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UChicago ED II or RD

christine1019christine1019 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
Hello! I applied to uchicago with EA and got deferred so I need to make a decision whether do ED II or RD. I have 26 ACT, idk if I should retake in February and do RD or just do ED II with my 26 ACT. Which one do I have a higher chance of acceptance ? Thank you.
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Replies to: UChicago ED II or RD

  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,711 Senior Member
    Did UChicago tell you that you could retake the ACT and submit a higher score?
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,642 Forum Champion
    The average ACT for UChicago is 32-35. A 32 is at the 25th percentile and a 35 is at the 75th percentile. As it stands now your 26 is well below the 25th percentile. I would study and retake before applying -- if think you can get your score up significantly by taking the February ACT it could help your chances.
  • christine1019christine1019 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    edited December 2017
    @JBStillFlying They said they will accept February ACT for RD, and I think ED II decision comes out before the ACT score being released.
  • christine1019christine1019 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @happy1 So I go for RD even tho it’s might be harder than ED II ?
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,642 Forum Champion
    Your call...but your current ACT will be a major weakness your application.
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,711 Senior Member
    edited December 2017
    OP - it's hard to say w/o knowing what that Feb. score will look like (not to mention the rest of your application).

    Only YOU can make this decision so the folloiwng is food for thought to assist you in that. No need to answer these on the thread - they are for your reflection over the next few days:

    1) Why are you considering EDII? Are you willing to commit to the school if accepted? (if not, don't apply this option).

    2) Why do you think you were you deferred and not rejected? Or deferred and not accepted? What part do you think the low score played in this decision (ie was it the only negative factor or were there other things as well?)

    3) How do your stats, EC's and attributes (including any distinguishing factors about you) line up vis-a-vis others who were deferred EA? Check out the CC results thread or your classmates to get insight here.

    4) Should you opt for RD and re-take the ACT, what is your realistic expectation for a score improvement? You need to be realistic here - knowing nothing about you other than your score, IMHO leaping over the rest of the 20's is going to be tough-to-impossible. But you know much better than anyone here giving advice why you got a 26 in the first place, and what your odds are for significantly improving that.

    5) MOST IMPORTANT: What does your GC advise you to do? How about your parents? All of them will need to sign the binding EDII agreement along with you.

    6) Where else have you applied - what are your Plans B and C and how happy are you with them?

    Good luck to you!

  • lzparelzpare Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    don't forget that uchicago superscores!
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,711 Senior Member
    @lzpare with a 26 ACT you kinda hope that the 2nd test IS the superscore!
  • fbsdreamsfbsdreams Registered User Posts: 357 Member
    @christine1019 if you want to attend UChicago, then switch to EDII and in the letter/email you send to your advisor, let them know you will be retaking irrespective.

    Good Luck.
  • christine1019christine1019 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    edited December 2017
    @fbsdreams But I asked the admissions counselor and they said they can’t consider the February ACT for ED II, so do you think the email would work? Thank you.
  • christine1019christine1019 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @JBStillFlying I am trying to get my ACT score up to 32, but I also want to commit to Uchicago because it’s my top choice. So I’m not sure should I go with RD but tell them I’m commiting to the it, or do ED II and say I’ll be retaking my ACT in February, thank you.
  • fbsdreamsfbsdreams Registered User Posts: 357 Member
    Absolutely, don’t delay EDII for an updated score. Letting the counselor know should suffice in your email with the EDII agreement.
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,711 Senior Member
    edited December 2017
    @christine1019 just my opinion here but @fbsdreams has a great point. They can't consider the score because they won't have it by the time that decisions are released. But can they consider the very positive fact that you are taking it again regardless of how everything turns out as a strike in your favor? Absolutely they can. Committing AND retaking can be a strong signal that you are on board 100%, willing to do what it takes to make that happen, and personally dissatisfied with a result that doesn't reflect your abilities so want to correct that. In fact, you are retaking it as a matter of principle. Make sure that score goes directly to them.

    Good luck to you!
  • christine1019christine1019 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @JBStillFlying Yeah that’s what I’m thinking too, but with the 26 ACT when they review my application, will they actually consider the fact that I will be retaking the ACT or they are more likely just put me on the waitlist ? Thank you.
  • Houston1021Houston1021 Forum Champion Rice Posts: 682 Forum Champion
    edited December 2017
    A 26 is way too low for U Chicago unless you have some huge hook. There are going to be lots of applicants with 36 ACT scores that get denied. Look at the results threads from last year for a reality check. Last year the RD admit rate was VERY low. One of my daughter's friends was deferred from EA. She changed to ED2 and got in. Her father attended U Chicago, her sister is a current student, and she is Latino/Asian. Maybe you will get in too. You should take your best shot so you won't look back with regret. There is a thread in the University of Chicago page called ask an admissions counselor. You could also ask your question there.
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