University of Chicago (IL)

University of Chicago (IL)

Deadline

Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016

Early Decision II: Jan. 1, 2017

Early Action: Nov. 1, 2016 

Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

 

Common Application

Yes 

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Supplemental Essay Questions: 

  •  Choose one of the seven extended essay options and upload a one- or two- page response.
    • What is square one, and can you actually go back to it? -Inspired by Maya Shaked, Class of 2018
    • Once, renowned physicist Werner Heisenberg said: “There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized. Unity and complementarity constitute reality.” Whether it’s Georges Seurat’s pointillism in “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, quantum physics, or any other field of your choosing, when can the parts be separated from the whole and when can they not? -Inspired by Ender Sahin, Class of 2020
    • The ball is in your court—a penny for your thoughts, but say it, don’t spray it. So long as you don’t bite off more than you can chew, beat around the bush, or cut corners, writing this essay should be a piece of cake. Create your own idiom, and tell us its origin—you know, the whole nine yards. PS: A picture is worth a thousand words. -Inspired by April Bell, Class of 2017, and Maya Shaked, Class of 2018 (It takes two to tango.)
    • Alice falls down the rabbit hole. Milo drives through the tollbooth. Dorothy is swept up in the tornado. Neo takes the red pill. Don’t tell us about another world you’ve imagined, heard about, or created. Rather, tell us about its portal. Sure, some people think of the University of Chicago as a portal to their future, but please choose another portal to write about. -Inspired by Raphael Hallerman, Class of 2020
    • Vestigiality refers to genetically determined structures or attributes that have apparently lost most or all of their ancestral function, but have been retained during the process of evolution. In humans, for instance, the appendix is thought to be a vestigial structure. Describe something vestigial (real or imagined) and provide an explanation for its existence. -Inspired by Tiffany Kim, Class of 2020
    • In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose your own question or choose one of our past prompts. Be original, creative, thought provoking. 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. You can find our past prompts here: http://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/essay/past-essay-questions
  • 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 UChicago.
  • (Optional) Share with us a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, pieces of music, musicians, performers, paintings, artists, blogs, magazines, or newspapers. Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed, or add a category of your own.


Coalition Application

Yes 

Coalition Application Essays:

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution. 
  • Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice

Supplemental Essay Question (to be updated)


Universal College Application

Yes

Universal College Application Essay:

Please write and/or upload an essay (650 words or fewer) on a topic of your choice that demonstrates your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. Some ideas include writing about: a person you admire; a life-changing experience; or your viewpoint on a particular current event. 

Supplemental Essay Question

Submitted through UChicago account separately


Documents Required:

  • Application and Supplement (Submit ONLY ONE Application)
  • $75 Application Fee or Waiver 
  • Secondary School Report 
  • Mid-Year Report 
  • 2 Teacher Evaluations
  • SAT (w/o writing) or ACT (w/o writing)
  • TOEFL (100 min), IELTS (7.0 min), or PTE (70 min)


Other Information:
Address: The University of Chicago
              Office of College Admissions
              1101 E 58th Street, RO 105
              Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-702-8650(Admissions Office)
Fax :
 773-702-4199 
Application Info:
 https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/admissions/

SAT/TOEFL Code: 1832
ACT Code:
1152

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