University of Chicago

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University of Chicago can be found in Chicago, IL, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 19,000 students enrolled each year at University of Chicago.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores within the range of 1500 (25th percentile) - 1570 (75th percentile) on the SAT and within the range of 33 (25th percentile) - 35 (75th percentile) on the ACT is usually submitted among applicants that get into this school. We were able to estimate the University of Chicago average GPA (4.00 - 4) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Only 6 percent of applicants are accepted to this school due to the fair number of applicants for enrollment. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected University of Chicago acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 7%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall University of Chicago Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Chicago was reported as 6.2% in Fall 2020 with over 34,600 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 33 - 35
  • Average GPA: 4.00 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Chicago?

Applicant Selectivity: High

University of Chicago has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Chicago has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 7.9%
  • 2017-2018: 8.7%
  • 2018-2019: 7.3%
  • 2019-2020: 6.2%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 6.7%

How Does University of Chicago Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Chicago is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Illinois Institute of Technology60.2%
Concordia University-Chicago74.7%
Northeastern Illinois University58.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to University of Chicago (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading730 - 770
Math770 - 800
Total Score1500 - 1570
ACT®Score Range
English35 - 36
Math31 - 35
Composite Score33 - 35
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