News: U. of C. tough to get into

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

It’s getting harder and harder to get into the University of Chicago.
This year the school admitted a record low number of applicants to its undergraduate school.

The university sent offers to 2,676 of the 30,369 applicants to the college, setting an 8.8 percent acceptance rate for the 2013-2014 school year.

“For more than a decade, the College has seen a steady increase in applications and a decreasing acceptance rate, as more students worldwide have aspired to attend the College. Applications have more than tripled since 2006, when they stood at 9,538,” university spokesman Jeremy Manier wrote in a press release.

This is the first year UChicago Promise has offered to help students from the City of Chicago pay for and attend the pricy but prestigious university.

The press release said UChicago Promise saved Chicago students almost $90,000 in application feels and gave aid packages up to $2.2 million.

UChicago Promise offers aid packages to qualifying students from Chicago schools. This year 117 students were admitted from Chicago. The remaining American students were accepted from roughly equal portions of the Midwest, East Coast and West Coast.

l.welbers@hpherald.com