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Instructions to Apply

The application for Discover UChicago is now open. Application deadline is August 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

The application will require you to create an online account. Once you have done so, you will be able to select the option to create a new application for Discover UChicago. As part of the application, you will be asked to upload several documents; PDF and Word documents are acceptable. Specific requirements may vary depending on your programs of interest and will be described in detail in the application itself.

Required documents for the application are:

  1. A statement describing your current academic and professional goals, as they relate to your interest in graduate study. This statement should specifically mention the programs of study at UChicago that you are interested in, and two or three of our faculty members whose work is of particular interest to you.
  2. An unofficial copy of your most recent transcript.
  3. Your current resume or CV.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. Specific instructions will be sent to your recommenders to submit a letter electronically.
  5. Self-reported standardized test scores (only required for Law School; test scores not required for other programs)

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Application Tips

The strongest applicants for graduate study will have a clear sense of how and why each specific program is a good fit for their intended work. As our Discover UChicago program offers participants advice on preparing a competitive application to graduate programs, we suggest looking carefully at our degree programs and faculty to help determine which programs best match your research interests.

While interdisciplinary work at the University of Chicago is encouraged, expressing a primary research focus and a clear methodological approach can greatly strengthen your application. In addition, it will allow our office to match you with appropriate faculty and current students during your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Discover UChicago program?

The Discover UChicago program is for rising college seniors, recent graduates, and others who intend to apply for PhD or MA programs in the upcoming autumn quarter. Additionally, only U.S. domestic students, permanent residents, and undocumented/DACAmented students are eligible to apply for the program.

Are standardized test scores and/or a minimum GPA required for the DU application?

Official test scores are not required for the application, except for those students applying to the Law School. Self-reported test scores for our other participating programs are optional. Additionally, there is no minimum GPA required for the DU application.  

What is the word limit on the statement of purpose?

Your statement of purpose document should be a brief statement (500 - 1000 words) describing your current academic and/or professional goals, as they relate to your interest in graduate study. This statement should specifically mention the programs of study at UChicago that you are interested in.