses to choose from for undergraduate students, which serve as tight-knit communities and provide academic and social support. More than 50 percent of upperclassmen choose to remain on campus.
Admit Rate: Most competitive, admit rate in single digits

52% male and 48% female. Race/ethnicity: Asian–23 percent, Hispanic–15 percent, Black–9 percent, International–15 percent.

Religious Affiliation:

Other Awards by US News:
#3 (tie) in National Universities, #16 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #16 in Best Value Schools, #12 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings, #18 (tie) in Most Innovative Schools

Day 1 Post:
The University of Chicago, situated in Hyde Park, offers a rich campus life in a big-city setting– with Chicago as its backyard. The University of Chicago is known for its location as well as its rigorous academic and enrichment programs. The school is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood, former home of past president Barack Obama. Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School for 12 years. Over 60 percent of the private homes are of faculty, UChicago offers a true campus-based community within the context of a major American city. The students engage the city of Chicago and its many neighborhoods through groundbreaking research and scholarship, unparalleled internship opportunities, and a commitment to community service. UChicago remains a truly international university: offering over 45 faculty-led study abroad programs in over 20 countries, including those in Beijing, Hong Kong, Delhi, and Paris.
The Library featured on IvyBound’s post– Harper Library– is considered to be one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, especially the interior. Check out the next picture.

Day 2 • School Mission, Mascot, Sports

University motto:
The Latin motto of the University of Chicago is “Crescat scientia; vita excolatur” to which the university offers this official translation: “Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched.”

White and Maroon

Phil the Phoenix

The University of Chicago has competed at the NCAA Division III level since it was established in 1973. The largest of the three NCAA Divisions, Division III counted as members 451 institutions (20 percent public, 80 percent private) in 2017-18. UChicago sponsors 20 varsity sports listed below that compete within NCAA Division III and the University Athletic Association (UAA) conference. The Maroons are associate members of the Midwest Conference (MWC) in football and baseball, and the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) in women’s lacrosse.

Day 3 • Academic at UChicago/Top Undergraduate Majors/Student Life

At the University of Chicago, students learn not what to think, but how. In an atmosphere of free and open inquiry, students and professors debate, collaborate, and investigate while challenging assumptions—and one another. Rooted in rigorous inquiry, UChicago’s unique education transforms individuals, preparing and empowering them to make a positive impact on the world. Over 150 research centers and institutes, including the new Institute for Molecular Engineering and the Institute of Politics; world-class theaters, museums, and art centers; and three of the nations top professional schools in law, business, and medicine.

Core curriculum:
 Eight required courses regardless of major.

Academic Calendar:
Quarter system

Top Undergraduate Majors:
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics, Biology/Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Political Science and Government, and Public Policy Analysis. Students can choose from more than 100 majors and minors.

Highly-ranked Graduate programs:
Booth School of Business, Law School, Pritzker School of Medicine and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies.

Student Life:
The University of Chicago offers a robust and avant garde creative and performing arts community, and politically, environmentally and socially conscious and active student body. With Chicago as your backyard, the opportunities are endless at UChicago. This college fosters a diverse community of exploratory thinkers and doers. In meeting rooms and auditoriums, theaters and playing fields, brownstones and practice rooms, students pursue their passions. At the University of Chicago, there are over 500 opportunities to explore, to grow, to lead, to share, with support from a variety of offices like Student Engagement, Multicultural Affairs and Residential Programs.

Violent crime – such as murder, criminal sexual assault and robbery – increased by 8 percent in 2016, compared with the period from 2011 through 2015, according to the school’s website. The university, however, has several systems in place to keep students safe. Students can request safety escorts or ride shuttles during the day and night to safely move around campus. UChicago also has hundreds of emergency phones throughout campus and an emergency management division that can quickly share information via text, email, phone calls and social media if there is an actual emergency.

Day 4 • Notable Alumni

Notable alumni include Larry Ellison (Class of 1966)- CEO & Cofounder of Oracle, business tycoon David Rockerfeller, who received his phD in Economics at the University of Chicago (Class of 1940). University of Chicago alumni, equipped with the skills to think critically and creatively, have made many contributions to their fields and to society. There have been 89 Nobel Prize winners, over 260 Guggenheim Fellows, 32 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellows, and 24 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Day 4: Roger Ebert received his phD in English at the University of Chicago (Class of 1940). He became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. In the 1980’s, Roger Ebert became a household name along with his critic friend Gene Siskel who hosted a popular watched TV, “At the Movies..” Fans also loved their famous “thumbs up, thumbs down” approval meter—an idea that Ebert claimed he developed.

Day 5 • Applying to UChicago? Be Collegebound with IvyBound

Looking at first-time, Freshman Applicants:

Admission Rate:
7.27%, including early applicants, (entering 2018)

Total Applicants:



Yield Rate:

Early Options:
UChicago  offers many options to choose from giving the applicant flexibility in applying and creating smaller, but different pools of applicants to review. Early Action and Early Decision 1 deadline is Nov 1, Early Decision 2 deadline is Jan 2.

Regular Deadline:
January 2

Admission Requirements:
See Table above

Admissions into this prestigious University, the University of Chicago, is extremely competitive as the acceptance rate is decreasing each year. With the increase of sheer number of applicants, how do you stand out and get admitted? If UChicago is one of the colleges on your list, use this invaluable worksheet to plan and prepare to apply to UChicago.

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Next week, I will cover, US News Week’s #3 (tied) Nationally Ranked University, Yale. Stay Tuned.

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* Sources used: the college website, common data set, college factual, US World News, other websites.

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