An Intellectual Destination

A liberal arts college in the midst of a world-renowned research university, the University of Chicago offers a dynamic and well-rounded education, one where students encounter great thinkers, sharpen critical thinking skills, and engage in the life of the mind. UChicago is a global leader in scientific advancement, and plays a pivotal role as a central hub for innovation in quantum science and engineering. We’re intent on changing the world by asking tough questions, celebrating new ideas, and forming a community of scholars—one as supportive as it is transformative.

 

Undergraduate Education

At the University of Chicago, our Core curriculum is each student’s introduction to the tools of inquiry used in every discipline—humanities, social sciences, and natural and mathematical sciences. The Core is distinctive for its small, Socratic-style classes capped at a maximum of 19 students where learning takes place through discussion based primary texts.

Complementing the breadth of the Core curriculum are more than 50 majors and 40 minors, as well as dozens of areas of specialized study, with full-time academic advisers helping students navigate these opportunities from day one. The application process is the same for all students regardless of intended major and students are not required to choose a major until their third year.

 

Research and Career Opportunities

Original research is central to UChicago’s mission. 80% of UChicago students choose to do research, building on a tradition of world-changing discoveries. And there’s a lot to choose from: For instance, the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering on campus turns a traditional engineering education on its head; the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, allows students to explore biodiversity in a location dedicated to scientific discovery; and two National Laboratories (Argonne and Fermilab) offer students close involvement with groundbreaking work in the fields of physics, engineering, and energy. Overall, more than 160 research centers and committees provide a home for true innovation, including research in the humanities and social sciences, giving students opportunities to participate in ground-breaking discovery and analysis in a variety of fields.

At UChicago, career preparation begins with your first day as a UChicago student and builds on itself over the next four years. Each first-year student is given a career adviser in the Office of Career Advancement, which offers extensive professional support to students—from professional resources, to career opportunities, internships, an extensive alumni network, and more—throughout their time at the College and beyond.

 

Student Life

On campus, a UChicago student’s first community is their College House, where they live, learn, and grow alongside a hundred or so residents who represent a cross-section of the diverse student body. In addition to House programs, students participate in campus events and traditions like outdoor concerts, seasonal festivals, scavenger hunts, live theater and more.

UChicago offers more than 400 student organizations, including University Theater, fourteen fraternities and seven sororities, student film societies, Model United Nations, debate societies, music groups, student government, and more! Organizations include groups that focus on sports, culture, community service, politics, science, literature and academia. UChicago also boasts a rich history of campus and intercollegiate athletics. And, through twenty varsity sports, over 500 intramural teams, nearly 40 club sports, and the state-of-the-art Ratner Athletics Center, we all get in on the action.

The University of Chicago’s beautiful 217 acre campus (a certified botanic garden!) is located in the historic, residential neighborhood of Hyde Park which is known for its vibrant art scene. Only a short ride away from downtown, students also have access to everything the city of Chicago has to offer including parks, zoos, restaurants, internship opportunities, and professional sports.

 

Visiting

UChicago offers a comprehensive collection of resources, events, and opportunities to help you in your college search, including on-campus visits and student-led tours, virtual information sessions and tours, live model classes taught by our expert faculty, a 360° virtual tour of campus, and so much more! Please visit collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/visit for more information.

 

First-Year Application Deadlines

Early Action

  • Application Due Date:  November 1
  • Admission Decision by:  Mid-December
  • Student-Reply Due Date:  May 2

Early Decision I

  • Application Due Date: November 1
  • Admission Decision by: Mid-December
  • Student-Reply Due Date: January 15

Early Decision II

  • Application Due Date: January 4
  • Admission Decision by: Mid-February
  • Student-Reply Due Date: March 15

Regular Decision

  • Application Due Date:  January 4
  • Admission Decision by:  Late March
  • Student-Reply Due Date:  May 2

Applicants may apply for entrance in the autumn quarter only; students are not admitted in other quarters.

Our Early Action and Regular Decision programs are open and non-binding; students admitted under these plans have until May 2 to reply to their offer of admission. Our Early Decision-I and Early Decision-II programs are binding; if admitted, students applying under these decision plans agree to attend the University of Chicago and to withdraw any outstanding applications to other colleges.

Please visit our Transfer Applicants and International Transfer Applicants pages for deadlines and required materials for transfer applicants.

 

Required Application Materials

  • Coalition Application for Admission
  • High School Transcript
  • Secondary School Report
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
  • Midyear Report
  • Submitted Application Fee (if applying for need-based financial aid, there is no application fee)

 

Non-Required Materials

  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Financial Aid Application
  • Optional Video Profile
  • Supplemental Materials

 

Financial Aid

UChicago believes all students should have equal access to education and career opportunities, and empowers students from every background to attain a world- class education that prepares them for lifelong success. Our Stand Together Initiative, Empower Initiative, No Barriers philosophy and Odyssey Scholarship eliminate obstacles when applying to college, offer personalized support at every step, and ensure that students can leave college without student debt.

  • No application fee. Families who apply for financial aid do not have to pay an application fee to UChicago.
  • No student loan expectation. UChicago’s need-based financial aid is awarded as grants, which do not need to be repaid.
  • Guaranteed free tuition. Families whose income is less than $125,000 (with typical assets) will receive a financial aid award that covers at least full tuition. Families earning less than $60,000 per year will have tuition, fees, housing, and meals covered by financial aid.
  • Career support. Guidance starts with your personal career adviser, continues through four years of professional development, and offers real experience through 3,000+ paid internships annually.
  • First Phoenix Scholarship. First-generation college students receive a scholarship of $5,000 per year for four years, for a total of $20,000.
  • Support for veterans, police, and firefighters. Children of police officers and firefighters nationwide are offered up to full-tuition scholarships, and veterans have increased access to resources and programs that empower their college application experience.
  • Odyssey Scholarship. A key program for students receiving our guaranteed free tuition and many first-generation students at UChicago, the Odyssey Scholarship provides comprehensive need-based financial support, paid summer internships or research, cross-year mentoring, and access to an alumni network of successful role models from similar backgrounds.

For more information, please visit our College Admissions and Financial Aid website.

Use the University of Chicago's Net Price Calculator to help your family plan for the costs associated with attending The College at the University of Chicago. By entering your financial information into the calculator, you will be able to determine the estimated cost to your family.

Estimates are based on 2020-21 cost of attendance figures and awarding rules. Award estimates do not apply to international students. International students: please see the International Financial Aid page.

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