Prospective Students & Applicants

Due to COVID-19’s impact on my college or university, some of my classes this term will be graded pass/fail or credit/no credit. Will this affect my application?

Faculty and admissions committees are aware of the disruptions impacting not just academic coursework and grading systems, but also research, travel, internships, employment, and many other activities. UChicago will evaluate applicants with this in mind. Given the widespread nature of these changes to grading and other impacts, we believe that it is likely that this will have affected a large proportion of applicants, and will not be unique to only a few individuals.

My application process has been affected by COVID-19. How can I let the university know?

Applicants who find that one or more aspects of their application are impacted should make use of our Hardship Request policy in order to submit their applications by the stated deadline. You can find the form here. Please take the appropriate steps as relevant to your situation to submit your application.

I am unable to take a required standardized test due to the closure of testing centers.

We pay careful attention to the information provided by testing agencies. Currently, most required tests are available remotely in most areas of the world, and we accept the remote administrations of the GRE and TOEFL. In addition, testing centers have reopened for in-person testing in many cities. Please allow extra time to schedule a date, as we are aware of delays. If you are unable to take the exam despite remote options, please see our hardship policy.

Which remotely administered tests are you accepting?

We will accept the remote GRE and the remote TOEFL. We are not currently accepting the remote IELTS "Indicator" test - or any exam other than the TOEFL or IELTS - to satisfy our English proficiency requirements.

I am located in mainland China and these remote tests are currently unavailable. What should I do?

We are not accepting the TOEFL ITP PLUS to satisfy our English requirement. Until in-person testing is widely available, applicants who are required to provide TOEFL/IELTS exams to meet our English requirement should review our Hardship Request Policy and submit a request as appropriate.

Are admissions events continuing on campus and/or in my area?

Although campus has begun to reopen, our office will remain closed to the public indefinitely. When we re-open for visitors, we will post updates on our Connect with Us website here. In the meantime, we encourage you to review our Admissions website for general questions, and you may contact us via email ( or schedule a virtual meeting with an Admissions staff member here.

Where can I find more information about the University's response to COVID-19?

UChicago's announcements and updates are being aggregated at . This includes posting copies of all emails that are sent to the campus community by the University administration.

Admitted Students

Will on-campus classes resume Autumn 2021?

Plans for Autumn Quarter 2021 will be listed here as soon as they are announced.

I was supposed to attend a program prior to the start of Autumn Quarter (AEPP, math camp, etc.). Will that occur, and will it be in-person or remote?

Although no final announcements have been made regarding most of these programs, Summer Quarter courses have been shifted to remote. Based on that we expect that many pre-matriculation programs are likely to either offer remote options or be held remotely.

I have been accepted, but is it possible to defer for a year so I may attend classes in person on campus the next year?

Deferrals of admission may only be granted by the admitting school or division, and usually only AFTER you have accepted your offer of admission. If you have already replied to your offer, then please do feel free to contact the listed email address in your admission letter for more information about deferral options. A list of department contacts can also be found here.

Is a tuition deposit required?

Your acceptance letter will indicate if you are required to pay a deposit. If you are not directly instructed to pay a deposit, you do not need to.

If I cannot visit campus, how can I get a feel of the neighborhood and the student experience at UChicago?

Please visit our Life at UChicago page which has information about Student Resources to help you navigate life on campus as well as Housing Resources to get acquainted with arranging for living near campus and transportation to and from campus. You may also take a virtual tour of campus here, or contact current students in your program via social media or other channels. Check with your program to see what options they offer.

What if I sign a lease but have difficulty relocating to Chicago?

Some management companies are guaranteeing to allow students to push back their move-in date without penalty. Ask about this option before signing a lease.