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Thomas Broderick

University of Chicago ACT Scores

For those just starting to consider the University of Chicago, the school has a lot going for it. Founded by the RICHEST MAN EVER, John D. Rockefeller, the school offers over fifty majors to undergraduates. Its Common Core classes are capped at seventeen students, and taught by full time faculty (this is a huge bonus—at a lot of big research institutions, TAs teach a lot of first-year courses). Last but not least, who wouldn’t want to go to the school where nuclear science was born in a secret lab under the football field?

So what ACT Score Do I Need to Get Into U Chicago?

Well…it’s a little bit complicated. On its admissions website, the University of Chicago profiles its class of 2019. The range of ACT scores admitted students earned was 22-36. That sounds like a pretty big range—until you examine the specifics.

For the vast majority (75%) of admitted students who submitted ACT scores, their scores were 32 or higher. To put this into perspective, if you earned a 32 on the ACT, you earned a higher score than 98% of everyone taking that exam. And at U of Chicago, a full 25% of applicants earned a 35 or 36 on the ACT.

Don’t let that scare you off! Despite such rigorous competition, you can work on upping your ACT scores. It’s time to start advanced ACT training to earn a 36. Even if you don’t reach that goal, shooting for perfection will no doubt raise your composite ACT score to a more competitive number.


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Just add some floating candles and U of C is basically Hogwarts!

I Have a 32+ ACT Score. Now What?

A 32+ ACT score will keep your application in the admissions pool a bit longer, but you’ll need to stand out in other ways if you’re going to be one of the 7.8% of applicants accepted each year.

Like all highly selective schools, the University of Chicago looks far beyond test scores for its best applicants. Other factors also count: leadership positions in extracurricular activities, volunteer work, unique creative endeavors, shining teacher recommendations, and stellar essays. With these kinds of things going for you, admissions counselors will certainly take note.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, the University of Chicago is one of the most competitive schools in the United States. It’s a great reach school for a lot of students—but almost no student can be guaranteed admission. With that in mind, make sure you have a diverse selection of schools on your list.

And if the admissions gods should smile upon you, congratulations! It’s time to start buying sweaters. Lots of sweaters.


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About Thomas Broderick

Thomas spent four years teaching high school English, social studies, and ACT preparation in Middle Tennessee. Now living in Northern California, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Magoosh's readers. In his spare time Thomas enjoys writing short fiction and hiking in the Sonoma foothills.

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