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 17,000 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 2140 (25th percentile) - 2370 (75th percentile) on the SAT and within the range of 32 (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 9 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 2015 is estimated to be 14%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall University of Chicago Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for University of Chicago was reported as 8.8% in Fall 2013 with over 30,300 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

  • SAT Scores: 2140 - 2370
  • ACT Scores: 32 - 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 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 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

  • 2009-2010: 27.3%
  • 2010-2011: 18.8%
  • 2011-2012: 16.3%
  • 2012-2013: 13.2%
  • 2013-2014: 8.8%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 13.8%

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 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Illinois Institute of Technology57.0%
Chicago State University28.7%
Roosevelt University78.8%
Concordia University-Chicago54.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to University of Chicago (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading720 - 800
Math720 - 790
Writing700 - 780
Total Score2140 - 2370
ACT®Score Range
English33 - 35
Math31 - 35
Composite Score32 - 35
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