a year ago
Admissions Advice

Should I include updates of a recent ADHD diagnosis that explains bad midterm grades for my UChicago LOCI?

Hi! I recently got deferred from the University of Chicago. I'm currently writing my letter of continued interest to enter the early decision ii admissions round. The only problem is that my midterm grades have pretty much plummeted (like genuinely very bad. I'm going to have two B-s, two Bs, and two As) due to my overwhelming inability to focus. Over winter break, I was diagnosed with ADHD and have started taking medication. I already feel much more focused and motivated and have no doubt that had I had the proper medication during my senior year, I would have been able to maintain the same academic prowess I had in my underclassmen years.

I really don't think I have any shot at getting into UChicago ed ii if I don't somewhat explain why my grades are so bad, but I'm also worried about making it seem like I'm using it as an excuse (even though I just physically and mentally couldn't focus on my school work).

Do any of you guys have any thoughts on how to best word this? Or whether I should include it at all? I'm at a loss for words here.



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a year ago

Hi @mousenfas!

It's not wrong to explain your low grades due to ADHD. ADHD is a condition that genuinely affects your ability to focus; it's not a dishonest excuse.

Just make sure you're not missing out on the primary purpose of a Letter of Continued Interest (LOCI) i.e., demonstrating your interest in UChicago.

Hope this helps!

a year ago[edited]

Yes! Just try to reframe it in a positive light. Write reasons and impact, and avoid making it sound like an 'excuse.' Also, check out this website (https://www.shemmassianconsulting.com/blog/common-app-additional-information-section) for a better idea on how to write about your ADHD.

As a side note, don't feel too bad if you don't get in! There are many great schools you could go to instead. My parents went to UChicago and it was very intense, even for them. The quarter system combined with UChicago's own level of high academic rigor makes it hard for anybody to do much outside of studying. My dad still wants me to go, but my mom doesn't, so take that as you may.

a year ago

Talking about your recent diagnosis in your LOCI is a good idea. Besides restating your strong interest in a college, one of the main purposes of the LOCI is to inform admissions officers of significant academic and personal updates.

Here are some CollegeVine tips to keep in mind while writing your LOCI. Hope this helps!

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