Chances of getting into University of Chicago
How hard is it to get into University of Chicago and can I get accepted? The school has a 9% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,419 out of 27,694 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, 72% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by University of Chicago is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.
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University of Chicago SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT47%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||740|
|SAT Math 25th||770|
|SAT Composite 25th||1510|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||790|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1590|
|Average SAT Score||1550|
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 1510 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 1470. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1550 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 47 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1590 and Above||Good||>14%|
|1550 to 1590||Avg +||9%-14%|
|1510 to 1550||Avg -||5%-9%|
|1470 to 1510||Reach||3%-5%|
|Less than 1470||Low||<3%|
University of Chicago ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT67%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||33|
|ACT Math 25th||31|
|ACT Composite 25th||32|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||35|
|ACT Composite 75th||35|
|Average ACT Score||33|
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. The school ranks #1 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 67 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Chicago.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|35 and Above||Good||>17%|
|33 to 35||Avg +||9%-17%|
|32 to 33||Avg -||6%-9%|
|31 to 32||Reach||5%-6%|
|Less than 31||Low||<5%|
Avg. High School GPA4.0
Typical High School GradesA
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. The school ranks #1 in Illinois for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at University of Chicago extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 4.0 GPA..
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|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|
98% of University of Chicago freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||70%||73%||72%|
Applications are DueJan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply106
Applicants have 106 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.
Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to University of Chicago before the Jan 1 application deadline.
|SAT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 5||Oct 18|
|Nov 2||Nov 15|
|Dec 7||Dec 20|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 26||Nov 14|
|Dec 14||Dec 24|
What are the requirements for admission to University of Chicago and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Neither required nor recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.