For the 19992000 academic year, the College has seen a rise
in applicants and in the number of applicants with high SAT scores.
Compared to last year, the total number of applicants has gone
up 22 percentfrom 5,520 to 6,733, according to the Universitys
Office of Admissions. Nearly a fifth of the applicants applied for
early action, an increase of 41 percent from 862 last year to 1,215
At the same time, the applicants are turning in higher standardized
test scores. Among early applicants, the number with scores in the
1,500 to 1,600 tier increased by 28 percent; in the 1,400 to 1,490
tier by 59 percent; and in the 1,300 to 1,390 tier by 33 percent.
Among regular decision applicants, the number scoring 1,500 to 1,600
increased by 25 percent; 1,400 to 1,490 by 29 percent; and 1,300
to 1,390 by 20 percent.
Michael Behnke, vice president of enrollment, says the number
of early applicants signals a rise in students seriously thinking
about attending the College. Though Chicagos early application
process is not binding, as it is at most other colleges, students
typically apply early only if Chicago is a top choice, he says.
Despite the rise in early applicants, the target size of the class
will remain the same size as this years entering classabout
1,017in order to more gradually expand the overall size of
Behnke attributes the increase in applicants to more informational
programs for prospective studentsthis summer, on-campus interviews
were up 52 percentand to new recruitment strategies, such
as a viewbook entitled The Life of the Mind, that highlight
Chicagos academic rigor, extracurricular activities, foreign
study, and athletics.J.P.