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. William Rainey Harper, the first president, imagined a university that would combine an American-style undergraduate liberal arts college with a German-style graduate research university. The University of Chicago quickly fulfilled Harper’s dream, becoming a national leader in academia and research.
Boasting its 211-acre campus on the shores of Lake Michigan, UChicago has been home to more than 80 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 10 graduate divisions and professional schools, including on-campus law, business, and medical schools.
- The University of Chicago’s unique Core offers a broad perspective on human knowledge. The coursework cultivates analytic and critical thinking skills that are applicable to your major program of study, your chosen career, and your life.
- The College offers a choice of more than 50 majors, minors, and other programs, including well-established fields such as anthropology and mathematics, as well as interdisciplinary programs such as biological chemistry and cinema and media studies, plus pre-professional and experiential programs. Every student is supported by our full-time academic advisors and Career Advising and Planning Services.
- Think of campus life as an endless feast for your mind. There are more than 400 registered student organizations, including experimental music, groundbreaking theater, the world’s largest scavenger hunt, and championship Division III sports teams. Campus life stays out late for Midnight Soccer and gets up early for the lakeside midwinter salute to the rising sun.
- The House System at the University of Chicago is composed of 35 undergraduate houses spread across 10 residence halls and is guaranteed for all four years. The house is the basic unit of community life; it serves as a “home base” for students, a place where they can relax, study, spend time with friends, and talk big ideas into the early hours of the morning.
Admissions and Financial Aid
- The admissions committee considers a candidate’s entire application—academic and extracurricular records, essays, letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores. We look for bright students with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a passion for learning. Tell us who you are—in your own voice—not what you think we want to hear.
- UChicago’s approach is simple: We provide aid according to need, and we define need as the difference between your educational costs and the amount you and your family can afford to pay. Your application for financial aid has no bearing on whether you will be admitted to the university. Our admissions process is completely need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and citizens of Canada.
Overall, the passion on campus is what Rodrigues loves about the UChicago community, “Not only the professors but every student has an academic passion, and many of them have real-world passions. That really inspires me. I’ve had long conversations about math, and I’m not a math person. In any discipline, I can have that long, deep conversation—and others [can have that conversation] with me about issues that I know well. I think that really makes us different from other schools.”
“The professors have their own passions, and they want to share what they know with you,” says Rodrigues. “That’s what makes them good teachers.”