This fall the University of Chicago is welcoming a talented and diverse group of new undergraduate students who are poised to make a positive impact for the College.
A common theme among the new students is enthusiasm for the College’s opportunities for intellectual growth and personal development. The College’s distinctive educational environment values constant questioning and challenge in the context of the influential Core curriculum, which provides a shared intellectual vocabulary as students pursue ambitious studies within their fields.
The new students have a diversity of backgrounds and interests, including increased numbers of Hispanic and African-American students, and students from all parts of the United States and the world. The College is welcoming 1,735 new first-year students, the largest incoming class in its modern history. Overall the College received 27,694 applications this year and accepted 8.7 percent.
For the first time, the number of admitted students who chose to attend UChicago has reached 72 percent, making it among the highest such rates in the nation.
About 20 percent of students benefit from the University’s 10-year-old Odyssey Scholarship Program, which provides comprehensive academic, social and career support to students from lower-income families or who are the first in their families to attend college. There is no student loan requirement for students who receive need-based financial aid, and Odyssey students are guaranteed meaningful paid internships or research opportunities the summer after their first year in the College.