University of Chicago Distinctives – Core Curriculum, Econ, Political Science, Sciences, History, Sociology


Mary Hetlage, of Chicago, addressing the rapt Florimont students.


The serried ranks of eager students!

3 approaches – completely open choice, directed choice, distribution requirements.  Uni Chicago is the 2nd.

For IB, most who make competitive applications would be getting 6s or 7s.,_Chicago

Chicago – career opportunities, internships, financial hub,arts community, government.  Institute of Politics – top political speakers.  Sciences – Institute of Molecular Engineering.  NOT TRADITIONAL ENGINEERING.  Battery and electrical engineering.

The Windy City.

House system – communities – microcosm of the wider university.  Academic support.  Collaborative place – learning happens through discussion. Social support too.

Greek life – 10% of students.

Visual and Performing Arts Centre – see  Music major – theory.  Theatre and Performance Studies – academic approach.  Cinema and Media STudies Major.  Artist in residence.

June – writing supplement.  1 essay from a choice of 5.  E.g. « What’s so odd about odd numbers? »  « What’s your pH? »  See

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Individual counselling.

Here are my notes from the presentation –

Chicago 5.5k undergraduates. 8 Nobel prize winners on faculty. Liberal arts.

Small classes 80% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Core curriculum.   1-3 of your coursework.  1-3 Major.  1-3 of something else you like.

One of the most rigorous curricula you will find.  Great literary works.  19 students max, discussion-led.  Conversation with Faculty.  Very international.

Discussion and debate. Then choose Major…follow your passion.

Research university. Grad schools like business.  Interdisciplinary opps.

Double major possible. Centres all over world.

Strong career programme. Internships. Live on campus 1st year and longer if want.

3rd largest city in US.  Academic experiences and your take on things. Extra curric.  No particular SAT scores.  Writing score not used.  Out of 1600 total – 1500-1550 for CR and Math. No subject tests required.

11% international students. 2.7k  rolling applications.

EA no ED. Charity work…be authentic.  Scholarships both merit and need based.

St Michael’s Vermont

St Michaels, Vermont

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5.5k per year if graduating from Catholic high school. Over 4 years. Vermont – lots of colleges, Burlington – rural but city advantages, 3 hours from Boston, 8 hours to N York. Internships, intl students, retention 91%, average 60 to 70%.

Entirely residential, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Business, Engineering. JOURNALISM.

New College of the Humanities – Visit

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UPDATE 2014 – final year about to graduate in 2015.  1 to 1 but also small group tutorials.  NOT application by UCAS – you send an essay, humanities and analytically-focussed.  Separate from UCAS.  ALL CANDIDATES INTERVIEWED.  £18k per year.  2 scholarships – 1 merit-based.  Fees then reduced to £7k per year.  No extra paperwork needed. 2nd form is merit and means based.  

Founded by A C Grayling.  Idea is to fuse depth and the US liberal arts approach.  More to study than at other universities.  Maintain breadth encountered at school.

Founded 2011 – currently 1st years and 2nd years – 110 total.  12 module degree – standard length of UK degree.  Single honours degree would usually be done in isolation.  Not just passing exams but passionate about learning and curious about the world.

Contextual is like a minor.  2 combinations – PPE and PPH.  ie Economics or History.

Core modules – unique to NCH.  Applied ethics (participative lectures)- logic and critical thinking – science literacy.  Degree in humanities – but they don’t wont you to lose touch with such matters as cosmology and evolutionary biology.

Also business skills such as financial literacy, team work, presentation, marketing, business skills, understanding of customers.  CBI publish reports about employment skills that are needed.

2 separate qualifications – University of London (library access etc).  Extra 8 modules – NCH diploma.  This is being marketed to employers – how is this person different?

1 to 1 tutorials and small-group teaching.  12 contact hours compulsory per week.  But lots of independent study needed to do well in those 12 hours. Every week a 1-1 tutorial – essay handed in in advance.  Debate and challenge of your ideas.

Even at Oxbridge, not as much 1 to 1 teaching.  Law and Econ – small-group teaching.

Restrictive Early Action at Boston – Clarification






I hope that your senior year has begun well and that you are making progress with your college applications.  Thank you for your interest in Boston College.


Recently, it has come to my attention that there is confusion surrounding Boston College’s Restrictive Early Action program.  This is because REA is defined differently by the colleges that practice it.

Restrictive Early Action at Boston College permits students to apply to other colleges under Early Action or Regular Decision programs.  REA applicants to Boston College may not apply to a binding Early Decision program, since that student could not consider an REA offer of admission from Boston College if admitted to the Early Decision program.  Click here to learn more about our Restrictive Early Action policy.


I hope this policy is clear.  Please feel welcome to call our office (1-800-360-2522) if we can be of further assistance.  Best wishes to you and your family.




John L. Mahoney

Director of Undergraduate Admission

Boston College






Phone: (800) 360-2522

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