Early applications to College continue long-term growth

The undergraduate College received 6,960 early-action applications this year, marking an 18.5 percent increase over last year’s total.

The increase continues a long-term trend of growth in the number of students of high ability who aspire to attend the University. Early applications to UChicago are non-binding, and such applicants are free to apply elsewhere. Last year 5,873 students submitted applications before the Nov. 1 early-action deadline.

Because such early applicants often view the University as their first choice, an increase can indicate a larger group of students who are highly motivated to attend the College, said James G. Nondorf, Vice President and Dean of College Admissions and Financial Aid.

“Finding students who would benefit from and contribute to the distinctive academic culture here is the goal of all our admissions efforts,” Nondorf said. “We look for students who cherish intellectual adventure, and who reflect a diversity of interests and backgrounds. Finding students with a range of perspectives enriches the University’s traditions of open debate and inquiry.”