2010 University of Chicago transfer

Common App


Transfer Deadline

Mar. 1(F)

  • SAT I or ACT: required 
  • SAT II: optional
  • Recommendation letter(s): 2
  • Minimum credits
  • Others
at least one completed term as a full-time student in a degree-seeking program at another college or university
  • Documents
    • Application for Admission
    • Application Fee or Waiver
    • Test Scores
    • College Official’s Report
    • Two Instructor Evaluations
    • College Transcripts
    • Secondary School Report and Transcripts
Contact Info
  • Address
1101 E. 58th Street, Suite 105
Chicago, IL 60637
United States of America
  • Phone: 773-702-8650
  • Fax: 773-702-4199
  • Email: collegeadmissions@uchicago.edu

Essay Questions
Common Apps
  • Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below (150 words or fewer, 1000 character maximum). 
  • Please provide a statement (250 words minimum) that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.
  • Include any additional information that you would like to provide regarding special circumstances, additional qualifications, etc. (1000 characters)
Respond to Question 1 and Question 2 by writing a paragraph or two for each question. Then choose one of the five extended essay options, indicate your choice, and write a one- or two-page response. This is your chance to play, analyze (don't agonize), create, compose - let us hear the result of your thinking about something that interest you, in a voice that is your own.

  • 1. How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to Chicago
  • 2. Please tell us why you are planning to leave (or have already left) your current college or university.

Extended Essay:(required; choose one of five)

  • Essay Option 1. Find xInspired by Benjamin Nuzzo, an admitted student from Eton College, UK
  • Essay Option 2. Dog and Cat. Coffee and Tea. Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye. Everyone knows there are two types of people in the world. What are they?Inspired by an alumna of the class of 2006
  • Essay Option 3. Salt, governments, beliefs, and celebrity couples are a few examples of things that can be dissolved. You've just been granted the power to dissolve anything: physical, metaphorical, abstract, concrete...you name it. What do you dissolve, and what solvent do you use? Inspired by Greg Gabrellas, A.B. 2009
  • Essay Option 4. "Honesty is the best policy, but honesty won't get your friend free birthday cake at the diner." - Overheard in the city of Chicago
Does society require constant honesty? Why is it (or why is it not) problematic to shift the truth in one's favor, even if the lie is seemingly harmless to others? If we can be "conveniently honest," what other virtues might we take more lightly? Inspired by Eleanor Easton, a second-year in the College
  • Essay Option 5. In the interest of adventurous inquiry, pose a question of your own. If your prompt is original and thoughtful, then you should have little trouble writing a great essay. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk and have fun.