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What are they looking for at University of Chicago?

Updated Joliet, Illinois

Well when I graduate high school I plan on going to University of Chicago. My grades are A's and B's and my G.P.A ranges to 3.0-3.4 ish. Which I really don't like and want to improve. But at the University of Chicago what do they have to offer in the medical field? And is it very price to attend that school? Also what do they want to see in a student exactly? My grades are ok, and I do Student Athletic Training and I also volunteer sometimes, and I plan on doing some more Job Shadowing. (P.S I'm only a sophomore.) #college #medicine #medical #university #school #medical-school #stress #university-of-chicago

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Rachel’s Answer


<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>

This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Chat with your Guidance Counselor</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Create a Collegeboard.org account</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Start using CollegeBoard as a resource to look up schools.</span>

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.

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio


To help further do the following: - contact the head of the alumni relations office of the University of Chicago to see if there are any graduates of U of C in your area that you could meet and visit. These connections will let you learn more about the school and possibly become references that will make it easier to enter the school.

Please keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress. Send thank you notes to those who help you! Best of luck!!