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Essay Breakdown: University of Chicago

  • How to Write the University of Chicago Application Essays 2017-2018

    The University of Chicago, located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, is a private research institution that ranks #3 in U.S. News and World Report's Best National Universities. If you're working on your University of Chicago application, you know getting into the University of Chicago is no simple task —the class of 2020 had an acceptance rate [...]
  • How to Write the UChicago Application Essays 2016-2017

    Founded in 1890 by oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago, often referred to as U of C or UChicago, is a preeminent research university located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

    Boasting a US News and World Report rank of #4, as well as a reputation for academic rigor and excellence, it is no surprise that many students each year compete for the opportunity to call UChicago home. With an acceptance rate of 7.9% for the class of 2020, however, being admitted to the university is no easy feat. This is made no simpler by its supplement, which is notorious for asking out-of-the-box, free-form questions that can leave many applicants puzzled.

    If you’re feeling stumped by the UChicago application, don’t worry. We at CollegeVine have crafted a comprehensive guide to completing the application that will help you decode what the admissions officers are really looking for, and craft responses that will demonstrate your unique personality and set you apart. Without further ado, we present our guide to responding to the 2016-2017 UChicago supplement questions.

  • How to Write the University of Chicago Supplement Essays for 2015-16

    (Note: this post has been updated for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To view the updated post, click HERE.) The University of Chicago is notorious for its arcane and sometimes insane extended essay prompts. And this year’s crop does nothing to change that reputation. From Orange is the New Black to art as plagiarism, the essay […]

  • Sample Essay: University of Chicago

    The University of Chicago is famous for quirky and complex essay prompts. UChicago also places a relatively high weight on the essays when making admissions decisions. Submitting outstanding essays to UChicago can help you recover from a few poor grades, or even a slightly lower SAT/ACT score. UChicago always allows its applicants to submit their own […]

  • How to Tackle the University of Chicago Supplement Essays for 2014-15

    UPDATE: For the 2016-2017 Chicago post, click here. ———— It’s finally here.  The famous Admissions Hero dissection of the infamous University of Chicago supplement.  These essays are annually notorious for their difficulty and peculiarity.  Our very own Vinay Bhaskara (UChicago ’17) offers his best advice for tackling these questions in this comprehensive post. Question 1: […]

  • How to tackle the University of Chicago supplement essays for 2013-14

    The University of Chicago is famed for its quirky and unique essay topics (think “Where’s Waldo” or “What is the meaning of X”), and the university recently released the essay topics for the 2013-14 applications cycle. With application numbers ever rising, we asked our co-founder, Vinay Bhaskara, who was accepted early into U Chicago last […]