Our application is now live! 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 Early Action deadline. Read on to find out the benefits.

Early Notification

Early Action applicants will be notified in mid-November of their admission decision. As with all our admission rounds, Early Action is non-binding—and it doesn't have an earlier deposit date than other rounds. 

More time for planning

Students accepted in Early Action have more time 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 Early Action will have time to submit additional or updated documents to be reconsidered in Round One.


Our deadline for Early Action is October 1, 2019. You can view the requirements and deadlines here. If you are unable to apply in Early Action—for example, you may not have test scores by then, or your recommenders may not be able to submit by the deadline—we encourage you to apply in Round One. However, we do accept unofficial scores and transcripts on your application. Once admitted, you will need to send official scores and transcripts.

If you are able to apply in Early Action, this tends to be the best option.