University of Chicago Goes Test-Optional

While over 1000 schools in the United States are test-optional, there has been a growing trend over the last few years for more competitive colleges to adopt this policy. You can find a complete list of test-optional schools here, but some of these colleges include College of the Holy Cross, Connecticut College, DePaul University, and George Washington University.

The University of Chicago, the first elite college to join this trend, just announced Thursday that it would no longer require undergraduate applicants to submit standardized test scores. According to Jim Nondorf, vice president and dean of admisssions, “Despite the fact that we would say testing is only one piece of the application, that’s the first thing a college asks you. We wanted to really take a look at all our requirements and make sure they were fair to every group, that everybody, anybody could aspire to a place like UChicago.” For more details, see this article.

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Check Out University of Chicago's Essay Questions for 2017-2018 Season

While there are many unknowns in the college application process, especially in regards to essay questions, one thing that is predictable is that the University of Chicago will release intriguing essay questions! This year the tradition continues, and students will not be disappointed in their options. Even if you're not applying to college, take a moment to decide which topic you would choose, and consider writing it. It just may lead to an 'Aha' moment...

Essay Option 1.
“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert

Sometimes, people talk a lot about popular subjects to assure ‘victory’ in conversation or understanding, and leave behind topics of less popularity, but great personal or intellectual importance. What do you think is important but under-discussed?

-Anonymous Suggestion

Essay Option 2.
Due to a series of clerical errors, there is exactly one typo (an extra letter, a removed letter, or an altered letter) in the name of every department at the University of Chicago. Oops! Describe your new intended major. Why are you interested in it and what courses or areas of focus within it might you want to explore? Potential options include Commuter Science, Bromance Languages and Literatures, Pundamentals: Issues and Texts, Ant History... a full list of unmodified majors ready for your editor’s eye is available here:

-Inspired by Josh Kaufman, Class of 2018

Essay Option 3.
Earth. Fire. Wind. Water. Heart! Captain Planet supposes that the world is made up of these five elements. We’re familiar with the previously-noted set and with actual elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, but select and explain another small group of things (say, under five) that you believe compose our world.

-Inspired by Dani Plung, Class of 2017

Essay Option 4.
The late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham once said "Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization." Tell us about your “armor.”

-Inspired by Adam Berger, Class of 2020

Essay Option 5.
Fans of the movie Sharknado say that they enjoy it because “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Certain automobile owners prefer classic cars because they “have more character.” And recently, vinyl record sales have skyrocketed because it is perceived that they have a warmer, fuller sound. Discuss something that you love not in spite of but rather due to its quirks or imperfections.

-Inspired by Alex Serbanescu, Class of 2021

Essay Option 6.
In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose your own question or choose one of our past prompts. Be original, creative, thought provoking. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun.

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Colleges With 2014-2015 Essay Questions

We have updated the essay questions for the 2014-2015 application season for the following colleges:

1. Abilene Christian University
2. Academy of Art University
3. Adams State College
4. Adelphi University
5. Agnes Scott College
6. Albright College
7. Alfred University
8. Allegheny College
9. Alma College
10. American University
11. Amherst College
12. Appalachian State University
13. Arcadia University
14. Augustana College (IL)
15. Augustana College (SD)
16. Aurora University
17. Austin College
18. Austin Peay State University
19. Babson College
20. Baldwin-Wallace University
21. Ball State University
22. Bard College
23. Barnard College
24. Bates College
25. Baylor University
26. Beacon College
27. Belmont University
28. Bemidji State University
29. Benedict College
30. Bennington College
31. Bentley University
32. Berea College
33. Berklee College of Music
34. Berry College
35. Birmingham-Southern College
36. Boston College
37. Boston University
38. Bowdoin College
39. Bowling Green State University
40. Bradley University
41. Brandeis University
42. Brown University
43. Bryant University
44. Bucknell University
45. Butler University
46. Cabrini College
47. California Institute of Technology
48. California Lutheran University
49. Calvin College
50. Campbell University
51. Canisius College
52. Carleton College
53. Carnegie Mellon University
54. Carroll College
55. Case Western Reserve University
56. Castelton State College
57. Catholic University of America
58. Cazenovia College
59. Christian Brothers University
60. Cedar Crest College
61. Centenary College of Louisiana
62. Central Michigan University
63. Centre College
64. Champlain College
65. Chatham University
66. Christian Brothers University in TN
67. Claremont McKenna College
68. Clark University
69. Clarkson University
70. Clemson University
71. Coastal Carolina University
72. Coe College
73. Colby College
74. Colby-Sawyer College
75. Colgate University
76. College of Charleston
77. College of New Jersey
78. College of New Rochelle
79. College of St. Benedict
80. College of St. Joseph
81. College of St. Rose (NY)
82. College of the Atlantic
83. College of the Holy Cross
84. College of the Ozarks
85. College of William and Mary
86. College of Wooster
87. Colorado College
88. Colorado State University
89. Columbia University
90. Concordia University (CA)
91. Connecticut College
92. Cornell College
93. Cornell University
94. Creighton University
95. Curry College
96. Daemen College
97. Dartmouth College
98. Davidson College
99. Delaware State University
100. DePaul University
101. DePauw University
102. DeSales University
103. Dickinson College
104. Dowling College
105. Drake University
106. Drew University
107. Drexel University
108. Drury University
109. Duke University
110. Duquesne University
111. Earlham College
112. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
113. East Tennessee State University
114. Eastern Mennonite University
115. Eastern Michigan University
116. Eckerd College
117. Elmhurst College
118. Elon University
119. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
120. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Campus
121. Emerson College
122. Emmanuel College
123. Emory and Henry College
124. Emory University
125. Endicott College
126. Erskine College
127. Eugene Lang College
128. Fairfield University
129. Fairleigh Dickinson University
130. Fisk University
131. Flagler College
132. Florida Atlantic University
133. Florida Institute of Technology
134. Florida International University
135. Florida Southern College
136. Florida State University
137. Fordham University
138. Fort Valley State University
139. Franklin and Marshall College
140. Franklin Pierce University
141. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
142. Furman University
143. Gannon University
144. George Fox University
145. Georgetown College
146. Georgetown University
147. Georgia College and State University
148. Georgia Institute of Technology
149. Gettysburg College
150. Gonzaga University
151. Gordon College
152. Goucher College
153. Grinnell College
154. Guilford College
155. Hamilton College
156. Hampshire College
157. Hampton University
158. Harding University
159. Hartwick College
160. Harvard University
161. Harvey Mudd College
162. Hastings College
163. Haverford College
164. Hawaii Pacific University
165. Hendrix College
166. High Point University
167. Hillsdale College
168. Hiram College
169. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
170. Hollins University
171. Hope College
172. Howard University
173. Idaho State University
174. Illinois Institute of Technology
175. Illinois Wesleyan University
176. Indiana University
177. Iowa State University
178. Jacksonville University
179. James Madison University
180. Johns Hopkins University
181. Juniata College
182. Kalamazoo College
183. Kean University
184. Keene State College
185. Kent State University
186. Kenyon College
187. King's College
188. Knox College
189. La Salle University
190. La Sierra University
191. Lafayette College
192. Laguna College of Art and Design
193. Lake Forest College
194. Lawrence University
195. Le Moyne College
196. Lehigh University
197. Lewis & Clark College
198. Linfield College
199. Louisiana State University
200. Louisiana Tech University
201. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
202. Loyola Marymount University
203. Loyola University Chicago
204. Loyola University Maryland
205. Loyola University New Orleans
206. Luther College
207. Lynchburg College
208. Lynn University
209. Macalester College
210. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY
211. Manhattan College
212. Manhattanville College
213. Marist College
214. Marlboro College
215. Marquette University
216. Marymount Manhattan College
217. Maryville College
218. Maryville University of St. Louis
219. Marywood University
220. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
221. McDaniel College
222. Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
223. Menlo College
224. Mercer University
225. Mercy College
226. Mercyhurst College
227. Merrimack College
228. Miami University (OH)
229. Michigan State University
230. Michigan Technological University
231. MidAmerica Nazarene University
232. Middlebury College
233. Millikin University
234. Mills College
235. Millsaps College
236. Milwaukee School of Engineering
237. Mississippi College
238. Missouri University of Science and Technology
239. Monmouth College
240. Moravian College
241. Morehouse College
242. Mount Saint Mary College
243. Muhlenberg College
244. Murray State University
245. Muskingum College
246. Nazareth College
247. Nebraska Wesleyan University
248. New College of Florida
249. New England College
250. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
251. New Mexico State University
252. New World School of the Arts
253. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
254. New York Institute of Technology
255. New York University
256. Newbury College
257. Niagara University
258. Nichols College
259. Norfolk State University
260. Northeastern University
261. Northwestern University
262. Notre Dame de Namur University
263. Nova Southeastern University
264. Occidental College
265. Ohio Northern University
266. Ohio State University-Columbus
267. Ohio Wesleyan University
268. Oklahoma State University
269. Old Dominion University
270. Olivet College
271. Oregon Institute of Technology
272. Pacific Lutheran University
273. Pennsylvania State University-University Park
274. Pepperdine University
275. Pine Manor College
276. Pitzer College
277. Pomona College
278. Portland State University
279. Post University
280. Presbyterian College
281. Prescott College
282. Princeton University
283. Providence College
284. Purdue University-West Lafayette
285. Quinnipiac University
286. Randolph College
287. Randolph-Macon College
288. Reed College
289. Regis College
290. Regis University
291. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
292. Rhode Island College
293. Rhodes College
294. Rice University
295. Richard Stockton College of NJ
296. Rider University
297. Ringling College of Art & Design
298. Ripon College
299. Rochester Institute of Technology
300. Rockland Community College
301. Roger WIlliams University
302. Rosemont College
303. Rowan University
304. Rutgers-New Brunswick
305. Rutgers-Newark
306. Sacred Heart University
307. Sage College of Albany
308. Saint Anselm College
309. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
310. Saint Leo University
311. Saint Martin's University
312. Saint Mary's College (CA)
313. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
314. Saint Michael's College
315. Saint Vincent College
316. Salem College
317. Salisbury University
318. Salve Regina University
319. San Diego State University
320. San Francisco State University
321. San Jose City College
322. Santa Clara University
323. Santa Fe Community College
324. Sarah Lawrence College
325. Savannah State University
326. Scripps College
327. Seattle Pacific University
328. Seattle University
329. Sewanee: The University of the South
330. Shenandoah University
331. Shorter University
332. Simmons College
333. Skidmore College
334. Smith College
335. Soka University of America
336. South Carolina State University
337. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
338. Southern Methodist University
339. Southern Nazarene University
340. Southern New Hampshire University
341. Southern University at New Orleans
342. Southwestern University
343. Spelman College
344. Spring Hill College
345. Springfield College
346. St. Catherine University
347. St. Edward's University
348. St. Lawrence University
349. St. Mary's College
350. St. Mary's College of Maryland
351. St. Olaf College
352. St. Petersburg College
353. St. Thomas Aquinas College
354. Stanford University
355. State University of New York at Albany
356. State University of New York at Binghamton
357. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
358. State University of New York at Cortland
359. State University of New York at Fredonia
360. State University of New York at Geneseo
361. State University of New York at New Paltz
362. State University of New York at Old Westbury
363. State University of New York at Oneonta
364. State University of New York at Oswego
365. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
366. State University of New York at Stony Brook
367. State University of New York-University at Buffalo
368. Sterling College
369. Stetson University
370. Stevens Institute of Technology
371. Stonehill College
372. Suffolk University
373. Susquehanna University
374. Swarthmore College
375. Sweet Briar College
376. Syracuse University
377. Texas A&M University-College Station
378. Texas Christian University
379. Texas State University
380. Texas Tech University
381. Touro College
382. Transylvania University
383. Trine University
384. Trinity College (CT)
385. Trinity University
386. Troy University
387. Tufts University
388. Tulane University
389. Tuskegee University
390. Union College
391. United States Air Force Academy
392. United States Naval Academy
393. Unity College
394. University of Alabama
395. University of Alaska-Southeast
396. University of Arizona
397. University of California-Berkeley
398. University of California-Davis
399. University of California-Irvine
400. University of California-Los Angeles
401. University of California-Merced
402. University of California-Riverside
403. University of California-San Diego
404. University of California-Santa Barbara
405. University of California-Santa Cruz
406. University of Central Florida
407. University of Chicago
408. University of Cincinnati
409. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
410. University of Colorado-Boulder
411. University of Connecticut
412. University of Dallas
413. University of Dayton
414. University of Delaware
415. University of Denver
416. University of Evansville
417. University of Findlay
418. University of Florida
419. University of Georgia
420. University of Great Falls
421. University of Hartford
422. University of Hawaii-Manoa
423. University of Illinois-Chicago
424. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
425. University of Iowa
426. University of Kansas
427. University of Mary
428. University of Mary Washington
429. University of Maryland-College Park
430. University of Maryland-University College
431. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
432. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
433. University of Massachusetts-Boston
434. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
435. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
436. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
437. University of Mississippi
438. University of Missouri-Columbia
439. University of Montevallo
440. University of Nebraska-Omaha
441. University of New England
442. University of New Hampshire
443. University of New Haven
444. University of North Carolina-Asheville
445. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
446. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
447. University of North Carolina-Wilmington
448. University of North Dakota
449. University of Northern Colorado
450. University of Notre Dame
451. University of Oklahoma
452. University of Oregon
453. University of Pennsylvania
454. University of Pittsburgh
455. University of Portland
456. University of Puget Sound
457. University of Redlands
458. University of Rhode Island
459. University of Richmond
460. University of Rochester
461. University of San Diego
462. University of San Francisco
463. University of Saskatchewan
464. University of Scranton
465. University of South Florida
466. University of Southern California
467. University of St. Thomas
468. University of Tennessee
469. University of Texas-Austin
470. University of Texas-Dallas
471. University of Texas-Tyler
472. University of the Sciences
473. University of Toronto
474. University of Utah
475. University of Vermont
476. University of Victoria
477. University of Virginia
478. University of Washington-Seattle
479. University of Western Ontario
480. University of Wisconsin-Madison
481. University of Wyoming
482. Ursinus College
483. Valparaiso University
484. Vanderbilt University
485. Vassar College
486. Villanova University
487. Virginia Commonwealth University
488. Virginia Tech
489. Wabash College
490. Wagner College
491. Wake Forest University
492. Wartburg College
493. Washington and Jefferson College
494. Washington and Lee University
495. Washington College
496. Washington State University
497. Webb Institute
498. Wellesley College
499. Wells College
500. Wentworth Institute of Technology
501. Wentworth Military Academy and College
502. Wesleyan College
503. Wesleyan University
504. Western Carolina University
505. Western New England University
506. Western Washington University
507. Westminster College (MO)
508. Westminster College (PA)
509. Westminster College of Salt Lake City
510. Westmont College
511. Wheaton College
512. Wheelock College (MA)
513. Whitman College
514. Whittier College
515. Widener University
516. Willamette University
517. William Jewell College
518. William Paterson University
519. Williams College
520. Wingate University
521. Winona State University (MN)
522. Wofford College
523. Woodbury University
524. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
525. Wright State University
526. Xavier University (OH)
527. Xavier University of Louisiana
528. Yale University

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UChicago 2014-2015 Essay Questions Posted

chicagoIf you missed this earlier in the month, check out these 2014-2015 essay questions posted here by University of Chicago, and be sure to read the note that follows them:

In the spirit of unadventurous inquiry, student applicants to the Class of 2019 will be asked to respond, briefly, to one of the following prompts. We guess.

  • From bed to couch, front yard to back yard, reruns of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to new episodes of Judge Judy, every school-free summer is special. Tell us: what did you do on your summer vacation?
  • If you could be the president of any school club, of which school club would you be president, and why?
  • Select an inspirational quote from, and describe, in great detail, its relevance to your life. 
  • Sports: yes or no?
  • We’ve all had the experience of having to take the stairs. Tell us about one time when you had to take the stairs. Inspired by Daniel C, AB ‘10.
  • In lieu of an essay, please submit one (1) selfie. 
  • If you were reaching for the moon, but instead you fell among the stars, how would you feel? 
  • Please write an acrostic poem for which the anchor word is “COLLEGE”. 
  • What was your favorite standardized test question? Please feel free to reflect on the entirety of your standardized test taking experience.
  • Books are alright. Which ones do you like?

[Note: ok, yes, we admit it now— this was a little April Fools day joke! Look forward to seeing our real prompts coming up in early Summer, and we’d like to lovingly and respectfully note that submitting one (1) selfie DOES NOT constitute writing your own prompt.]

Unfortunately, essay writing will never be that easy, especially for a top college, and it is still a bit early for colleges to start releasing their supplemental questions (we'll let you know when they do). However, for the eager beavers out there, you can start working on your Common App main essay as the prompts have already been updated in your College Essay Organizer accounts.


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