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11/23/2020 at 03:55PM

Does UChicago accept SAT Subject test scores? And what should I put in my transfer essay?

I'm a transfer student from a community college, and it's been years since I took the ACT. I'm planning to take two SAT Subject Tests, but I didn't see anything about submitting them on UChicago's website, and they're my number one choice. Does anyone know if they accept them? Also, as a community college transfer student, what should I put in my why I want to transfer essay?

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11/23/2020 at 08:25PM

There is a small paragraph written about SAT 2 Subject tests for UChicago, they do not require them for transfer students nor the essay portion of the SAT/ACT either.

"For students who elect to submit an ACT or SAT score, we have no preference between the two tests or between the "old" SAT and the "new" SAT. We will continue to accept scores from the old version of the SAT for the five years' scores remain valid (with an exception for veteran applicants). The writing portion of the ACT or the SAT is not required, nor are any SAT Subject Tests. We do not have minimum test score requirements."

Regards to your 2nd question, only you and you alone should decide why you want to transfer to UChicago as a community college student. No one here who is in high school can ascertain your personal motivation or why you think you should have a place a UChicago. Very few cc students make the leap to transfer to a Top 10 research university since most transfers between community colleges are to State Schools or maybe colleges/universities that are 1 or 2 levels more difficult. It's admirable you are shooting for UChicago but like myself, I think the admissions officers want to know why you think you are a good fit for them and how you can enrich their campus and student body. That is what all "Why Us" essays want to find out correct?

Hope that helps you.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@allie.peace2111/24/2020 at 03:26AM

Thanks for your thoughts. I'm not referring to the "Why Us" essay, but to the prompt, "Please tell us why you are planning to leave (or have already left) your current college or university." This question seems to be targeted at people coming from another four year institution. As a community college student, I have no choice but to transfer if I want to continue my education. However, I am weary of making my transfer essay into a "Why UChicago" essay, as that essay already exists.

@CameronBameron11/24/2020 at 05:19AM

I see, well then you should then split up the essays into 1.) Why Us and 2.) Why Transfer and in the later talk about all the great things you've done in the past 2 years and how you've matured and grown academically and how you need to be challenged in a thriving environment like UChicago to continue on that path you set forth on. Something to that effect.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@allie.peace2111/25/2020 at 07:42PM

Thank you!