University of Chicago
1116 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Office of College Admissions:
(773) 702-8650
FAX: (773) 702-4199


1,966 men/1,724 women
Graduate School:

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Between 1290-1430
(middle 50 percent)

Average ACT score:
Between 27-31
(middle 50 percent)

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Sixty-nine Nobel Prize winners have studied, conducted research, or taught at the University of Chicago-more than have been associated with any other college or university in the nation. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 4:1 and the fact that 83 percent of classes have fewer than 25 students, Chicago is a community of learning in which undergraduates have considerable access to leading scholars, researchers, thinkers, and teachers.

Chicago's reputation for holding students to high standards gives graduates of the University an edge in employment and graduate school searches; in its century of existence, Chicago has come to be known as one of the most prestigious institutions in the world.

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University of Chicago
1116 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

University of Chicago
The University of Chicago campus is modeled on those of England's Oxford and Cambridge universities.

College Description
Chartered in 1890, the University of Chicago is a private institution with a reputation for academic excellence. Its 3,700 undergraduates value the small classes and spirited discussions in which they practice an ethic of open inquiry and intellectual precision. Located in Hyde Park, a residential community on the shores of Lake Michigan and just seven miles from downtown Chicago, the University offers both the intimacy of a small neighborhood and access to all the resources of a great city. Itself a botanic garden and a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture, the campus has all the attributes of a powerful seat of learning. Students benefit from access to world-renowned faculty members, abundant opportunities for research, and an atmosphere supportive of independent projects. Chicago's commitment to fundamentals and to a faculty known the world over for breaking new intellectual ground gives students a solid foundation and an inspiring example for academic pursuits.

Academic Life
Chicago's strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum emphasizes a foundation of shared knowledge, interdisciplinary thinking, and opportunities for undergraduate research. Including work in the humanities, civilizations, mathematics, art, the natural sciences, and social sciences, the curriculum consists of general requirements, a concentration program (major field of study), and electives. Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees are awarded in more than 40 fields. Undergraduates may take graduate-level courses, and joint B.A./M.A. or B.S./M.S. programs are offered in a number of disciplines. Students interested in study abroad may choose from more than 30 programs in 16 countries. Among Chicago's domestic off-campus study opportunities are the Chicago Semester in the Arts, the Newberry Library Program in the Humanities, the Urban Education Program, the Urban Studies Program, the Oak Ridge Science Semester, and the Wilderness Field Station Program. The University of Chicago operates on a three-quarter school year. Each quarter lasts approximately 10 weeks, with an optional summer quarter.

Campus Life
More than 200 student organizations are active on campus. Students are involved in community service and a broad array of academic interest, cultural awareness, sports, arts, political, and religious groups. For those interested in academic competition, the award-winning Model United Nations Team, Debate Society, and College Bowl Team offer exacting forums. Students interested in media and artistic production choose from among Chicago's three student newspapers, a campus radio station, and music, art, theater, and film organizations.

Each student is guaranteed housing for four years. Students choose from among 11 residence halls and, within these, from 30 college houses, each with a Resident Head (an advanced graduate student or faculty member), student government, and budget for social events. The halls are distinct communities and serve as focal points for campus life.

Facilities and Resources
In addition to the stately stone architecture that distinguishes Chicago's 203-acre campus, newer buildings designed by such architects as Eero Saarinen and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe contribute significantly to the environment. Campus facilities provide academic, cultural, medical, and administrative resources to students, and include the Oriental Institute Museum, the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, the Court Theatre, the University of Chicago Hospitals, the Department of Ecology and Evolution's rooftop greenhouse, and one of the most up-to-date biology teaching and medical facilities of its kind, the Biological Sciences Learning Center. Chicago's 11 residence halls range from modern dorm complexes and neo-Gothic buildings to the Shoreland, a former luxury hotel. Hardwired for Ethernet connection use, all dorms allow access to electronic mail, networked information and printers, and the Internet.

More than 70 percent of Chicago students participate in the University's extensive intramural and club sports program-one of the largest in the country. With 38 club and 22 intramural sports to choose from, students can find something for almost every interest and skill level. For students who seek intercollegiate competition, Chicago's varsity sports program offers 19 men's and women's teams participating at the NCAA Division III level. Attracting 14 percent of the student body, these teams have won league championships in women's cross-country, soccer, and softball, and men's basketball and wrestling, and have produced numerous All-American award winners.

Financial Aid
Chicago's admissions policy is need-blind. Committed to helping students from all economic backgrounds attend, the University does not allow a student's degree of financial need to influence the admission decision. Chicago meets 100 percent of whatever financial need is demonstrated by admitted students; and more than 65 percent of students admitted to the University receive gift assistance. Financial aid awards range from partial tuition to the full cost of attendance.

To apply for financial aid, students should complete Chicago's Financial Aid Application (due by November 15 for Early Action candidates and by January 1 for students applying under the Regular Notification Plan), the Financial Aid PROFILE form (due November 15 for Early Action and by February 1 for Regular Notification applicants) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (due by February 1 for both Early Action and Regular Notification applicants).

Admission Requirements
The typical student admitted to the University of Chicago, in addition to being academically promising, shows a keen sense of curiosity, a willingness to question standard assumptions, and a taste for theoretical discussion. These aspects of the successful Chicago applicant are usually reflected in the high school courses a student has taken, the grades earned, and standardized test scores, as well as by the way in which the application (including the essay) is completed. A campus visit and interview are recommended to give both student and admissions counselor a clearer picture of each other, but neither interview nor visit is required. Of a recent entering class, 76 percent of students graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes; the middle 50 percent had a combined SAT score of between 1290 and 1430 or an ACT score of between 27 and 31.

For more information or to apply for admission to the University of Chicago, please write or call the Office of College Admissions, The University of Chicago, 1116 East 59th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637, telephone 773-702-8650. Additional information can be found on Chicago's Web site at

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