From the School

The University of Chicago encourages a close-knit, collaborative learning environment on their campus in Hyde Park. Drawn to theoretical inquiry and open discussion, UChicago's 5,300 undergraduates enjoy small classes and spirited give-and-take discussions where they are free to break down disciplinary barriers and frequently explore research and coursework outside their selected field. The school promotes this close collaboration outside of the classroom as well. UChicago's eleven residence halls are distinct communities comprised of the College Houses. Each House is made up of undergraduate students as well as Resident Heads, who are advanced graduate students or faculty members. These communities become a home away from home and are a focal point for campus life.

Chartered as a private university in 1890, UChicago quickly became a world leader in research. Additionally, UChicago's coherent program of general education for undergraduates, the Core, became a model for American general education. The Core is the University of Chicago student's introduction to the tools of inquiry used in every discipline-science, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences. The goal is not just to transfer knowledge, but to raise fundamental questions and become familiar with the powerful ideas that shape our society.

This atmosphere of free and open inquiry-shaped by the Core, the College Houses, and an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration-attracts exceptional students and faculty from around the globe, including at total of 89 Nobel laureates. The intellectual environment on campus has also led to the development of academic disciplines in fields ranging from literary criticism and urban sociology to ecology and the study of religions, as well as world-renowned programs in anthropology, sociology, physics, and economics.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
720 - 800
SAT Math
710 - 790
ACT Composite
32 - 35


January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities


From The School

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees are awarded in the following programs:

Akkadian, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
American Sign Language, Linguistics
Ancient Anatolian Languages, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Applied Mathematics
Arabic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Aramaic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Armenian, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Art History
Asian Languages and Civilizations
Art History
Astronomy and Astrophysics*
Bangla (Bengali), South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Big Problems*
Biological Chemistry
Biological Sciences
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Slavic Languages and Literature
Cancer Biology, Biological Sciences Catalan, Romance Languages and Literature
Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences
Chicago Studies*
Chinese, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Cinema and Media Studies
Classical Studies
Comparative Human Development
Comparative Literature
Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
Computer Science
Computational Neuroscience*
Early Christian Literature
East Asian Languages and Civilizations East European, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Ecology and Evolution, Biological Sciences
Egyptian, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Endocrinology, Biological Sciences
Engineering, Molecular
English and Creative Writing*
English Language and Literature
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
French, Romance Languages and Literatures
Fundamentals: Issues and Texts
Ge'ez, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Gender and Sexuality Studies
General Slavic, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Genetics, Biological Sciences
Geographical Studies
Geophysical Sciences
Germanic Studies
Greek and Roman Cultures, Classical Studies
Hebrew, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences (HIPS)
Human Rights (minor only)*
Immunology, Biological Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities
International Studies
Italian, Romance Languages and Literatures
Japanese, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Jewish Studies
Kazakh, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Korean, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Language and Literature, Classical Studies
Language Intensive, Classical Studies Languages in Linguistics, Linguistics Latin American Studies
Law, Letters, and Society
Malayalam, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Marathi, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Mathematics with a Specialization in Economics, Mathematics
Medieval Studies
Microbiology, Biological Sciences
Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Near Eastern History and Civilization, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Neuroscience, Biological Sciences Norwegian Studies (minor only)
Pali, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Persian, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Philosophy and Allied Fields
Polish, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Political Science
Portuguese, Romance Languages and Literatures
Public Policy Studies
Religion and the Humanities
Religious Studies
Romance Languages and Literatures Russian Studies
Russian, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Sanskrit, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Slavic Languages and Literatures
South Asian Languages and Civilizations South Slavic, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Spanish, Romance Languages and Literatures
Sumerian, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Swahili, Linguistics
Tamil, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Telugu, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Theatre and Performance Studies
Tibetan, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Turkish, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Tutorial Studies
Ugaritic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Urdu, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Uzbek, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Visual Arts

*Interdisciplinary option

Students Say

Described as “an academic paradise near an awesome city,” the University of Chicago is a place where students “aren’t embarrassed by the fact that they’re smart.” Students say, UChicago “is a rigorous institution,” and they celebrate the fact that “you can’t just stick up your hand and not expect to be challenged by your professors and your peers.” Classrooms are small and foster a “collaborative learning environment.” “It’s a place that pushes smart people to make new discoveries, challenge their limits, and find new ways of understanding the world.” The “wide array of strong academic programs” offered at UChicago are set on the quarter system, which can be “a bit intensive.” “The sheer amount of material one covers in any given quarter is simply massive.” If you are up for it, you can “learn a ton” in this fast-paced system. The “rigorous” core curriculum leads “you to learn about things that you never thought you would enjoy.” “The school is at the forefront of research in most subjects, and the core really helps develop students into thinkers.” There is “lots of focus on discussion, analyzing original texts, and critical thinking.” Professors are a main reason students love this school. “Professors are celebrities in their field—it’s extremely common to begin doing research on a topic and realize that the world’s expert is two buildings down.” Remarkably, even “first-year students are often exposed to the best professors the school has to offer.” “This school is challenging, but it’s not anything you can’t handle. Everyone gets to pick the classes they take and how many they take at any time. You can make it as easy or hard as you want.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

David Broder
Pulitzer Prizing winning journalist

Edwin Hubble

Susan Sontag
Critic and Author

John Paul Stevens
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Philip Glass
Composer and Musician

Sara Paretsky
Author of V.I. Warshawski detective novels

Joseph Mansueto
Founder and CEO of Morningstar


From The School

For freshmen living on campus, the cost of attending the University of Chicago for the 2013-2014 academic year is $63,860. Of that, tuition amounts to $45,324, and room and board and fees total $13,653. Personal expenses and books are estimated to cost $3,821, and a student life fee of $1,062 supports student programming and campus-wide activities. The University of Chicago is need-blind when reading applications for US citizens and permanent residents, and citizens of Canada. They are need-sensitive when reading international student applications. For all admitted students, the University guarantees to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need through grants and no loans as part of the No Barriers initiative. UChicago offers primarily need-based financial aid, although it does offer some merit scholarships as well. Families who apply for financial aid do not have to pay a college application fee to UChicago.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

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Bottom Line

Yearly tuition to University of Chicago is a little more than $47,100, plus an additional $1,114 in mandatory fees. For campus residents, room and board is about $14,200 per year. Once you factor in personal expenses, transportation, books, and supplies, an education at University of Chicago costs about $66,137 per year. At University of Chicago, all demonstrated financial need is met through financial aid packages.

Bang For Your Buck

The University of Chicago operates a completely need-blind admissions process, admitting qualified students regardless of their financial situation. Once admitted, the school guarantees to meet 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need. The school is also committed to limiting debt from student loans. Students graduate with around $22,500 in loan debt on average, and the Odyssey Scholarship reduces (or eliminates) debt for students from lowand moderate-income families. Highly qualified freshman candidates may also be considered for Chicago’s competitive merit scholarships, some of which cover the entire cost of tuition. University Scholarships are awarded to about 100 students annually; these scholarships cover about a third of students’ tuition ($10,000) and are guaranteed for four years of study. Scholarships are awarded to applicants on the basis of outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to their communities. To be considered for any of Chicago’s merit scholarships, simply check the box on the Common Application that reads “Do you intend to apply for merit-based scholarship?” All first-year applicants are eligible.

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Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

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Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

More than 400 student organizations flourish at UChicago. These range from Off-Off Campus, an improvisational comedy group in the tradition of Chicago's own Second City (which originated at the University of Chicago), to the largest club, University Theater-a student-run theater company that, together with Off-Off Campus, puts on 30 shows a year. Some groups-like Model United Nations, the national champion Debate Society, and the winningest college quiz bowl team in the world-have long traditions of awards in regional and national competition. Students organize and run fourteen fraternities and seven sororities, clubs devoted to such varied interests as political economy and modern dance, and volunteer groups such as Alpha Phi Omega and Habitat for Humanity. Others spring up wherever student interests come together, such as JELLY (Jugglers Enriching Lives Like Yours) or Luigi, a club devoted to studying, developing, and designing video games.

An annual scavenger hunt and the winter festival Kuviasungnerk (from an Icelandic word roughly translated as "happy times") are among the traditional "UChicago" events on campus. With one of the most extensive intramural and club sports programs in the country, UChicago students take athletics seriously, and more than 70 percent participate in intramurals. Varsity athletics attract 14 percent of the undergraduate student population, where competition at the NCAA Division III level has resulted in numerous Academic All-American awards; team league championships in women's cross-country, soccer, softball and tennis, and men's basketball, wrestling, and cross country; and national champions in track and field and women’s tennis.

Students Say

Students at UChicago are an “engaged” lot, “attracted to living and learning among really smart, interesting people.” Students find it difficult to describe a typical student except as someone “you wouldn’t expect. Football players are computer programmers, sorority girls are poets, [and] nerds are hip-hop dance prodigies.” “It runs the gamut from complete nerd to complete jock. It even includes people who are both!” What students do “have in common is a genuine interest in ideas and a profound investment in the life of the mind.” They take pride in “a commitment to a certain kind of excellence here, one that values intellectualism both inside and outside the classroom, [and one] that places a premium on the ability to think critically, and integrate and apply these skills in ways not traditionally used.” One student advises that UChicago is “an incredibly intense place, academically speaking, and students should be prepared to live what they learn because studies surround every aspect of campus life here. This doesn’t mean that people are constantly in the library, though. It means that people bring with them wherever they go a certain spirit of adventurous inquiry that makes every conversation an interesting one.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



47% female
53% male
83% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


From The School

UChicago is located in Hyde Park: a vibrant, yet relaxed, residential neighborhood in Chicago, seven miles south of the Loop-the main business center of the city. More than 60% of the faculty and their families call Hyde Park home. The neighborhood is filled with restaurants, cafes, shops, and a new movie theater. The University's 215-acre campus is distinguished by its Collegiate Gothic architecture and its designation as a botanic garden. With its stimulating diversity Hyde Park boasts a thriving cultural scene ranging from the Checkerboard Blues Lounge and the Museum of Science and Industry to The Point, a park on a promontory extending into Lake Michigan and a site for sunbathing and barbeques. Hyde Park is home to a community whose common bond is a shared passion for the type of invigorating discussion bred by such close proximity to UChicago's many educational resources.

Students Say

The “College Houses” are a very important aspect of student life and gets rave reviews for being a “supportive, fun, community environment” with a “family atmosphere.” “Your house becomes your family and the center of your social life on campus. You go to parties with your house, your best friends come from the house, and you will likely move off campus with members of your house. The house system is truly one of the great aspects of the University of Chicago.” Although the “harsh Chicago winter” may not appeal to everyone, the city of Chicago clearly does. “Chicago offers anything that you want,” from “the great nightlife,” to “concerts, restaurants, movies, [and] plays,” to “operas at the Lyric.” “The most difficult part of finding fun is deciding which of your many options you want to pursue that day!” Staying on school grounds is also a popular option. “There’s a healthy party scene on campus during the weekends, with frats and apartments throwing events.” There are other happenings, “like cultural shows, food festivals, and movie screenings that you can enjoy on a day-to-day basis.” The library is a popular place “when it comes to crunch-time studying.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

8% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Maroons)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Maroons)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Illinois at Chicago
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Illinois Institute of Technology


As one of the country’s preeminent research universities, the University of Chicago demonstrates a commitment to being an equally green national leader, as exhibited by the creation of a Strategic Sustainability Plan, outlining quantifiable goals and tracking metrics, including a commitment to reduce green house gas emissions by 20 percent (from 2009 levels) by 2025. Through a single-stream recycling system, the University of Chicago diverts nearly 47 percent of waste produced on campus. The University strives to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use by encouraging alternative transportation across campus via a free bike share program and free or reduced cost public transportation. In the dining halls 37 percent of the University’s food budget goes toward local and organic sourcing. Facility standards include a minimum LEED Silver certification. Completed LEED buildings at the University include: one Platinum, six Gold and two Silver ; with an additional four projects currently underway. Sustainable Actions for a Greener Environment – S.A.G.E. – is the University of Chicago’s green leadership program. Held quarterly, dedicated members of the University community attend a training session where they learn how to raise awareness about campus environmental initiatives, contribute to the sustainability efforts of the University, and inspire their peers to integrate sustainable action into their daily life. The program is unique in that the hundred’s of trained SAGE Ambassadors come from among the ranks of University faculty, students, and staff, facilitating the opportunity for innovative green leadership and collaboration across all levels of the University.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Office of College Admissions
1101 E. 58th St
Chicago, IL 60637



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Gerald Ratner Athletics Center
Joseph Regenstein Library
Robie House
Court Theatre
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Food on Campus UChicago boasts over a dozen on-campus coffee shops and three residential dining halls, as well as a host of delis and snack shops. Of note, Bartlett Dining Commons, once an athletic field house, is a large dining hall that offers excellent buffet options and a kosher deli and Hallowed Grounds, a student-run lounge that offers international food from neighborhood restaurants, two pool tables, and popular open-mic nights. Books on Campus Seminary Co-op Bookstore (57th Street and Woodlawn) One of the best academic bookstores in the world, the Co-Op also has a veritable maze of fiction, poetry, drama, and everything in-between. It also carries the textbooks for most social sciences and humanities courses. University of Chicago Bookstore (Barnes and Noble) (58th Street and Ellis Ave) University t-shirts, pennants, and math and science textbooks. Also contains a Starbucks. O’Gara and Wilson, Chicago’s ‘oldest’ bookstore, specializing in rare and used books, is located on 57th Street, near campus and a variety of other opportunities, including other bookstores and restaurants. Arts and Music on campus Professional companies and artists in residence include Court Theatre, one of the top reparatory theater companies in the city; the critically acclaimed (and Grammy award winning) Pacifica Quartet; the Newberry Consort, famed for their performances of medieval and Renaissance music on period instruments; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; and the modern ensemble ‘eighth blackbird.’ The University of Chicago Presents series brings musicians from all over the world to Mandel Hall in the Reynolds Club (the main student center.) Also, we've just opened our brand new, 184,000 square foot, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Facilities include a performance hall, exhibition space, two theaters, a screening room, performance penthouse, classrooms, studios, rehearsal rooms, performance labs, a digital media center including editing suites, a cafe, and more.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Art Institute of Chicago
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Soldier Field
Museum of Science and Industry
Millenium Park
Other Chicago Museums Museum of Contemporary Art, Shedd Aquarium, Architecture Foundation, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center Chicago Nightlife/Entertainment Chicago Punk and Ska, The Empty Bottle, The Metro, Second City, The Vic Theatre, House of Blues, Chicago Centerstage, Broadway in Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago Professional Sports The Bears, The Blackhawks, The Bulls, The Cubs, The Fire, The White Sox, The Wolves Newcity's Guide to Chicago's Restaurants Web: This site has restaurant reviews and allows users to search for restaurants by neighborhood, cuisine, or price. Shopping in Chicago The Magnificent Mile, that fabled section of North Michigan Avenue, offers Bloomingdale's, Nike Town, Eddie Bauer, Lord and Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Filene's Basement, and much more. Then there are the department stores on Chicago's historic State Street—Marshall Field's (Macy's), at the corner of State and Randolph; and Carson Pirie Scott and Company and Sears, both at the corner of State and Madison. Old Navy and Forever 21 also have large stores on State Street and are good picks for the student budget.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Daily when open

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

A prospective student questionnaire is available on respective varsity team websites.

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
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Driving Instructions to Campus
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