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UChicago Questions? Ask an admissions counselor!

UChicagoUChicago 1013 replies68 discussionsCollege Rep Posts: 1,081 Senior Member
edited January 2014 in University of Chicago
Hello everyone,

Welcome! If you're reading this, I'll assume you're interested in learning more about UChicago-- an excellent choice, if I do say so myself. I'm Grace*, a Senior Admissions Counselor and a member of the Outreach team in the admissions office here, and a college alumna. Over this year, I'll be on hand to answer any questions you might have about UChicago and the opportunities we offer.

Although CC can be a good way to have general questions answered, your best source of information in the application cycle is and still will be your regional admissions counselor and our website, collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu. You can find out who your regional counselor is by looking at the "Contact Us" portion of our website, which should be updated with our new territories soon; if you're from my neighborhood (Virginia and Maryland minus DC and immediate suburbs, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota) I'd love to hear from you, but would appreciate if you'd contact me at the address listed on that page. Further, I'll be checking this account frequently but not constantly, so if you have an urgent question please go ahead and defer to your regional counselor or our general office contact line listed on that page.

If you'd like to get in direct contact with a current student, feel free to do so in a separate post, or by e-mailing [email protected].

Although I hope this goes without saying, I am not able to "chance" you or to offer you any information about your likelihood of admission or your application status. I'm also not able to offer information about specific financial aid decisions or individual admissions decisions. Again, if you have specific questions about your application, please reach out to your regional counselor.

I am, however, happy to be here, and happy to let you know anything you'd like to know about UChicago. So... ask away!

Best,

Grace Chapin

*Some of you may remember me from my days as a student posting here-- yes, I am "that Grace". I'm full-time counseling staff now, so although you may be tempted, please do go ahead and defer your student life questions to our current students; as I am now officially an old person, I'm sure they'll be able to answer them much more accurately than I could :)
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  • DarthSpawnusDarthSpawnus 616 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 621 Member
    Even though it says around 12-15% of total undergraduate students in U of C are international students could you tell me approximately what percentage of students in an entering freshman class are international? And any idea on how many of them receive financial aid?
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  • UChicagoUChicago 1013 replies68 discussionsCollege Rep Posts: 1,081 Senior Member
    Hi Darth, while it can vary slightly between incoming classes, the percentage of transfer students in the incoming class usually mirrors the overall percentage in the College at about 11 or 12%. And, on the last bit, sorry but no-- it varies from year to year.
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  • DarthSpawnusDarthSpawnus 616 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 621 Member
    Yeah I can get it
    Thanks
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  • DarthSpawnusDarthSpawnus 616 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 621 Member
    Hey Grace I had another question: Is fin aid available for internationals wishing to apply EA?
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  • UChicagoUChicago 1013 replies68 discussionsCollege Rep Posts: 1,081 Senior Member
    Yes, there is aid available for EA international students. You can find out more info about international student applications and financial aid here: https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/applicants/international/
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  • DarthSpawnusDarthSpawnus 616 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 621 Member
    Thanks a lot :)
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  • moneybagsmoneybags 56 replies15 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    What type of merit scholarships are available? What are the typical stats of students that receive them? Thanks.
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  • UChicagoUChicago 1013 replies68 discussionsCollege Rep Posts: 1,081 Senior Member
    We offer limited merit scholarships in $5k, $10k, and $15k per year denominations, as well as scholarships for students who are National Merit finalists. We also offer separate scholarships to select Chicago Public Schools students, children of active-duty Chicago police and fire personnel, and children of Argonne National Lab employees.

    We do not keep separate statistics on our merit scholarship recipients; about 10% of the incoming class receives some form of merit award.
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  • rbouwensrbouwens 710 replies226 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 936 Member
    How much weight is placed on standardized testing scores for admission?
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  • UChicagoUChicago 1013 replies68 discussionsCollege Rep Posts: 1,081 Senior Member
    @Rbouwens, we do consider an SAT or ACT score in the admissions process, but as we evaluate applications holistically it is given no more weight than any other portion of the application-- we're looking at everything the student tells us alongside it, including the high school transcript, essays, rec letters, and extracurricular activities.
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  • college1123college1123 21 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Is UChicago's EA restrictive?
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  • ZwlochZwloch 1 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1 New Member
    what do you look for in prospective students? What sets the accepted students apart from the rejected? (other than the fact that they're either accepted or rejected :p)
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  • UChicagoUChicago 1013 replies68 discussionsCollege Rep Posts: 1,081 Senior Member
    No, we are unrestricted EA.
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  • neiro6neiro6 401 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 410 Member
    Is it better to continue to take a variety of classes in your junior and senior years or to pursue advanced (AP or equivalent) studies only in the broad subject area you are interested in going into in college? As an admissions person, would you be more likely to think that the person was lazy and avoiding classes they didn't like, or that the person was just very interested in a different subject area?

    I'll avoid giving any more information to keep it from getting too individual ;)
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  • perfect36perfect36 173 replies11 discussions- Posts: 184 Junior Member
    what qualities does UChicago look for in a transfer applicant?
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  • UChicagoUChicago 1013 replies68 discussionsCollege Rep Posts: 1,081 Senior Member
    @neiro6, we are interested in seeing both that you've challenged yourself with your curriculum but, as our school is built on the foundation of the Core, that you're interested in taking courses in a broad variety of subjects. There's no right answer here; I think your high school guidance counselor would be a good resource for what to take specifically.
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  • college1123college1123 21 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Will UChicago know if I apply to both UChicago and another school EA? If so, will this influence their decision to accept me?
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  • flufflypandas101flufflypandas101 9 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Does University of Chicago take into account a reasonable explanation of why grades slipped during a high school academic year when evaluating an applicant?

    Also, does the university look over an applicant's entire academic courses or only place the initial interest on the academic GPA?

    Thank you very much!
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  • ca2012ca2012 122 replies18 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    Will taking my AP exams at the end of my senior year hurt my application?
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  • UChicagoUChicago 1013 replies68 discussionsCollege Rep Posts: 1,081 Senior Member
    @perfect36: we are looking for the same kinds of things in our transfer applicants as we are in our freshman applicants-- strong students interested in attending UChicago!

    @college1123: no, if you are applying here EA and to other schools EA we will not know; we participate in unrestricted early action, so you are apply to as many schools as you would like to EA. HOWEVER, if you are applying restrictive Early Action (where you are asked to only apply to one school) or Early Decision to another school, please respect the restrictions placed on those types of applications and do not apply here Early Action.

    @flufflypandas101: we will be happy to receive an explanation of why your grades may have slipped should you choose to include one. We evaluate transcripts in the context of the student and their school, and do not have GPA cutoffs for students-- we realize many different schools operate under different systems (4.0, weighted, unweighted, out of 100, smiley faces or frowny faces...) so the transcript itself is what is really important to us, not the number on top of it.

    @ca2012: AP exam results are not required for admission so, no, it should not be a problem.
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