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Chances of getting into University of Chicago

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
7.3%
Admission Difficulty for University of Chicago
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme
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How hard is it to get into UChicago and can I get accepted? The school has a 7% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,345 out of 32,283 applicants were admitted making UChicago 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, 77% chose to enroll. This indicates that admission to the school is highly desirable and it may be a primary choice for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

UChicago SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1470-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT
53%
SAT Scores for University of Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 750
SAT Composite 25th 1470
SAT Scores for University of Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1520

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 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1470 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 1420. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 53 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Chicago admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >11%
1520 to 1570 Avg + 7%-11%
1470 to 1520 Avg - 4%-7%
1420 to 1470 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 1420 Low <3%
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UChicago ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
33-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
58%
ACT Scores for University of Chicago
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for University of Chicago
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UChicago?

Admission data indicates that UChicago regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 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. The school ranks #1 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 58 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Chicago.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Chicago admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >11%
34 to 35 Avg + 7%-11%
33 to 34 Avg - 4%-7%
32 to 33 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 32 Low <3%
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UChicago GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.0
Typical High School Grades
A

What GPA do you need to get into University of Chicago?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UChicago. 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. The school ranks #1 in Illinois for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at UChicago extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 4.0 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

98% of University of Chicago freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Chicago students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 98%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Chicago admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,170 15,113 32,283
Accepted 1,146 1,199 2,345
Acceptance Rate 7% 8% 7%
Enrolled 876 929 1,805
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 76% 77% 77%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
66

Applicants have 66 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Chicago and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does University of Chicago prefer SAT or ACT?

53% of students submit their SAT scores to UChicago. 58% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Chicago?

7% of those who apply are granted admission to UChicago. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Chicago?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1470 and 1570. 53% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Chicago?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 58% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.