How to Get Into the University of Chicago

Recorded Wednesday, December 23 at 11:00 PM

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

UChicago is a series of quadrangles in Chicago Illinois styled in a unique blend of English Gothic and modern architecture. This school is home to 92 Nobel Prize winners and traditions such as the fun Summer Breeze Festival and the lively Latke-Hamantash Debate.

Today, Elias Miller will be covering the ins and outs of how to get into the University of Chicago, with admission-related information spanning acceptance rates, academic preparation, extracurricular optimization, and of course, the notorious essays.

Don't miss this opportunity to have all your burning questions about applying to UChicago answered!

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

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6:29@goldenretriever1:We wanted to know how to get into Stanford!!
17:36@goldenretriever1:For Stanford does apply for EA and RD make a difference?
18:33@castudent:if the applicant's aunt graduated from Chicago undergrad, is that considered legacy?
19:07@anonymous:Does the acceptance rate also include people accepted off the waitlist?
33:35@goldenretriever1:does REA mean I can only apply to 1 EA schoo
34:14@anonymous:What is the average GPA required for the UC threshold
34:24@anonymous:If my extracurriculars have no specific trend, should I still list them all in my common app or only list the ones that have a common theme?
35:11@Wenjie:Is double degree/major supported at UC?
35:52@anonymous:Not to misunderstand your message, but is there a threshold GPA for what races should aim for when applying to UC. So a Latinx person should have a lower GPA to be considered for acceptance but Asian American students should have a higher average GPA then Latinx students
45:55@haydensf:do senior grades get added to the average?
46:54@anonymous:Personally I do not have a 4.0 GPA but have an upward trend of 4.0 gpa semester averages can I still get in
47:23@anonymous:Can a higher SAT compensate for a lower GPA and vice versa?
47:52@haydensf:are weighted or unweighted gpas more looked at
48:21@aham:Would you recommend Class of 2023 students to still take SAT Subject tests?
49:57@anonymous:If I have not done well in my SAT and chose not to submit my score, will that harm my addmissions?
50:09@anonymous:Should I rely on my common app essay and supplements to compensate for other faults in my applications
51:13@aham:Should I start studying for SAT I right now? Class of 2023
51:32@saraholson:U Chicago is test optional and has been for awhile.
52:12@haydensf:This may be a little off topic but when should i ask for letters of reccommendations?
65:35@haydensf:How should we try to get closer with our teachers during distance learning?
66:17@castudent:is uchicago really considered equivalent to stanford (us news ranking) or is that ranking off a bit?
67:13@cutelittledumpling:Any tips for studying and getting good grades?
68:11@KSR:I had 4 B+ in semester 1 of freshman yr and then a straight A student since then. If I can explain why, how will my academic part of my application be affected? (Final grades unweighted were A- and As).
69:03@castudent:what are the top schools for political science majors besides the obvious ivy leagues?
69:34@anonymous:Will admissions officers be more forgiving of a few Bs taken during an online semester?
70:16@anonymous:How can one develop the type of creative thinking skills expected in the extended essay?
72:02@Wenjie:Can you recommend good music/piano programs in the top universities?
75:24@Wenjie:Non conservatory
78:42@goldenretriever1:REA means I can only apply to 1 EA? EA means I can apply as many as EA I would like?? Thanks
78:45@goldenretriever1:Can you explain EA REA etc?
79:24@KSR:My school does a gpa out of 100, but i cant enter it into the college vine “chancing calc”. What can I do to better understand my chances at uchicago if that’s thee case?


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