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Colleges / University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate6%
Acceptance Rate6%

UChicago Admissions

If you are planning on applying to UChicago, the application fee is $75.

UChicago Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of UChicago's admissions stats.

UChicago 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 99%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 49%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 35%
Waitlist Yes

University of Chicago Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Chicago.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 ––
Early Decision II Yes January 3 ––
Early Action No November 1 ––

Considering Applying Early to UChicago?

UChicago offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 3.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1.

Some students apply early to college to boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Chicago Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to UChicago?

It is extremely difficult to get into UChicago. UChicago evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UChicago accepted 6% of all applicants, around 2,460 from the 37,974 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like UChicago, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of Chicago

For more information on transferring to University of Chicago, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to UChicago

UChicago has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does UChicago Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UChicago

What does UChicago consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Academic GPA Considered
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
State Residency Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with UChicago for more information on admission factors.

UChicago 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to UChicago, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with UChicago's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UChicago?

UChicago has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 48% submitted a class rank. At UChicago 99% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Chicago, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 62.45%
3.75 and 3.99 24.54%
3.50 and 3.74 9.41%
3.25 and 3.49 2.43%
3.00 and 3.24 0.81%
2.50 and 2.9 0.15%
2.00 and 2.49 0.22%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to UChicago directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

UChicago considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

UChicago has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 49% of UChicago's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 35% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for UChicago?

To be competitive with other UChicago applicants, you should strive to score between 1510 and 1560 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UChicago 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1560 and 25% of scored lower than 1510, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UChicago students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 740 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UChicago students scored 780 or higher, and 75% scored a 740 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for UChicago?

To be most competitive at UChicago, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UChicago's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UChicago students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to University of Chicago

Transfer students can enroll in UChicago during the following terms:

• Fall Term

UChicago Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UChicago?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UChicago.

Does UChicago accept transfer credits?

✅ UChicago accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does UChicago accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ UChicago accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UChicago?

❌ No, UChicago is test optional, so you can choose whether to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is UChicago's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for UChicago is 6%.

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How hard is it to get into UChicago? UChicago is a selective institution. The UChicago acceptance rate is 6%. This means that the institution accepts 6 out of every 100 applicants.


UChicago Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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UChicago ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


33 to 35


33 and Less


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UChicago SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1510 - 1560


Math SAT Range

770 - 800


Reading SAT Range

740 - 780

UChicago GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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