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Dougan Scholars Frequently Asked Questions

Should your question not be listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone: 773.702.7369.


Application Process

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I am a first year in the College, can I apply to Dougan Scholars?

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Yes. Complete the online application and submit all required materials. Please feel free to learn more about the application process on our website.

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When is the application deadline?

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Please consult the Dougan Scholars Certificate Program webpage for more information about applying to the program, including the application deadline.

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How do I reapply?

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Second year students who applied as first years can reapply. Complete a new application and submit all required materials. We keep old applications on file and will refer to them for re-applicants.  You will be asked to fill out a re-applicant essay, which is the only requirement that pertains directly to you.

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I am not an Economics major, how does the Admissions Committee view this when evaluating applicants?

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We take students from all majors because of our commitment to fostering a community that appreciates a diversity of perspectives and experiences. The Dougan Scholars Certificate Program allows you to choose courses that you have a vested interest in. In evaluating candidates, we value individuals who show a strong desire for the educational experience, so be sure to articulate how the Dougan Scholars Certificate Program fits your needs.

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What is your policy on withdrawing from the program?

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The Dougan Scholars program is highly selective and a student who withdraws from the program is taking up a spot that could go to another student. It is very important that you assess the demands and requirements of the program before making a decision to apply. The program requires the completion of six Booth courses as well as participation in other sessions and programming, therefore we encourage you to determine how it fits into your college experience. We recommend that you speak with your College academic adviser to discuss your academic plan prior to applying to the Dougan Scholars program.

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What is your policy on deferred admission?

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An application to the Dougan Scholars program should be submitted for the year in which you intend to enroll. Deferrals are not granted.

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Do you provide feedback to applicants who are denied?

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Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications, we are unable to offer feedback to denied applicants. Re-applicants may request feedback.

GPA and Transcripts

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What is the minimum GPA requirement?

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The Admissions Committee evaluates each application in a holistic manner, as we value the diverse experiences and accomplishments each student brings to the Dougan Scholars community. Hence, we do not have a minimum requirement for GPA scores.

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What kind of transcript is needed for my application?

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Unofficial transcripts (including Winter quarter grades) must be uploaded to your application. Please request an unencrypted PDF. A screen shot of your coursework and grades from your “My UChicago” will not be accepted and transcripts will not be accepted via email. When requesting your transcript through your My UChicago, be sure to download the Unofficial Transcript.

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What is an unofficial transcript?

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Any transcript that is not in an official, sealed envelope from your registrar is unofficial. Additionally, any transcript that is scanned, copied, faxed, emailed, or sent directly from the applicant is considered unofficial.

Letter of Recommendation

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Who should I choose to be my recommender?

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Your recommendation should come from a faculty member from the University of Chicago who knows you well enough to tell us about your abilities and address the areas indicated on the reference form. Your recommender should be able to tell us about your intellectual ability, potential for success and areas of development. The Admissions Committee will also accept a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher.

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What if my professor is no longer with the University of Chicago?

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We will accept a former University of Chicago professor as a recommender.

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How many recommendations are required?

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One recommendation is required for the application. Your recommender should know you well enough to tell us about your abilities and address the areas indicated on the reference form.

Requirements

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How many Booth courses are required to complete the Dougan Scholars Certificate Program?

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All students are required to take six Booth School of Business classes prior to graduation.  Only Booth courses taken through the Booth School of Business will count towards the requirement. This includes undergraduate-only sections of Booth courses.

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Can I register for more than six Booth courses?

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Students in the College are limited to six professional school course registrations (whether or not the courses are completed), and only four may be counted toward the 42 credits required in an undergraduate program. Therefore, Dougan Scholars can take a maximum of six unique Booth courses: all six courses may be counted toward the credits required to graduate. For more information, visit:

http://college.uchicago.edu/academics/graduate-and-professional-school-courses and consult with your academic adviser.

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What is the required coursework?

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Dougan Scholars are required to complete three foundations courses at Booth: Financial Accounting, Microeconomics and Statistics. Exceptions will be made for students who have completed a certain level of Economics or Statistics in the College. Students who have completed Econ 20100 and achieved at least a B will be required to complete either a microeconomics class or Competitive Strategy at Booth.  Students who have not completed Econ 20100 in the College (or have taken Econ 20100 but have not achieved a grade of B or better) will be required to take a microeconomics course at Booth.  Students who have completed Stat 23400 and achieved at least a B are not required to complete a Statistics class at Booth. Instead, students can take other Booth electives to count toward the six course requirement.

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Do I have to take one Booth course each quarter?

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As a Dougan Scholar, it is recommended that you plan to take one Booth course per quarter to ensure you are on track to complete the requirements prior to your graduating quarter. Please consult your College adviser and the Dougan Scholars program director to determine the Booth courses that are appropriate for your academic plan.

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Can I take a Booth course in my final quarter before graduation?

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Dougan Scholars may not take a Booth class in the quarter prior to graduation. The College does not accept Booth provisional grades for courses taken in the graduating quarter, unless the course is not needed for the degree. Some (or all) of the courses taken for the Dougan Scholars certificate will count toward your undergraduate degree; if so, Booth courses may not be taken in the graduating quarter.

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Can I study abroad if I am a Dougan Scholar?

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Yes, as a Dougan Scholar, you may plan to study abroad for one quarter. It is important that you assess your trajectory for the six courses you intend to take at Booth and determine how it ties in to your timeline for studying abroad.

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What kind of programming does Dougan Scholars offer? How often do Dougan Scholars meet?

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The Dougan Scholars program offers co-curricular program to complement their coursework. Programming is typically held in the evenings, three times each quarter, in addition to occasional lunch events hosted by alumni and faculty. It is expected that Dougan Scholars commit to this programming.

Learning More

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Will you be hosting an information session?

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Information sessions are hosted in the fall and winter quarters. Learn more about these sessions on the Dougan Scholars Certificate Program webpage.

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Can I schedule a meeting with you to learn more about the program?

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Yes, we welcome you to contact the program director to learn more about the Dougan Scholars Certificate Program.