The University of Chicago 2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    The University of Chicago nationally ranked #3 among public universities in the US has witnessed the stringest acceptance rate of 6% for the recent 2019 admissions. Outside of the Ivy League, Chicago is one of top universities in US and holds top-ten positions in various national and international rankings. A total of 34,641 students applied for admissions this semester, out of which, 2,067 students were offered admission. Currently, 17,452 (6,891 undergraduate) students are enrolled in the university with over 14% international students. 

    Programs offered by the University of Chicago include over 52 majors and 45 minors, and 101 graduate programs through its six professional schools, five divisions of graduate research, and a college.

    The University of Chicago does a holistic review of applications. Apart from grades, your essays, recommendations, the rigor of courses taken, and more plays an important role as well.

    • Applications for international UG students have four deadlines: Early Action, Early Decision I, Early Decision II and Regular Decision.
    • The students usually receive an admission decision within 4 – 5 weeks, post application submission.
    • UG students can apply through either the Common or Coalition Application Portal. And submit along with it the University of Chicago Supplement.
    • It is a Test-Optional Institute. Undergraduate applicants may or may not choose to submit SAT/ACT scores.
    • Graduate programs may require GMAT/GRE scores.
    • Admitted applicants in the last admission cycle had the following profile (fall 2020 entering class):
      • ACT Middle 50%: 34-35
      • SAT Middle 50%: 1510-1560
      • ACT Score Range (Admitted Students): 20-36
      • SAT Score Range (Admitted Students): 1020-1600


    Application Portal UG: Common/Coalition Application along with the University of Chicago Supplement
    PG: Varies with every school
    Application Fee UG: 75 USD
    PG: 85 – 250 USD
    Acceptance Rate 9%
    Graduation Rate 92.9%
    Mode of Payment Visa/MasterCard Credit Card
    SAT Score (middle 50%) 1500 – 1560
    ACT Score (middle 50%) 33 – 35
    International Application Deadlines UG: November 1/January 2
    PG: Varies with every course
    Academic Calendar Semester
    Intake Seasons Fall/Spring
    Interview Requirements Required for MBA
    Work Experience Recommended- MBA
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    University of Chicago Admission Deadlines

    The admission process at the University of Chicago begins during the Fall or Spring season. The following table shows the deadlines for international students, for submitting the applications online:

    Application Early Action  Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision 
    Application Due Date November 2 November 2 January 4 January 4
    Admission Decision Release Date Mid-December Mid-December Mid-February Late March
    Student Reply Due Date May 1 Mid-January Early March May 1

    University of Chicago International Admissions

    All international applicants need to provide some additional documents in order to apply for admissions at the University of Chicago. General admission requirements include:

    • Completed Application
    • Supplementary essays
    • Transcripts
    • Different standardized exams to study in US
    • Two teacher evaluations
    • Financial Aid application(optional)
    • Supplements (portfolio, resume, video profile )
    • Financial statement or proof of financial support

    English Language Requirements 

    International students must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below, to be eligible for admissions at University of Chicago:

    English Test Minimum Scores Required
    TOEFL (PBT) 600
    IELTS 7.0
    PTE 70

    Visa Requirements

    Any foreign citizen seeking education in the US requires to be issued an F-1 or a J-1 student visa. To obtain this visa, the student will require a certificate of Eligibility (form I-20 or DS-2019).

    The accepted applicant will need to submit a I-20/DS-2019 request form. Once the form has been completed, submitted and reviewed by the office, the applicant will be notified within 5 days if their form has been accepted or rejected.

    Once issued, the applicant must pay their SEVIS fee receipt and schedule their visa appointment.

    University of Chicago Undergraduate Admission

    It offers over 52 majors and 45 minors. The most popular majors at the University of Chicago include Social Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Public Administration and Social Service Professions.

    Application Portal: Coalition Application/Common App

    Application Fee: 75 USD

    Admission Requirements: Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for the University of Chicago admissions:

    • Completed Application
    • Official High School Transcripts
      • Must be accompanied by English translations if not in English.
    • Essay and/or SOP for US
    • Letters of recommendation to study in US
    • Secondary School Report and Transcript
    • Two Teacher Evaluations
    • Midyear Report
    • SAT/ACT Scores (Test-Optional)
    • Optional Components
      • Financial Aid Application
      • Optional Video Profile
      • Supplemental Materials: Optional Art, Creative, Research, or Other Supplements
    • International applicants must submit English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo). Minimum required scores are:
      • TOEFL (PBT): 600
      • IELTS: 7.0
    • Bank Statements
    • Verification/Affidavit of Sponsor’s Financial Support Form

    University of Chicago SAT/ ACT Score Requirements

     Applicants must submit either ACT or SAT score along with the application. These scores are valid for a period of 5 years. The required scores accepted during 2019 admissions are as follows:

    Test Name 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
    SAT Math 755 800
    SAT Reading and Writing 730 780
    SAT Composite 1480 1580
    ACT Math 31 35
    ACT English 33 35
    ACT Composite 32 35
    • Percentage of students who submitted SAT Scores: 47%
    • Percentage of students who submitted ACT Scores: 67%

    Supporting Documents: Transcripts, secondary school report, 2 teacher evaluations, mid-year report to be submitted by the school counsellor.

    University of Chicago Graduate Admissions

    The University of Chicago has 12 graduate schools that offer more than 101 courses. Most graduate programs have a different requirement, fee and admission process. The students apply to get enrollment during the Autumn semester.

    How to apply: The applications are submitted through the respective school’s website.

    Application Fee: Varies with each course.

    When to apply: Deadlines vary with each course and school. Students are admitted in Fall, Spring and Autumn seasons.

    Academic Requirements for International Students: GRE/GMAT/LSAT (valid for 3 to 5 years) and English language test scores like TOEFL/IELTS are required.

    Supporting Documents: Degrees, transcripts, translated transcripts if not in English, grading system, LORs, SOP, or objectives, etc. are basic requirements for each course.

    Interviews: May be conducted, depending upon the course requirement.

    University of Chicago MBA Admissions

    Application Portal: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

    Application Fee: 250 USD

    Academic Requirements for International Students: GMAT/GRE, TOEFL/IELTS/PTE are required for admission.

    Supporting Documents: A valid UG degree from the US/equivalent to the US, 2 LORs and unofficial scanned transcripts from all institutions.

    • It is highly recommended to have professional experience.
    • There is also an interview on an invitation basis only. Held either on-campus or on a location convenient to the applicant and the interviewer.

    University of Chicago LLM Admissions

    Application Portal: LSAC

    Application Fee: 85 USD

    Academic Requirements for International Students: GRE, TOEFL/IELTS are required for admissions to the course.

    Supporting Documents: UG Law degree from a recognized institution/equivalent to the US degree, 2 - 4 LORs, resume/CV and a brief personal statement.

    • Must have the desired qualifications and permissions to practice law in the US, and be a member of the Bar.
    • Applicants must demonstrate ample proficiency in both written and spoken areas to be considered for admissions.

    University of Chicago MA Economics Admission

    Application Portal: University of Chicago Division of the Social Sciences

    Application Fee: 90 USD

    Academic Requirements for International Students: GRE, TOEFL/IELTS are required in order to be considered for admissions.

    Supporting Documents: Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended, 3 LORs, resume/CV, candidate statement (not more than 3 pages) and a writing sample which is highly recommended.

    University of Chicago Transfer Students Admission

    At the University of Chicago, students with a good academic background are selected for admissions. Since the university evaluates any application comprehensively, the admissions team are able to understand the candidates through their submitted applications.

    How to apply: Apply via Coalition Application and submit along with it the University of Chicago Supplement. 

    Application Fee: 75 USD

    Academic Requirements for International Students: The international students must submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.

    Supporting Documents: Final high school transcripts (translated if not in English), 2 teacher evaluations (one more could be submitted if the candidate feels the need for it), college reports and transcripts.


    Ques. I am an international student, how are my application requirements different?

    Ans. The same application forms are provided to international applicants and most of the processes they need to follow are very much similar to that of domestic applicants. Only additional requirements include providing evidence of English language proficiency. Also, if you feel you may require financial aid during your study then you must apply for the need-based financial aid provided by the University of Chicago. This needs to be applied at the time of submitting your application.

    Ques. I did not have a school counselor. Who will provide my Secondary School Report?

    Ans. In cases where a school does not have counselors, any school administrator is fit to complete your secondary school report. Independently hired consultants who are not a part of that organization can not complete your school report.

    Ques. What grades will confirm my admittance at the University of Chicago?

    Ans. While good academic grades are important for getting a place here, a large variety of information determines your admission. The university has a holistic reading process which includes assessment of all your application components, including test scores, recommendations and the overall pool of applicants.

    Ques. Are there any financial aid or scholarships available for international students? How can I apply for it?

    Ans. There are various need-based and merit-based financial aid options available at the University of Chicago. When applied for need-based and then offered admission by the university- it means they will provide you the demonstrated financial aid. This means that the university's process is need-sensitive. In the case of merit-based scholarships, there is no need to apply separately. Any international desiring to apply for financial aid must complete the International Financial Aid Worksheet and submit it online through their UChicago Account. Supporting documents like tax returns, receipts, and bank statements must be included.

    Ques. How should I upload my documents? Do I include photocopies of my awards and certificates?

    Ans. Documents can be scanned and uploaded while filling out your application. Please ensure that your application materials are in English, or have been provided with an additional English translation. In case of major activities and awards, no need to send their photocopies or certificates, merely listing them on the application is sufficient.

    Ques. Can students apply to UChicago, if they were unable to take the SAT/ACT?

    Ans. UChicago is test-optional, which means that we do not require students to share results of the SAT or ACT if you have been unable to test or prefer not to share their scores

    Ques. What type of supplemental materials can be submitted?

    Ans. The most effective supplements share a representative sample of work that is important to the applicant. One to two minutes of recorded work, two or three high-quality prints of a work of art, the best paragraph or page of a creatively written work, or an abstract of original research are recommended.

    Ques. Is there a word limit for the essay responses?

    Ans. They suggest that you note any word limits for Coalition or Common Application essays; however, there are no strict word limits on the UChicago supplement essays. For the extended essay (where you choose one of several prompts), they suggest that you aim for around 650 words.

    Ques. Do they admit a fixed number or percentage of students from each country?

    Ans. They do not admit a fixed number or percentage of students from each country. Overall, its classes are 12-15% international students from over 80 countries throughout the world.

    Ques. What do I need to do to apply for financial aid?

    Ans. The International Financial Aid Worksheet should be filled out and submitted online, through a student's UChicago Account. You should also submit supporting documents, like tax returns, receipts, and bank statements.


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