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Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of Chicago

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
8.7%
Admission Difficulty for University of Chicago
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1510-1590
Applicants Submitting SAT
47%
SAT Scores for University of Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 740
SAT Math 25th 770
SAT Composite 25th 1510
SAT Scores for University of Chicago
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Chicago admission chances by SAT score
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%
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University of Chicago ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
67%
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
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Chicago admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.0
Typical High School Grades
A

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..

 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

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%

Admission Statistics

University of Chicago admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,644 13,050 27,694
Accepted 1,190 1,229 2,419
Acceptance Rate 8% 9% 9%
Enrolled 838 898 1,736
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 70% 73% 72%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
106

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

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.