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University of Chicago is a private institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,590, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 215 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of Chicago's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 5. Its tuition and fees are $46,386 (2013-14).
The University of Chicago, situated in Chicago’s Hyde Park community, offers a rich campus life in a big-city setting. The Chicago Maroons have more than 15 NCAA Division III teams, which compete in the University Athletic Association, and have strong basketball and wrestling programs. At Chicago, freshmen are required to live on campus, and more than 50 percent of students choose to remain on campus, while others live in off-campus apartments and houses. On-campus students are placed in "houses" within their dorm, which serve as tight-knit communities and provide academic and social support. Chicago offers more than 400 student organizations.
The University of Chicago is comprised of the College and a number of graduate and professional schools. Its postgraduate offerings include the highly ranked Booth School of Business, Law School, Pritzker School of Medicine, Harris School of Public Policy Studies and Department of Geophysical Sciences, as well as a top-ranked graduate program in economics and a well-regarded Divinity School. Since 1987, the school has hosted the four-day long "University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt," now a venerable university tradition. Famous alumni include former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics recipient Milton Friedman, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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The University of Chicago is universally recognized for its devotion to open and rigorous inquiry. The strength of our intellectual traditions, intense critical analysis, and free and lively debate draws from our engaged scholars who continually seek creative solutions to complex problems. Our College graduates have made discoveries in every field of academic study; they are ambitious thinkers who are unafraid to take on the most pressing questions of our time. Their accomplishments have helped establish the University's legacy as one of the world's finest academic institutions. The University of Chicago has been home to over 85 Nobel Prize winners, over 200 Guggenheim fellows, 30 MacArthur "genius" grant winners, and 20 Pulitzer Prizewinners. And UChicago is renowned for the unparalleled resources it provides its undergraduate students: over 140 research centers and institutes; numerous world-class theaters, museums, and art centers; and three of the nation's top professional schools in law, business, and medicine all within just a few blocks.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to University of Chicago, it's important to note the application deadline is January 2, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 26. The application fee at University of Chicago is $75. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 13.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||13.2%|
|Application deadline||January 2|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 26|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Chicago is 6:1, and the school has 77.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Chicago include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Physical Sciences; and Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 98.5 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||86%|
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University of Chicago has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,590, with a gender distribution of 52.8 percent male students and 47.2 percent female students. At this school, 55 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 45 percent of students live off campus. University of Chicago is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
University of Chicago offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. University of Chicago also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Chicago, 12 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Chicago.
|Students who have cars on campus||12%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At University of Chicago, 44.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $37,593.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$46,386 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$13,653 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data