A private university chartered in 1890, the University of Chicago has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence.
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.
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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