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During this time of crisis, stay safe and healthy. At UChicago, we are here to help you (virtually, via e-mail, or telephonically). Once the world returns to normal, we will offer expanded on-campus programming to make up for these lost weeks and to provide additional access to our campus for all students and families. We are all in this together!

  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
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Chicago, IL 60637
About University of Chicago...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
From University of Chicago

A private university chartered in 1890 by John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago has been shaping higher education and the intellectual lives of undergraduates for more than a century. Boasting a 217-acre campus on the shores of Lake Michigan, UChicago has been home to 92 Nobel laureates, the largest number affiliated with any American university. UChicago scholars were the first to split the atom, to measure the speed of light, and to develop the field of sociology. The College is the largest academic unit of the university, which encompasses 11 graduate divisions and professional schools, including on-campus law, business, molecular engineering, and medical schools.

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University of Chicago Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 4
Acceptance Rate
7%
SAT Range
1500-1570
ACT Range
33-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$34,719/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$43,836/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
57%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
5:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.68 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.82 responses
28%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.80 responses

Majors

Molecular Engineering at UChicago

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) educates the next generation of leaders in the fast-growing field of molecular engineering by integrating science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up. Through interdisciplinary research themes, our engineering students apply molecular-level science to the design of advanced devices, processes, and technologies.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,600Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
32
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Everyone has something interesting about them
    64%
  • Unabashedly excited about learning
    15%
  • Econ major
    8%
  • Extremely Liberal
    5%
  • Insane but in a good way
    3%
  • No one PRETENDS to care about anything
    3%
  • Stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.95 responses
Poll
62%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.110 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
  • Intellectual
    55%
  • Intellectual and fun
    16%
  • Intellectual and quirky
    13%
  • Fast-paced
    8%
  • Love-hate relationship
    8%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $68,100/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    95%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    84%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses

    University of Chicago Reviews

    1,185 reviews
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    My favorite part of UChicago is definitely its academics -- students are constantly encouraged to debate, rethink, and most importantly, listen. I was able to take a graduate student course as a first-year, and was amazed by the level of respectful and intellectual discussion that was possible! Students and professors alike are motivated, caring, and inclusive, and there's a strong sense of community everywhere you go, from the UCPD officer on the street corner to the dining hall staff. There's truly something for everyone, from Student Action to University Theater to Circus Club to Greek life. Regardless of extracurricular interests, however, there's an undeniable bond in the love of learning and open-mindedness that ties everyone in UChicago together.
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    The College is a great place to expand your knowledge, however it is a bit polarizing. Depending on your major and your engagement with the Housing system you may find that you're lonely or surrounded by pirhanas for classmates. However, I have not found the college this way. I've loved every *very hard* moment there and I strongly wish I was there right now and not noticing a terrifying spider on my wall. Thanks Corona.

    - Final Note: Financial Aid is very generous, everyone whose families earn under 125K/year get full tuition and below 90k gives you a host of benefits and half your room/board covered. So don't be scared off by the price!
    UChicago is a very unique and rigorous place. It is for people who love learning for the sake of learning and think of everything theoretically. Therefore, it has this very unique, cerebral culture, and that means student life looks different here. The best thing about this place is that everyone is passionate about something, usually many things, and that shows in the many different student groups that exist. Professors are usually also full of passion for their subject. Also, with UChicago being internationally known, it draws students, professors, and guests from around the country and world, meaning your opportunities to meet people and to be at the forefront of many conversations are almost unparalleled. However, you have to deal with an obscenely high price tag and an administration that is uncommunicative, uncaring, and makes life very difficult for students. In my opinion, going to UChicago was incredibly valuable, but it came with many frustrations.