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.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Campus facilities offer a broad array of academic, cultural, and other resources. The University of Chicago is first and foremost known as a major research institution-there are over 170 research centers and institutes that are on UChicago's campus or run by the University. UChicago oversees two Department of Energy labs: Fermi Lab and Argon National Lab. The University also recently became affiliated with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. The Institute of Politics (IOP) is a non-partisan initiative on campus to bringing political officials, policymakers, journalists, and others to UChicago and to provide programming, internships, and guidance for students who are interested in going into public service. The inaugural director of the IOP is David Axelrod, an alum of the College and former Senior Advisor to President Obama. The University is currently finishing construction on a lab building to house their new Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME). The IME will lead engineering research and education in new directions-their mission is to translate advances in basic physics, chemistry, biology, and computation into new tools to address important societal problems.
The University of Chicago also houses numerous other facilities and resources on its campus, including the Logan Arts Center; the Oriental Institute Museum; the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art; Court Theatre; the University of Chicago Hospitals; the Ryerson Astronomical Observatory; and the Department of Ecology and Evolution's rooftop greenhouse. The Biological Sciences Learning Center is the most up-to-date biology teaching and medical facility of its kind in the nation
A morning jog along Lake Michigan. A Saturday afternoon at the Art Institute. A night game with the Sox or Cubs. An orchestra seat at Symphony Center. Experience the cultures and cuisines of our 77 distinct neighborhoods, discover some of the world's most significant architecture, and encounter the best in music, film, and theater. Our students also enjoy free or discounted access to Chicago's arts opportunities through our Arts Pass.
Student Organizations & Activities
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.
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. Students report that “there are a lot of really cool lectures and events for undergrads on campus that enable us to take advantage of the whole university.” Students feel that “the nice thing is that everyone here is so unique; you can go from talking about a TV show to religion to career plans—really anything is fair game. And the common Core gives every student some grounds of connection.” In terms of social life, one student reports that “I like to have the option of going downtown for fun, or just staying in with friends, or going out. You really do get the best of all of these worlds and have choices, but never are you pressured into doing anything. There is always a group of people willing to do any of those things, so you never have to go through it alone!”