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Does U of Chicago send everyone lots of unsolicited mail or just me?


Replies to: Does U of Chicago send everyone lots of unsolicited mail or just me?

  • ThankYouforHelpThankYouforHelp Registered User Posts: 1,229 Senior Member
    That handful of applicants are on the football or basketball teams - I guarantee it.
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
    Maybe, but that isn't the point, the point is that they advertise that the bottom is pretty low which encourages regular students to apply that really have no shot.
  • ThankYouforHelpThankYouforHelp Registered User Posts: 1,229 Senior Member
    Perhaps. All top schools get tons of applications from students that really have no shot. Chicago is the only one that gets criticized for it.
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
    I would agree with that, and UChicago is taking the hits because of its evolving admissions policies over the last few years. The other top schools, like you said, have been doing this for a long time.
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
    edited March 2017
    It would be nice if they would publish the stats for their recruited athletes, I bet that would cause a lot of wailing and outcry over the unfairness of admissions to top schools. Of course that would never happen as it's a no win situation for the school.
  • ChrchillChrchill Registered User Posts: 912 Member
    The key change that more than halved UChicago's admissions rate was its acceptance of the common application. Same for many other schools.
  • denydenzigdenydenzig Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    There may also be another phenomenon going on here. When a Harvard or Stanford rejects an applicant, the applicant is more likely to just suck it up, but there is a lot of resentment generated when a school like Chicago or Duke or NU reject an applicant. There is a "How dare you reject mois" outrage that is generated. These schools apparently don't have the permission to just reject 90%+ of their applicants. If they do, they must be doing something shady. Maybe it is yield protection, Maybe it is bait and switch. Maybe it is just "dirty application grubbing" etc etc.

    There must be a conspiracy theory, because these Universities just don't have the brand permission to be "Hoity toity" in the minds of most applicants :-)

  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
    Part of that is due to the length of time they have been rejecting applicants. People have gotten use to the HYPS schools having low acceptance rates. Really these rates are coming down for UChicago, Columbia, Brown, and a few others is because more students are applying to these schools plus the HYPS and MIT/Caltech. Albeit UChicago has seen this drop much more dramatically than any other institution.
  • FStratfordFStratford Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    @denydenzig ha ha ha on "How dare you reject mois"
  • CariñoCariño Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    Honestly, marketing is very important. My daughter is a super strong student (ACT=35; 12 AP's with 5's; and many awards), and she fell in love with UChicago after visiting and receiving all that information, people there (Jim Nondorf is amazing!) are incredible, enthusiastic, and "down to earth". Stanford, for example, never got in touch with her (that was the only one that sent her the brochure without a letter!!!!!) and she did not want to apply there. Marketing is important. She was accepted in 6 top schools already (UChicago of course), and waiting for few more...tomorrow...
  • 57special57special Registered User Posts: 314 Member
    edited April 2017
    Got the T shirt today, and S1 thinks it looks fab. Eerie thing is that it fits perfectly. S1 is a bright kid, but with a 32 ACT and 3.6 GPA( albeit with a very demanding course load ) is unlikely to make it into U of C, unless their baseball team has some pull( VG HS player), which I have heard is uncommon.

    Will S1 apply, even though he knows chances are somewhere between slim and none( even though uncle is a prof there and the baseball team could REALLY use some help)? You betcha!

    Just keep sending T shirts for the rest of the fam. I'll take an XL, wife an ES, please!

  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
    @Cariño my DD story is very similar, zero interest in anything west coast; UChicago went the extra mile and it paid off for them and her.
  • sbballersbballer Registered User Posts: 447 Member
    hey marketing works... and U of Chicago is the best in the business.

    I'm sure they are doing advanced analytics on open rates, application rates etc. I suspect that their campaigns are very data driven and they wouldn't be sending that many if it didn't give them a positive ROI.

    I give them props.
  • melvin123melvin123 Registered User Posts: 772 Member
    Wait, the university is actually mailing some HS Juniors Tshirts?
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
    Normally rising seniors
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