University of Chicago campus
University of Chicago campus
University of Chicago campus
University of Chicago campus
University of Chicago campus

Overview

Applicants
30,069
Acceptance Rate
8%
Average HS GPA
4.29

GPA Breakdown

84%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
3%
3.25 - 3.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
720 - 800
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
720 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
700 - 780
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
32 - 35

Deadlines


Early Action
November 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
5:1
Total Faculty
1,750
with Terminal Degree
1,563

1,204
Men
546
Women
341
Minority
157
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • South Asian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • German Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General

  • History

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other


Students Say

Described as “an academic paradise near an awesome city,” the University of Chicago is a research institution dedicated to “cultivating a rigorous mentality that enables students to think through and solve any problem they might confront.” Students say, UChicago “is a rigorous institution,” but 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,” and note that the professors “are really good at asking students ‘Why?’ instead of the usual ‘What?’” 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.” Students say of the faculty that “there’s really nothing that compares to working with people on the cutting edge of research and discussing books with their authors,” and that they are “very focused on inspiring conversation between students.” 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.

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


David Broder
Pulitzer Prizing winning journalist

Edwin Hubble
Astronomer

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$48,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$102,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$52,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$108,800

Percent High Job Meaning
56%

Percent STEM
22%


Students Say

Without a doubt, a University of Chicago education means that students will “enter a competitive job market prepared.” This sentiment is supported by the fact that 95 percent of students have jobs or post-grad plans soon after leaving school. In fact, the average starting salary (according to PayScale.com) for recent UChicago grads is $48,800. The school’s Career Advancement office maintains some unique programs to help ensure this success. For example, students can participate in the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, which provides hundreds of paid internships each year throughout the country and abroad or the Alumni Board of Governors Externship Program where they can shadow an accomplished professional. And the College New Venture Challenge provides undergraduates with the tools to start their own enterprises.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
School

Bottom Line

Yearly tuition to University of Chicago is a little more than $49,026, plus an additional $1,167 in mandatory fees. For campus residents, room and board is about $14,772 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.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$46,854

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,467

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,472

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
34%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,291

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$51,043

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,026
Required Fees
$1,167
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,968
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,772
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,844
Foreign Countries Represented
70

Demographics

17.44%
Asian
5.04%
African-American
8.52%
Hispanic
44.41%
Caucasian
9.93%
Unknown
10.86%
International

47% female
53% male
85% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

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, nerds are hip-hop dance prodigies,” and “the lead role in the play is going into investment banking.” “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.” While “students almost always looked stressed...they also look like they are loving their stress.” Students “fit in by finding other like-minded individuals—either through the house system (the easiest method), by joining clubs, or through classes.” Continuing the theme of having dedicated and intelligent students, one notes that “everyone here is so intelligent that sometimes people think they’re unintelligent for being surrounded by so many smart people. Everyone is dedicated to something and most everyone has been through significant struggles of some kind.” “A typical student loves to learn, does a lot of homework, enjoys their time here, but also loves to complain about it, is probably not religious, has probably considered majoring in econ at one point,” driving home the point that economics is, in fact, popular.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
52%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other

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. 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!”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
450
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
31

8% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Maroons)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Maroons)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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

Sustainability

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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
37%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
4

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
http://solutioncenter.uchicago.edu

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

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

Phone
773-702-8650

Email
collegeadmissions@uchicago.edu

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 two residential dining halls, which will soon been increasing to three, 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 (58th 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 almost all of the courses at the university. 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. Powell's Books, 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.)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Art Institute of Chicago
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Soldier Field
Museum of Science and Industry
Millenium Park
Newcity's Guide to Chicago's Restaurants Web: www.newcitychicago.com This site has restaurant reviews and allows users to search for restaurants by neighborhood, cuisine, or price. 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. University of student Chicago students also receive free entry to the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago Nightlife/Entertainment The Empty Bottle, The Metro, Second City, The Vic Theatre, House of Blues, Chicago Centerstage, Broadway in Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater. University of Chicago students also receive discounted tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Chicago Professional Sports The Bears, The Blackhawks, The Bulls, The Cubs, The Fire, The White Sox, The Wolves Shopping in Chicago The Magnificent Mile, that fabled section of North Michigan Avenue, offers Bloomingdale's, Nike Town, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and much more. Then there are the department stores on Chicago's historic State Street—most notably the former Marshall Field's (now Macy's), at the corner of State and Randolph. Old Navy and Forever 21 also have large stores on State Street and are good picks for the student budget. The areas of Lincoln Park and Wicker Park in Chicago's north side provide a slightly different shopping experience popular with students with an array of boutique designers and thrift stores.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:30am-5pm
773-702-8650

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Daily when open

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

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

Contact Email Address for Visit
athletics.uchicago.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Please contact us for details

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Please check our website for complete details.

Driving Instructions to Campus
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Local Accommodations
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