University of Chicago Class of 2023 Admissions Statistics

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It was a banner year for UChicago’s admissions office.

The University of Chicago has released its Regular Decision notifications to the Class of 2023. In all, between the Early and Regular Decision rounds, UChicago received just under 35,000 applications. This figure stood at 32,291 for the UChicago Class of 2022. The overall admit rate for the Class of 2023 marked an all-time low for the school — at 6.2%. This same figure stood at 7.2% for the Class of 2022. So what a difference a year can make!

As reports Justin Smith for “The Chicago Maroon” in a piece entitled Acceptance Rate Drops to Record Low 5.9 Percent for Class of 2023,” “The Class of 2023 also has the highest standardized test scores ever, ‘about 15 points’ above last year’s average, [Dean of Admissions Jim] Nondorf said at the reception. According to UChicago College Admissions, last year’s middle 50 percent of admitted students scored between 1490 and 1560. The University typically does not publicly comment on admissions numbers until fall quarter. This is the second year in a row that Nondorf has released admissions statistics during an admitted students reception, following last year’s announcement.”

Our regular readers may remember that the University of Chicago announced in November of 2018 their intention to expand the incoming class size. It will be interesting to see the school’s yield for the Class of 2023, to determine if the university achieved its goal of a larger class size (in conjunction with the lowest admit rate in history). Time will tell!


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  • Michael says:

    My son got rejected from UofC with a 35 ACT score, 1600 SAT (missed 4 questions), 4.4 GPA, as many AP and College credit courses possible, National Merit Semi-Finalist I don’t know if finalist have been announced), eagle scout, 4-years in varsity XC and track, works part-time, did academic summer camps. I don’t know what he could’ve done differently. Also, got denied at Princeton, Brown, and Stanford.

    • Ivy Coach says:

      Hi Michael,

      If you’re interested in a Postmortem Evaluation to understand what went wrong, click on the orange button on our website and fill out that form. We’ll then be in touch to explain the service. Often times we find that how a parent presents a student in their short description is how they presented in their application. From the few details you’ve offered, we can already see some mistakes. Why would he submit a 35 ACT score when he has a 1600 SAT score? It has the appearance that he had no better way to spend his Saturday than to sit and take tests. Running cross country and track can be great for the mind and body but unless he’s a recruited athlete, these sports only serve to make him well-rounded to highly selective colleges when his objective should be to present as singularly talented. Elite colleges don’t seek well-rounded students — nor have they for decades. Academic summer camps also smell of privilege when his objective should be to present as likeable to admissions officers.

    • Sharon Tate says:

      I’m amazed, your son sounds very brilliant or what we like to call an academic titan! However, at top tier schools such as the ones you mentioned they look for more than academic achievement. I’ve noticed what gets a lot of kids into these schools is their drive and passion for an activity that isn’t, self-serving in a sense. That’s part of the reason why gun-control activist, David Hogg, was able to get into Harvard with a far below SAT score. These types of students will not only make a name for themselves but also brings positive publicity to the school they choose to attend. Is your son actively involved in activities that benefit the community?
      Additionally, I know many colleges, at least UChicago, look for personalities similar to current students within their application.

    • Jack says:

      My son with similar stats and soft qualifications got rejected as well. I told him in a big, not small way… that it’s him that UChicago rejected and not his qualifications. It’s not like that UChicago doesn’t like him. They may well like him… much. It’s just that they like someone else better. Many kids have the qualifications so it just comes down to the simple fact that Chicago prefers someone else and it’s all about my son.
      But as is the case with my son, I am sure that there are schools that prefer your son over others. So get over Chicago and focus on the school who wants wants your son. I am sure that he will do well there.

      There are many women who rejected me. I like to think that I am a good, honest, caring person. Nevertheless they rejected me for who I am (through no fault of theirs). My lovely wife of 22 years accepted me for the person I am. I really don’t recall what the women who rejected me were like.

      • charlieboo says:

        My daughter did get into UC. She only had a 1570 (only, sigh) on SAT, but her GPA was 4.96. I agree about academic achievement. 4.4 sounds very high to those of us who went to school many decades ago at high schools with no AP classes where the highest GPA was 4.0, and it is a true achievement, to be sure, but my guess is that the median at schools like UC is closer to 4.8 or 4.9. That said, we were told at one event for the class of 2023 that the next “set” of applicants were nearly just as strong, implying that UC wished it could have admitted twice as many students as it did. Some of it is just luck, and it doesn’t hurt to apply ED or EA (if you need to compare financial aid awards), because that obviously shows huge commitment to the school (to apply EA, you give up your change to apply EA to Princeton, Harvard, etc.). Finally, we were told the special essays for Chicago were also very important, most important being the quirky question. They look for creativity.

    • Debbi says:

      Is he white? This happened to a friend of ours. He was the valedictorian! He was denied admits many prestigious schools. I believe white high achieving males are being discriminated against ?

  • marty smitherson says:

    You parents should get over yourself. You think that white males are being discriminated against? Boo hoo. Stop thinking your kids are the best; they aren’t. Your kids will do fine wherever they end up.

  • Simon says:

    I believe that every human that applies to UChicago has the same possibility of getting accepted, rejected, deferred, or waitlisted. It doesn’t really matter how smart you are anymore. The admissions office already knows that most people that apply to UChicago are smart. They are looking for uniqueness. At least that’s how I see it.

  • Jeremy Blake says:

    UChicago’s Early Action, Early Decision 1 and Early Decision 2 clearly shows they are only interested in YIELD, hence their extremely high and rigged yield rate. If they truly want to be considered on a par with Harvard Yale Princeton and Stanford, then they should not be forcing students to pick them and instead give the regular round applicants a fair shake in determining their yield. UChicago as a self-promoted yield rate and it absolutely handicaps any and all applying in the regular round. All the info I have seen indicated their enormous waitlist is intended to placate the enormous rejections regular applicants are handed due to UChicago’s gaming of the yield rate. Pathetic!

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