Friday, December 01, 2006

The Truth about application credentials

Here is the email:

As of this date, your University of Chicago Early Action Application
remains incomplete. It is likely that whatever is not here has gone
astray, though we assume that you and your school have made
every effort to send all material in a timely way. We still have time
to complete your file, to read it, and to render a decision in December.
Let us work together to complete your application.

Please go to the Uncommon application homepage. Enter your username and password, and click "Login." Click
"Check Credentials" in order to see which credentials continue to be missing.

If any of the following credentials are missing from your application, please email the documents by the end of the day, Monday, December 4 to or fax the documents to 773-702-8599 (domestic fax) or 773-702-4704 (international fax):

  • Essays
  • Secondary School Counselor Report (Form 2B)
  • SAT or ACT test scores as reported to your high school
  • Teacher recommendations (Forms 3A or 3B)

    Official high school transcripts and application fees, which must be paid
    by check or money order at this time, must be mailed to:

    The University of Chicago
    Office of College Admissions
    1101 E 58th Street, Suite 105
    Chicago, IL 60637

    Transcripts and fees must arrive in our office by Wednesday, December 6.

    We look forward to working with you to complete the remaining credentials
    required in support of your application.

    Applications which remain incomplete after December 6, 2006, will be
    deferred to our Regular Notification program.

  • Only 308 people got this email. Now, if you did not get the email, that means your application is complete, or at least complete enough to be read. Applications with only one teacher recommendation are complete enough to be read. Will your chances of admission be harmed if you got the email, or if you only had one teacher recommendation? No. I found this out after I graduated, but I was admitted with only one teacher recommendation! Mrs. Sturgill, where did your recommendation go?

    Knowing how shy I was in high school, I probably never gave her the form.

    Any questions? Ask them in the comments section.