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University of Chicago

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1892
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Quarter
Undergraduate student body: 4,807
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $4,662,286,438
Admissions Address

5801 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.9
Send application by: January 2
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Theodore O'Neill
Admissions office telephone: (773) 702-8650
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 2
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: $350 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 4
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies N/A 2
History N/A 2
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A 19

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 5
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized test scores: Considered
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 38%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 49%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 34%
Total applicants: 9,538
Total acceptances: 3,670
Total freshman enrollment: 1,259
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 46%
Male applicants: 4,552
Male acceptances: 1,749
Male freshman enrollment: 622
Female applicants: 4,986
Female acceptances: 1,921
Female freshman enrollment: 637
Out-of-state freshmen: 78%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,791
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 888
Students enrolled from waiting list: 13


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 80%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 97%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 60%
Average high school GPA: 3.9
First-year students submitting GPA: 67%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 81%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 670 - 770
Math: 650 - 760
Combined: 1320 - 1530


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 62.0% 57.0%
600-699 30.0% 35.0%
500-599 7.0% 7.0%
400-499 1.0% 1.0%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 42%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 29 - 33
Math: 27 - 33
Composite: 28 - 33


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 64.0% 66.0% 55.0%
24-29 32.0% 29.0% 40.0%
18-23 4.0% 5.0% 5.0%
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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