It's spring time which means it's that time of year when high school seniors are finalizing their collegiate plans, sweating out wait lists and picking which university they'll attend. But if aspiring college students want to attend the University of Chicago, they may as well apply to Ivy League schools, too, because the acceptance rates are about the same. According to numbers released by Time Magazine, the percent of applicants to the U of C that are admitted is competitive, if not smaller, than most Ivy League schools. While, unsurprisingly, Harvard (5.8 percent) and Yale (6.72 percent), are the most difficult to get into, the University of Chicago joins the ranks of the elite with an 8.8 percent acceptance rate, smaller than Cornell (15.2 percent), Penn (12.1 percent), and Brown (9.2 percent).
Of course, the percentage levels are a little bit deceiving since the percentage of admissions is based on applications and the U of C continued a trend of a growing number of applicants by receiving a record 30,369 applications, admitting roughly 2,670. But even so, that number of total students admitted each year continues to decrease, down from an estimated 3450 five years ago.