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07/31/2020 at 02:10AM
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UChicago essay

Does anyone know how important the UChicago supplement essay is (the one with the unique and quirky questions)? I'm not that great at creative writing but really want to attend UChicago, so how much do admission officers there use this essay when looking at an applicant?


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07/31/2020 at 04:39PM

i’ve attended a lot of UChig webinars and the dean of admissions likes to stress this type of question a lot. i think the school uses this type of essay to more get a sense o what kind of person you are - more or less to see whether you’re broring or not. these “quirky” essays are pretty important - he said that these types of questions can make or break your application and he gave the example of 1) a student who wrote about who she would be most likely to kill first in zombie apocalypse and ranked her mental process (accepted) and 2) a student who ranted about her ex in the entire essay (rejected) and 3) a student who didn’t answer the prompt at all and just wrote a generic answer (rejected). i honestly wouldn’t stress too much - have fun!! the whole purpose of this is to see how crazy and wild you are but also so that the college can ee whether you’re a big thinker, a dreamer, innovator, etc. since those are th types of ppl the college looks for. i would honestly make a google doc and just start writing random bullet points, anything that comes to mind. you can decide whether it’s a good topic later - for now just generate ideas! you’ll never know what ends up sticking so don’t count on any topic being “too boing” or “too avant-garde” .good luck~

07/31/2020 at 04:31AM

So I am not authorative on this so take it with a grain of salt but essays/rec letters make anywhere from 15%-30% (at holistic schools that care about essays and letters). CV on their YT channel posted a video about the common app which is worth a look and for help with essays try Cvs peer essay review service or even the essay guides both under the essay tab at top of screen.


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