Applicants frequently request more information on the application rounds and the benefits of one deadline over the other. If you are interested in our full-time degree programs, we recommend applying by the earliest deadline possible. Our application will be live by the end of this summer, and our Early Action deadline will be in early October.

More time for planning

The earlier you are accepted the more time you have to plan relocating to the Chicago area, review housing options, attend events, and connect with students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Accepted students also will have additional time to identify, and be considered for, other opportunities such as fellowships, research assistantships, and more. Additionally, students who are waitlisted in one of our earlier rounds will have time to submit additional or updated documents to be reconsidered in future rounds.


If you are unable to apply in Early Action—for example, you may be awaiting test scores, or your recommenders may not be able to submit by the deadline—we encourage you to apply to Round 1. Please note, you can submit your application with "unofficial" self-reported scores and transcripts. If admitted, you will need to send official scores and transcripts.