Any student who cares more about their GPA than the actual material learned should not attend the University of Chicago, which is known for having one of the lowest average GPAs in the nation. Expect to spend large quantities of time in the library reading, studying, and preparing for all of your classes; there is no such thing as a ?slack class? at this school, and, as such, you will be assigned a healthy amount of work for every class. Any student who wants to specialize in a field of study immediately should not attend this university.
Students who seek majors like "pre-law" or "pre-med," and who acquire knowledge through the prism of how it will serve them in professional school would have difficulty adapting to the University's classes. Students who would participate in and rise to leadership roles in extracurriculars with an eye towards their resume would be an anomaly in the University's organizations. By the same token, students who would not leave the confines of the study rooms to maintain their GPAs would neither fit in at the University nor achieve higher GPAs.
People who are looking for a social life should not attend this school. People looking to have fun in college should not attend this school. People looking for lively on campus housing should not attend this school. People looking for a safe college neighborhood should not attend this school. People looking for high GPA's should not attend this school. People who are looking for a college focused on undergraduate learning should not attend this school, it is much more focused on graduate students.
The kind of person that should not attend UIC is a lazy person. UIC is fast paced with big classes and you can fall behind very quickly. So to keep up with your professor and classmates you have to work very hard. A person who is a procrastinator also should not attend. There are fixed deadlines and they must met with no exceptions.
A person who likes their social life way more than academic one. In this school, most of the people are weird in one way or another, and it is hard to find people you'd click with. Most of them are studying all the time, so even if you like them, its hard to hang out. A lot of activities are lame and not appealing to many students
Someone looking to meet new friends fast; unless the student plans to live on UIC through on-campus housing, i do not recommend UIC as a university where one would make quick friends. It requires effot and is considerably difficult if a student does not live on campus.
Someone who is only interested in partying would not do well at UChicago, nor would someone who wants to go to college to learn how to do some specific practical job i.e. Communications, Engineering, Journalism etc.
Someone who cannot laugh at the school's pseudo-motto, "Where fun comes to die"; someone who doesn't enjoy exploring big cities; someone who can't stand theory-based arguments; someone who doesn't love a challenge.
A person who is not at all interested in doing homework, studying, and thinking about the world theoretically and critically would have a hard time fitting in at U of C.
Someone who is not extremely interested in academics and learning for learning's sake.