Natural Disaster Hardship Requests

Applicants for whom a recent natural disaster has affected their ability to complete an application may submit a Hardship Request as described below.

If the impact of a recent natural disaster makes it impossible for you to submit one or more required components of your application by the deadline, such as GRE scores or transcripts, or for a recommender to submit their recommendation on time, please complete your application to the best of your ability. If the missing item(s) prevent the online system from allowing you to submit your application, send an email to gradadmissions@uchicago.edu with the following information:

  • Full name and date of birth
  • Program you are applying to and your application reference number
  • Indicate that you will be submitting a Hardship Request
  • Request that we submit your application on your behalf

Once this is completed, log in to your application account, and look for the option to upload additional materials. Using the designation “Hardship Request,” submit a document describing the nature of the hardship, and which elements of your application are affected. The admissions committee will review this information along with the rest of your application.

If you have further questions about Hardship Requests, please email us at gradadmissions@uchicago.edu.