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Chances of getting into University of Chicago

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
7.3%
Admission Difficulty for University of Chicago
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

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, 2,510 out of 34,350 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 1 percent. University of Chicago typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 74% 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 quarter of their high school class.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Chicago. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 53% of students submitted SAT scores and 58% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

UChicago SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1500-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT
53%
SAT Scores for University of Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 730
SAT Math 25th 770
SAT Composite 25th 1500
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 1540

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1500 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 1460. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1540 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 2020 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%
1535 to 1570 Avg + 7%-11%
1500 to 1535 Avg - 4%-7%
1465 to 1500 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 1465 Low <3%
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UChicago ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
34-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
58%
ACT Scores for University of Chicago
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 35
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 34
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 34 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 1 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 34 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 2020 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 >18%
34 to 35 Avg + 7%-18%
34 to 34 Avg - 7%-7%
34 to 34 Reach 7%-7%
Less than 34 Low <7%
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UChicago GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA
4.2
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 4.2 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 4.2 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 4.2 GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Chicago students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 63.7% Avg -
3.75 to 3.99 24.6% Reach
3.50 to 3.74 7.7% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 3.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.0% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

99% 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 99%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Lower 50% of class 0%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Chicago admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,680 15,670 34,350
Accepted 1,215 1,295 2,510
Acceptance Rate 7% 8% 7%
Enrolled 872 975 1,847
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 72% 75% 74%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Chicago is $75.

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 Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

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 1500 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 34 and 35. 58% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.