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UChicago Accepted Class of 2022

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  • astrofanastrofan Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Is it possible (or ethical) to ask for more financial aid if they don't provide enough?
  • mylhu1011mylhu1011 Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    @astrofan You can appeal your financial aid award by filling out a form located on UChicago's financial aid website and emailing or faxing it to their office.
  • mylhu1011mylhu1011 Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    @astrofan Also, just to add to the residential hall conversation, I live in North currently and it's a fantastic dorm! However, it's definitely not for everyone. North is a very modern dorm, and the all-white walls can make things feel a little sterile sometimes. Each house has a color scheme that dictates the aesthetic of its lounge space, but that might not be enough to make it feel homey for some people. It's also *cold* in the mornings. This doesn't matter much during the 3-ish weeks that bookend the school year, but during the winter it's pretty rough if you wake up early enough to feel it. And our dining hall is arguably the worst on campus, though I still eat there because I love my house :)

    How close your house is honestly varies from year to year, because a lot of second-years move off campus and there are only a few third- and fourth-year holdovers from the old Pierce and New Grad houses. If you get placed in North, don't expect your house to be anywhere near as tight-knit as the ones in BJ or Snitchcock, simply because there are 100 people in each one. But it seems like roughly half are pretty close for their size.
  • JHSJHS Registered User Posts: 17,944 Senior Member
    @astrofan It's always possible to appeal your aid determination. Whether you will be successful or not is another matter. To have a chance of succeeding, you really need to present a logical, fact-based argument that there is some mistake in their calculations, or some unique set of circumstances they haven't taken into account sufficiently. Some gamesmanship can come into play, too (a better offer from a peer college, a credible threat to walk away from an ED admit), but you really have to offer an acceptable objective basis for any change in aid.

    @f77a9b82 if your father graduated 30 years ago, does his house still exist? The houses in Snell-Hitchcock and some of the houses in BJ were in existence then, but the vast majority of current houses are less than 20 years old. As they have built or established new dorms, they have created new houses rather than moving the houses associated with the dorms being closed.
  • astrofanastrofan Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Also, what do you think are the merits and demerits of your roommate having the same interest/major as you, in my case, Physics or Mathematics?
  • astrofanastrofan Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    ...at UChicago...
  • JHSJHS Registered User Posts: 17,944 Senior Member
    @astrofan Parental advice. At the beginning of first year, you will spend a ton of time with your roommates and housemates, and think they are by far the most important people in your college world. By the end of first year, that may still be true, but I think for most people they are spending far more time with people who are not roommates or housemates but whom they met through shared classes or activities. Those people may or may not become future roommates. The situation can change a lot over time, so there really isn't one answer to this question.

    In college, not at Chicago, I never had a roommate with the same interests/major as I. I learned a lot from my roommates about other fields that I wouldn't have learned had they not been my roommates. That was a very positive aspect of my college experience. It's really, really easy to meet and to make friends with people who share your interests and/or major, and you wind up spending a lot of time with them anyway. You don't need to spend 100% of your time in the same bubble.

    One of my kids did share an apartment fourth year with a close friend who had the same major and many of the same interests. In one sense, it was great, because they talked through a lot of issues in their honors theses together. In another sense, it may have been somewhat harmful to my kid. They didn't mean to be competitive, but they sort of couldn't help it, and that made my kid feel like a loser on occasion. The roommate was something of a star in the department, more than my kid, and my kid decided it would not make sense to try for a PhD program in that field because there would not be an effective way to compete with people like the roommate. (Now, it's nine years later, and the roommate is finishing up a PhD program and wishing that instead, like my kid, she had started a non-academic career. But that's another set of issues.) They shared an apartment again in New York for two years a year later, before the roommate started grad school, and they are still close. But I think my kid actually preferred the situation second and third years, living with STEM people (which my kid wasn't).

    My other kid, second year, shared an apartment in a small building where every apartment had at least one or two kids (including mine) involved in the same EC at some level or another -- probably something more than half of the people in the building (~ 10 of 16 total). That was a lot of fun. It was like a theme house. The apartment was completely crummy, though. The next year, my kid moved to a nicer apartment with a friend from a different shared EC (but very different academic interests).
  • 85bears4685bears46 Registered User Posts: 381 Member
    On a related note, a lot (if not the majority) of Hyde Park apartments ( except the new ones like Vue 53) can be pretty crummy inside. I like to joke with my wife that many of those were not built even in the last century but the one before that (in late 1890's).

    This is U of Chicago. You normally don't spend a lot of time at your dorm/apartment other than sleeping. Still my point is that off campus housing at Hyde Park is not of the highest quality (to put it mildly).
  • Cue7Cue7 Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    @85bears46 - except that, like all of Hyde Park, there's a lot more variety now than ever before. Hyde Park has plenty of crummy, inexpensive, college student-centric apartments. It also has some really nice older apartment buildings AND, a proliferating inventory of high-rise luxury apartment buildings.

    Back in my day, I think the only high-rise around was Regents Park.

    Now, there are no fewer than six luxury high-rises in Hyde Park:

    Regents Park
    City Hyde Park
    Vue 53
    Hyde Park Tower
    The Shoreland
    Solstice on the Park

    (YMMV with the management at these places, but there's no doubt there are more residential options in Hyde Park than ever before. Also, as the student body continues to get wealthier, you'll find more and more college students heading to these options, if they want them.)

  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,705 Senior Member
    If you want to know where the good apartment buildings are, check out where the Booth students are living (although I understand that a greater % of them also live in South Loop or Downtown now). In my day: Shoreland, Regents Park, and various nice walk-ups that might rent or sublet. More choice now - a very good thing.
  • marlowe1marlowe1 Registered User Posts: 490 Member
    Choice is good, but it's bad for the character to live as an undergrad in posh settings. Student digs are meant to be places of relative hardship and deprivation. You can find that proposition in Aristotle.
  • phil_the_phoenixphil_the_phoenix Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Does UChicago send a package of swag to accepted students? I feel like I read something about accepted people receiving a shirt, hat, etc. last year. If so, when will it arrive?
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,705 Senior Member
    Last year my daughter received a UChicago T and a scarf at the very least. By the time you get through O-Week, you will be the proud owner of at least a couple of UChicago T's. You might have one from visit days as well. Be sure to wear your Class of 2022 T to Convocation!

    As usual, @marlowe, your post makes a lot of sense. That deprivation and hardship used to generate all sorts of inspiring thoughts, including plans for how to pay for nicer accommodations once you left school.
  • astrofanastrofan Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    So, the package that we are going to receive in mid-Jan will be a shirt and something of that sort, right?
  • astrofanastrofan Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Like what exactly is the small welcome package?
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