University of Chicago Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for University of Chicago
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

Can I get into University of Chicago? The school has a 8% acceptance rate. Last year, 2,499 out of 31,484 applicants were admitted making University of Chicago an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. University of Chicago typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 64% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by University of Chicago is a prized outcome for many students.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for University of Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 730
SAT Math 25th 760
SAT Composite 25th 1490
SAT Scores for University of Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 800
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1600
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Chicago?

University of Chicago typically requires applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1490 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1435. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1545 out of 1600. 59 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Chicago admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1600 Good >13%
1545 to 1600 Avg + 8%-13%
1490 to 1545 Avg - 5%-8%
1435 to 1490 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 1435 Low <3%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for University of Chicago
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for University of Chicago
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into University of Chicago?

Admission data indicates that University of Chicago regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. 57 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Chicago.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Chicago admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >15%
33 to 35 Avg + 8%-15%
32 to 33 Avg - 6%-8%
31 to 32 Reach 4%-6%
Less than 31 Low <4%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of Chicago. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Chicago was 4.0 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at University of Chicago extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 4.0 GPA..

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Chicago students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 83% Good
3.50 to 3.75 13% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 3% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low


Admission Statistics

University of Chicago admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,111 14,373 31,484
Accepted 1,284 1,215 2,499
Acceptance Rate 8% 8% 8%
Enrolled 800 791 1,591
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 62% 65% 64%

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2018
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2018.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Chicago and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of Chicago Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Chicago
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=144050 IPEDS survey data for University of Chicago.