• Derryn Cheung

Pritzker School of Medicine (U Chicago)


  • Location

  • U Chicago is located in Chicago, Illinois


  • Tuition

  • Source: Tuition Fee

  • U Chicago’s tuition varies throughout all four years of medical school.

  • 1st year students’ estimated tuition fee (w/ health insurance): $87,163

  • 2nd year students’ estimated tuition fee (w/ health insurance): $85,358

  • 3rd year students’ estimated tuition fee (w/ health insurance): $110, 654

  • 4th year students’ estimated tuition fee (w/ health insurance): $111,206


  • Financial Aid

  • Tips on Cutting Costs (according to U Chicago)

  • Bring a lunch rather than buying food on campus or in the hospital

  • Brew your own coffee (as students’ caffeine intake drastically increase in medical school)

  • Live within walking distance

  • Don’t buy books, borrow from an upper class student or buy used ones (save money and are in a relatively good condition)

  • Avoid late payment and registration fees (more expensive)

  • Put some money into savings each month (this will help cover the cost of residency after graduating medical school)


  • Eligibility for Financial Aid

  • To be eligible for his/her Institutational Loans, a student must provide parent financial information on his/her 30th birthday (aka the first day of the Summer Anatomy course, or for continuing students, the first day of their academic year)

  • Changes in the financial circumstances of a student and his or her family can have an impact on the amount of financial aid for which one receives.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.

  • Students who are not making satisfactory academic progress through medical school can lose some (or all) eligibility for financial aid.

*International Students are not eligible for loans from state or federal programs. International students are required to submit a letter to the University International Affairs Office explaining how they plan on paying for their medical education.



  • Eligibility for Federal Loan Program

  • Be enrolled or accepted into a degree or certificate program at an eligible school

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident

  • Neither owe a grant refund nor be in default on any education loans

  • Register with Selective Service if required to do so by law

  • Sign a Statement of Education Purpose explaining that proceeds from the loan will only be used to pay for medical education.

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress


  • Average MCAT

  • In 2019, Applicants admitted in 2019 had MCAT scores ranging from the 64th percentile to the 100th percentile

  • The average MCAT score was a 519.


  • GPA

  • Applicants admitted had cumulative GPAs ranging from 3.09 - 4.0, with an average of 3.84. AMCAS- calculated science/BCPM GPAs ranged from 2.94 - 4.0, with an average of 3.80.


  • Acceptance Rate

  • 4% (according to the Princeton Review)


  • What it’s known for

  • Majors known for

  • Social sciences

  • Mathematics and stats

  • Biological and biomedical sciences

  • Physical sciences

  • Public administration and social service professions.


  • Student Testimonies

  • Alumni (according to Quora)

  • Manuel Chaknis:

  • Went there from 1981-1985

  • HS Stats:

  • GPA: 3.83 (no weighted back then; also keep in mind this may not be as up to date with today’s standards)

  • AP scores: English (I’m not sure whether it was literature or language and composition)(4), Euro Hist (4), German (4), Chem (4), Calc AB (4).

  • Graduated with GPA of 3.25

  • Says an above-average/well score on MCAT and some extracurriculars and research could get into med school.



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