jooceful, yes, please direct this question to the international admissions team.
padine, my apologies for being vague. Students should e-mail their letter of interest; if you wish to submit additional updates beyond the letter, they should be uploaded to your UChicago Account, and faxed if for some reason you are not able to complete an upload. You may wish to note in your letter of interest that you have done this, but if you have faxed or uploaded the additional materials, it is not necessary to also include the materials as attachments to your email (we would just wind up uploading them to your account anyway-- which is taken care of directly by you if you upload them yourself, eliminating us as a middle-man!)
Quick questions. Last year, of several students from my school that applied, one was accepted and the other waitlisted. When the accepted student turned Chicago down for another school, the waitlisted student was offered admission. Now, I don't want to go ascribing a causality where there is none -- and I'm sure there are many things you guys look at while accepting of the WL -- but is it OK to presume there is some correlation between the kind of students that go to another school from Chicago and the kind of students that are accepted off the waitlist? (i.e. an international student going somewhere else would be replaced by another international). I understand that there is a lot of grey area surrounding this.
Secondly, and more importantly, I've completed a LOT of IB work (IAs, EEs, ToK essays, etc.) since the time that I applied -- some of this work is a good show of my talent but also quite long. I would love to upload this on my Portal but I'm afraid that it might be too time consuming to be useful. Would you suggest that I upload it anyway or would it be rather to get a short note from my respective teachers detailing their impression of this work?
I know we're not *required* to send in third quarter grades, but are they important in your decision of whom to take from the wait list? I plan to send in a letter and updates of awards, etc., but, honestly, my grades have dropped (albeit not significantly). How much do you value them in the end, and is not sending them at all a detriment to one's chances?
chaldo, we will hope to see a final report from students when one is available. This is not a firm requirement, as we know that students' final grades may not be available until later in the process-- some schools let out as late as mid June, and we understand this. So, please try to keep your grades strong and send in the information if a final grade report becomes available-- but, if one is not available, it is not something to worry about.
chocolias, no, it is not a firm commitment. Accepting a place on the waitlist indicates to us that you are very interested in attending if we were to accept you off of the waitlist-- but you would be free to choose to come or to decline our offer.
Grace, thank you for answering my previous question, but I have another one: How does de admissions system work? Being much more specific, If I were to say yes to another school -by may 1st's deadline-, would I be able to change my decision if I were offered a slot at UChicago?
Chileguy-- yes. Schools understand that they may lose some students to waiting lists at other schools; if you accept a place at another college by May 1 (which we STRONGLY encourage students to do), you are still welcome to accept an offer from UChicago, if one comes. You would forfeit the enrollment deposit at your other school to attend UChicago, but it is common practice for waitlisted students to accept an offer at a different school and notify that school that they will not be attending once/if they are accepted off of the waiting list at a different school.
2yuexue and Challenged; there is really not a concise way to answer this question, I am sorry. As Challenged noted, I would not ascribe causality to the situation he describes; it is one of many possible situations.
But I do have another question. In the past, it seemed a common practice for uchicago to take off students from the waitlist before May 1. I thought before May 1 you would have no idea as to how many to take off if you were to take off. Can you share the possible reasons for uchicago to take off people from the waitlist before you hear all the responses and what kind of people you took off that soon?
We are sometimes-- but not always-- able to take students off of the waiting list before May 1. This has happened in years when enough admitted students have let us know they will not be attending before May 1, such that we know we will have space for additional students off of the waiting list. We do not know one way or another if this will be the case this year. The types of students we accept off of the waiting list are as varied as it comes, so I am not sure there is any additional guidance I can offer on that front.
bluelover, the number of students we have been able to accept off of the waiting list varies widely from year to year, and each year's situation is independent of the situation in past years; as such, we do not release this information, as at best it may not be relevant and, at worst, misleading.