The University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 6 Review

Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for The University of Chicago

Alumnus - Grad Year 2000

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

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.

Academics

Without a doubt, academics are the reason to go to the University of Chicago. The challenges I faced there helped me develop critical thinking skills that continue to serve me in my career. The workload was at times overwhelming, especially when working a part-time job. The quarter system really forces you to be aggressive about time management and savvy about the amount of effort you'll spend on any given task or assignment. Though again, these are important skills for any career.

College Life

When you combine a rigorous academic program with a bunch of smart, studious people, building a social life can be a real challenge. There were always plenty of clubs and organizations to join, but sometimes the academic schedule made it difficult to commit to them. The key for me was finding two clubs whose missions I cared about and whose members I really liked, so I was motivated to carve out the necessary time to participate.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2007

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

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.

Academics

I was enrolled in the Masters Degree program in child psychology. The Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago child and adolescent psychiatry program is recognized as a leader in research, training, and clinical care, and you can feel this when you are enrolled in the program. The professors are with you every step of the way, and the children were great to work with.

College Life

This program has a lot of enrollment's, but surprisingly it does not feel that way. The campus is very safe, and freezing in the winter time. Unfortunately I had to commute from suburbs away from Chicago, I highly recommend living close to the University.


Former Student - Last Attended 2009

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Overall

What I like most about UChicago is that it will provide me with the experience and academics that I need to peruse my career in Broadcast Journalism. It is very diverse and I will be able to interact with different people of different ethnic groups.

Academics

The classes would be just perfect for me and the professors are very passionate about what they do. Proven if the coursework would be difficult I know that my professor wouldn't mind assisting me. The class size my range but that won't affect me too much.

College Life

The social atmosphere is wonderful. There are some many different people and ethnic groups. There are fun and exciting weekend activities to attend as well. The athletics will always kelp you entertained as well.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

The University of Chicago, as a sub-urban university, displays a strong academic program, while offering students moments to relax and enjoy their college experience. One of my favorite examples is the famous annual Scavenger Hunt. The entire city of Chicago knows about it! They offer a variety of clubs, students organizations, on and off students meets that allow the students to not only be a part of an outstanding and prestigious university, but also to have fun in their learning experience. The school's sub-urban atmosphere is definitely ideal, providing the students with a relaxed vibe; but, since Chicago is only a 20 minute train ride from the campus, the students have access to a different environment, also, allowing them to experience the best of both worlds, one could say. Chicago is an expensive city, but the college makes the student's time and trips to the city affordable, thanks to their student discounts and sometimes free-train ride passes. Overall, what I loved most about the University of Chicago was the way it put an emphasis on academics, but also provided the students with many opportunities to enjoy their college experience.

Academics

The University of Chicago has ranked in the top 10 universities in nation for numerous years in a row. One of the reasons they received this national prestigious ranking is due to their rigorous classes. Although the students have said that classes can sometimes be overwhelming and difficult to follow, never once has anyone said that a teacher has not been there to help. The University of Chicago's faculty has been said to be the easiest teachers to get along with. This is largely thanks to the sub-urban location of the university, meaning that the teachers live in close proximity to the school; another reason is that the student to teacher ratio at the University of Chicago averages 7:1, with the majority of their classes being under 30:1 and having only a minority of the classes over 70:1. The combination of small class size and close proximity of teachers allows the students to really create relationships with their teachers, making it easier for students to ask their teachers for aid when it comes to the difficult classes the University offers. Another benefit to the University of Chicago is its program diversity. It offers majors and minors in almost any field (yet still has an emphasis on majors like medicine or foreign affairs) This diversity allows students who enter college with their majors undecided, or students who wish to change majors, to have room to breathe, knowing that they are able to remain at the University of Chicago instead of transferring to a school that offers the major they are interested in.

College Life

The University of Chicago has many student organizations, allowing students to always have something to keep themselves busy with. Although the school does not compete on a Division I level or have professional sport or music groups, there are give or take 300 student clubs and organizations that vary from ice hockey to painting. Students have said that the school has such a variety of students that there is a variety of clubs. This allows students to pick and choose from numerous clubs, and often it allows them to try new activities and meet new kinds of people they were not able to in high school. Additionally, even for students who do not prefer to be involved in student clubs or organizations, the University offers many internships and study abroad programs.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars

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