C Patrick’s Answer
Alumni can be an excellent resource and the College’s website has lots of information on programs in and out of the classroom at UofC. As regards what they are looking for, the short answer is excellent students who would flourish at Chicago. Looking through what Chicago emphasizes to prospective students , the following seem important to the institution: intellectual curiosity; a drive to engage with new ideas and perspectives; innate desire to really dive into one’s interests and pursue them whole-heartedly; students who will be a part of rigorous discourse across a variety of subjects; and someone who will take advantage of the university’s resources. As an alum I would write that those characteristics are on display across the campus. Besides what has already been mentioned, a good resource would actually be your regional admissions officer. You can always email them to ask questions or attend a prospective student night or fair to learn more about the University.
C Patrick recommends the following next steps:
- Explore uchicago.edu and particularly to admissions office/prospective student pages.
- Contact your regional admissions officer for UofC and/or attend a presentation or college fair to learn more
- If you’re in the process of picking colleges to apply to and it is feasible, consider visiting campuses in which you have interest.
- See if your school or other nearby schools have recently placed students to UChicago who you could reach for advice and insight.