University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Get to know University of Chicago

School Profile

Urban campus setting

7,000 undergraduate students

10,000 graduate students

1,729 first-year students


5% applicants admitted

SAT Middle 50%: 1510-1560

ACT Middle 50%: 33-35

ACT Score Range (admitted students): 20-36

SAT Score Range (admitted students): 1020-1600


100+ majors, minors, and areas of specialized study

Student-to-faculty ratio 5:1

85% of classes have fewer than 25 students

Introduction to University of Chicago

The University of Chicago, located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, offers over 100 majors, minors, and areas of specialized study that complement its Core curriculum, an integrated and interdisciplinary sequence of courses based in small discussions. UChicago also offers specialized programming such as “Big Problems,” a unique opportunity to tackle matters of global or universal concerns that span across multiple disciplines and interest groups, and the “Careers In...” programs, a series of pre-professional industry programs that provide students with advising, research, and internships in areas such as business, law, STEM, arts, and health professions.

Through a partnership with the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel, UChicago has expanded its programs in marine biology, clean water initiatives, and undergraduate research opportunities. UChicago is also one of only two universities that manages two national Department of Energy Laboratories—the Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab

The House system is the center of residential and student life at UChicago.  Each House consists of communities of students who eat together, study and explore Chicago together, and share in their unique House traditions. In addition to the House community, students can fully immerse themselves in over 400 student groups and organizations. Beyond campus, students receive a UChicago Arts Pass and public transit pass, which both allow exploration of Chicago through free admission or reduced ticket prices to museums, cultural venues, and other centers around the city. 

Fun Fact: Since 1987, the University of Chicago has hosted one of the largest scavenger hunts in the world. Spanning four days, Scav is an intense blend of excitement and chaos that has taken students to Canada, Tennessee, and Kansas.

The College offers over 60 quarter- and year-long study abroad programs in 31 cities in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

There are more than 90 Nobel Laureates associated with the University—about 10% of all the Nobel prizes that have ever been awarded. 

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