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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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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~

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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.

I agree. I think UChicago is likely on the upper end of that range. I've attended a couple live events from them and they seemed to emphasize it more than other schools emphasize their essays. But like Max said there's no way to know the exact weight.
No but I was wondering specifically about their quirky extended supplement essay in which they ask bizzare questions that require you to think creatively. For instance "What can actually be divided by zero?" is one of their prompts. Since these questions are quite different than the typical essay questions, I was wondering how important these quirky questions are to the UChicago application.
There's really not any measure but I do know it's particularly important for UChicago as they emphasize it quite a bit since they are very unique. They're likely used to determine if they think the applicant is a good fit for the school which is why they use very open ended but odd questions.
So I don’t know about the weight the essay has no one except AOs have a definite answer but for those quirky essays answer it in a philosophical way and give some insight about your self. For example for the divide by 0 relate something to the no answer such as I was cofounded at ... just like x%0. Hope this helps.