Description

The University of Chicago is not only a university in Chicago, Illinois, but also a university for Chicago.

In addition to providing a dynamic education based on critical thinking and interdisciplinary exposure, the university sponsors hundreds of art and cultural events open to the public free of charge. Venues such as the Court Theatre, the Oriental Institute, and the Smart Museum often host these events for local residents and students. The university’s retail development initiatives also help strengthen the economic health of the city.

Academics include more than 50 areas of specialized undergraduate and graduate study, including some interdisciplinary programs like Big Problems, which tackles matters of global and universal concern that do not belong to one discipline or interest group, scientific fields like Biological Chemistry, and more.

Experiential programs known as “Chicago Careers In” provide students with research, internships, and advising in fields like business and health professions.

To honor its civic commitments, the university maintains partnerships with neighbors to enhance the quality of life and economic state of the city. Students may get involved with Urban Education Institute, Urban Health Initiative, and more.

Admissions are need-blind, with decisions made wholly independent of financial need. Eligible students may receive financial aid through selective merit-based scholarships, student loans, and federal and state grants.

All incoming students are required to live in campus housing for at least one year to enhance college life.

Quick Facts about University of Chicago

Region

Midwest

Setting

Large City Setting

Type

Private

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Maroons

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Most Selective

In-State Tuition

$41,853

Out-of-State Tuition

$41,853

Retention Rate

98%

Enrollment

12,569

Year Established

1892

Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

5 star
  4 reviews
4 star
  1 review
3 star
  1 review
2 star
 
1 star
 

67% of students gave University of Chicago 5 stars overall.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2000

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

I have mixed feelings about the U of C. I do feel like I missed out on the "typical college experience", because the environment at that time was really not conducive to having much of a social life. But I also have fond memories of the intense intellectual engagement that came from my coursework. I hear the school has made significant strides in improving campus life since I attended, so I encourage prospective students to visit the campus -- and stay overnight in a dorm if possible -- to get a sense of the student life.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2007

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

Great experience. Amazing professors and resources available and U Chicago. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The campus was beautiful in the spring and summer, and as you could expect freezing in the winter. The campus was always well lit, clean and safe.

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Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
5,026
Freshman Class
1,370
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
12,569

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
40%
Graduate
60%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
100%
Part-Time
0%

Gender of Students

Women
48%
Men
52%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
7%
African American
6%
Caucasian
55%
Asian
15%
Unknown and Other
17%

International Students

International
17%
Domestic
83%

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