University of Chicago


As a private research university, the University of Chicago enjoys an global reputation for strong devotion to advanced academic scholarship and intellectualism. The University enrolls approximately 5,000 students in the College and about 15,000 students overall.

Founded in 1890, the university is located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Besides, it also maintains facilities in Singapore, London, and the downtown Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. In fall 2010, a new center was established in Beijing.

University of Chicago offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs and it also provides combined-degree programs. The average freshman retention rate of the university is 98% and 4-year and 6-year graduation rate remain high.

The mission of University of Chicago is:

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC) at the University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to promoting engaged scholarship and debate around the topics of race and ethnicity. We are especially interested in how these ideas and their structural manifestations impact and shape people’s daily lives.


The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


University of Chicago comprises twelve divisions and colleges, ranging from biological sciences division, Chicago Booth school of business to social sciences division.

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Social Sciences
  2. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  3. Mathematics and Statistics
  4. English Language and Literature/Letters
  5. History

According to the U.S. News and World Reportin 2012, it is the 5th in national universities.

With 77.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, the university has a rate of 100% in full-time faculty with Ph.D or terminal degree.


Applicants for the university are required to have taken either SAT or ACT tests, and ACT with or without writing test is accepted. Moreover, High school diploma is necessary and GED is accepted. Among academic factors considered class rank is important while standardized test scores is only a considered factor and within nonacademic factors considered factors character/personal qualities and talent/ability are attached great importance to. Unlike most universities, University of Chicago recommends admission interview.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 42,783. Students spend USD 1,251 for books on average.

With the average need-based scholarship or grant award of $34,650, 48.1 percent of full-time undergraduates in the university receive some kind of need-based financial aid. It also provides many kinds of need-based scholarships from state, individuals and the university, at the same time students can choose to apply for loans.

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