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University of Chicago Overview

Located in Chicago, Illinois, University of Chicago is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Chicago makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is University of Chicago Known For?

2,024 Undergraduate Awards
$56,722 Avg Cost After Aid
9% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at UChicago since the student to facuty ratio is 5 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at UChicago is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at UChicago is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 83% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UChicago makes roughly $68,100 a year. This is 67% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from UChicago to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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University of Chicago Rankings

UChicago landed the #23 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! It is also ranked #2 out of 98 schools in Illinois.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UChicago has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#10 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#273 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UChicago.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Legal Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Mathematics & Statistics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UChicago has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies College Factual
#3 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#3 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual

Where Is University of Chicago?

Location of University of Chicago

Contact details for UChicago are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-1234
Website: WWW.UCHICAGO.EDU
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uchicago
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UChicago

How Do I Get Into UChicago?

You can apply to UChicago online at: https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for UChicago

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UChicago?

9% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
47% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UChicago is 9%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 9%, and the acceptance rate for women is 8%.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to UChicago submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 730 and 780. Math scores were between 750 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Chicago  ( 730 to 780 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Chicago  ( 750 to 800 )
200
800
UChicago received ACT scores from 67% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 33 and 35. Math scores were between 31 and 35. Composite scores were between 32 and 35.

ACT English Scores for University of Chicago  ( 33 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of Chicago  ( 31 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Chicago  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Chicago?

$56,722 Net Price
10% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UChicago is $56,722. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UChicago, approximately 10% of students took out student loans averaging $8,140 a year. That adds up to $32,560 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UChicago is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Chicago Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,847 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,891 undergraduate students at UChicago, with 6,847 being full-time and 44 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UChicago

There are also 10,561 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,847 full-time undergraduates at UChicago, 51% are male and 49% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UChicago

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Chicago students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UChicago Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,281
Black or African American 380
Hispanic or Latino 972
White 2,545
International Students 1,039
Other Races/Ethnicities 630

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at University of Chicago. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 117 countries are represented at UChicago. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Chicago

0 Took All Classes Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years

This is the #2,028 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UChicago regardless of major.

University of Chicago Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 0 1,225 0 1,225
Public Policy 141 39 308 1 489
Economics 404 1 30 26 461
Computer Science 96 0 156 4 256
General Social Sciences 0 0 244 8 252
Social Work 0 0 224 6 230
Statistics 74 0 139 12 225
Mathematics 185 0 15 12 212
Law 0 0 0 201 201
Liberal Arts General Studies 20 0 132 0 152
Political Science & Government 113 7 0 16 136
General Biology 127 0 0 2 129
International Relations & National Security 17 60 46 0 123
Chemistry 60 0 17 37 114
History 73 0 9 22 104
Physics 55 0 26 22 103
Philosophy 82 0 6 11 99
Child Development & Psychology 71 0 13 9 93
Legal Research 0 0 84 4 88
General English Literature 70 0 1 15 86
Theological & Ministerial Studies 4 0 59 21 84
Medicine 0 0 0 82 82
Applied Mathematics 0 0 81 0 81
Finance & Financial Management 0 59 0 0 59
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 40 0 6 13 59
Public Health 0 36 16 1 53
Area Studies 17 0 31 0 48
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 35 0 1 9 45
Sociology 30 0 8 6 44
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 8 35 0 43
Anthropology 26 0 4 11 41
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 27 0 4 9 40
Chemical Engineering 28 0 3 5 36
Natural Resources Conservation 23 0 13 0 36
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 13 0 11 9 33
General Physical Sciences 0 0 33 0 33
General Business/Commerce 0 0 14 17 31
Computer Information Systems 0 0 30 0 30
Computer Programming 0 0 28 0 28
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 13 14 27
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 14 11 25
Writing Studies 24 0 0 0 24
Other Visual Art 24 0 0 0 24
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 23 0 23
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16 0 0 7 23
Fine & Studio Arts 15 0 3 5 23
East Asian Languages 14 0 3 5 22
Computer Systems Analysis 0 21 0 0 21
Romance Languages 18 0 1 1 20
Geological & Earth Sciences 8 0 5 6 19
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 19 0 19
Music 6 0 1 12 19
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 6 10 16
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 16 0 0 16
Classical Languages & Literature 7 0 2 6 15
Biotechnology 0 13 0 0 13
Genetics 0 0 6 7 13
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 12 0 0 1 13
Astronomy & Astrophysics 9 0 1 3 13
Ethnic Studies 9 3 0 0 12
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 1 10 11
Germanic Languages 4 0 1 6 11
South Asian Languages 7 0 1 2 10
Natural Resource Management 0 10 0 0 10
Public Relations & Advertising 0 9 0 0 9
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 3 5 8
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 8 0 8
Drama & Theater Arts 8 0 0 0 8
Marketing 0 6 0 0 6
Geography & Cartography 6 0 0 0 6
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 1 2 3
Other Social Sciences 3 0 0 0 3
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 2 0 2
Medieval Studies 2 0 0 0 2
International Business 0 0 1 0 1
General Education 0 0 0 1 1
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 1 1
Religious Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Molecular Medicine 0 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,024 288 3,167 706 6,185

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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