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University of Chicago
University of Chicago 5801 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL 60637 Phone: (773) 702-1234
  • General Information
    About University of Chicago

    Located in the community of Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side, just 15 minutes from the city center, the University of Chicago is uniquely positioned to contribute to, and draw from, the strength and diversity of this world-class metropolis. We have also made an indelible mark on the world at large. Changing the World Our faculty and students are pioneers, discoverers, teachers, scholars, and change agents. We ask tough questions, engage the world around us, and pursue knowledge with rigor because we believe in the transformative power of ideas. Shaping Minds Our undergraduate program is known for its emphasis on critical thinking and broad interdisciplinary exposure to the full range of intellectual discovery. Our College classrooms have a reputation for being hotbeds of exhilarating discourse. Discussions that start in the classroom often move to the dormitory hall, to the lunch table, and into the community. A Chicago education is a life-changing experience. Creating New Disciplines As the nation’s celebrated teacher of teachers, we place particular emphasis at the graduate level on the training of students for careers in academia and research. Committed to scholarship of the highest order, our faculty has made major contributions to existing bodies of knowledge and to the creation of new fields of study. Chicago scholars seek to break down artificial disciplinary barriers and frequently explore research and coursework outside their selected fields. We have long thrived in an atmosphere of free and open inquiry, which has led to classic studies of literary criticism and urban sociology, the development of ecology, and the study of religions as an academic field. Leading in Law and Economics Our legal scholars have pioneered the analysis of legal issues from an economic point of view; and more than any other university in the world, ours has made its mark in the reshaping of modern economics. Leading in the Sciences It was at Chicago that REM sleep was discovered and carbon 14 dating was developed. Our scientists laid the mathematical foundations of genetic evolution; executed the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction; conceived the study of black holes; and performed the nation’s first living-donor liver transplant. Researchers here have also expanded our understanding of dinosaur evolution; reconstructed the evolution of the early universe in astonishing detail; proved that chromosomal defects can lead to cancer; and pioneered scientific archaeology of the ancient Near East. Winning Awards and Accolades Eighty-five recipients of the Nobel Prize have been students, researchers, or faculty here. Since 1979, 13 of Chicago’s faculty have been honored with the prize—four in physics, eight in economics, and one in literature. Our creative writers and scholars have recently won the Pulitzer prize, the National Medal of Science, the Grammy award, and the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, among other major awards. Even undergraduates have the opportunity to study with a Nobel laureate here. Changing the Face of Education Our impact on American higher education is legendary. It was here that the four-quarter system was developed and adult extension courses in the liberal arts were first conceived. We forever changed business education with the first executive MBA program, in 1943. Our coherent program of general education for undergraduates has been copied all over the nation, and college curricula throughout the country reflect our conception of the liberal arts undergraduate education. Crossing Boundaries At Chicago, campus and community are interconnected in partnerships that serve both to support the community and train future policymakers, social workers, artists, and social and political leaders. The University of Chicago Charter School, run by the Center for Urban School Improvement, serves Chicago public school students with four campuses for students in pre-kindergarten through high school. The Mandel Legal Aid Clinic teaches Law School students advocacy skills, professional ethics, and the effect of legal institutions on the poor, while assisting indigent clients. While the University of Chicago contributes specifically to the metropolis, the city in turn serves as a living laboratory for addressing social issues on a national and global scale. BASIC FACTS Motto Crescat scientia; vita excolaturLet knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched. First Classes: 1892 Founder: John D. Rockefeller President: Robert J. Zimmer Students 5,134 undergraduate students 10,492 graduate, professional, and other students Faculty 2,211 faculty and other academic personnel 85 Nobel Prize winners, including 8 current faculty Alumni 154,286 alumni worldwide Research $472 million in sponsored research awards More than 3,300 patents filed since 1987 Manager of Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (in partnership) Arts & Culture Professional museums, theater, concerts, and lectures A multitude of student-run organizations and events Campus In Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood on Lake Michigan 211 acres; designated a botanic garden in 1997 Blend of traditional English Gothic and award-winning modern buildings designed by renowned architects Undergraduate College offering 50 majors and 29 minors Four Graduate Divisions Biological Sciences Humanities Physical Sciences Social Sciences Six Graduate Professional Schools Divinity School Chicago Booth School of Business Law School Pritzker School of Medicine Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies School of Social Service Administration Continuing Education Graham School of General Studies offering degree, certificate, and open enrollment programs


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army, Air Force)
    • Teacher certification
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    Credit Accepted
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree
    Campus Setting
    • City: Large
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 13,564
    Percent Admitted 27%
    Men Admitted 28%
    Women Admitted 27%
    Full Time Retention Rate 98%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 660 770
      Math 650 760
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 28 33
      English 29 35
      Math 28 34
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 16,679
    Native American 39.0
    Asian 1,878.0
    African American 783.0
    Hispanic 848.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 5,268
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 7,404

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