University of Chicago
1101 E. 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637-5416
Chicago, IL 60637-5416
(773) 702-8650
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

The University of Chicago was founded in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society and oil industrialist John D. Rockefeller. Today, the university has an undergraduate enrollment of more than 5,100 and a graduate and professional enrollment of nearly 10,500. Over the years, the University of Chicago has been recognized again and again for the quality of its faculty and students. In fact, 85 of the university’s faculty, students, and researchers have been honored with the Nobel Prize. The university’s scholars have also been honored with the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy award, the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, and other accolades. The University of Chicago is especially noted for its six graduate professional schools in business, law, medicine, public policy, divinity, and social service administration.

Programs Offered

Being a comprehensive private research university, the University of Chicago offers a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education programs. The undergraduate college offers 50 majors and 29 minors. Majors are diverse and include art history, biological chemistry, comparative race and ethnic studies, Germanic studies, mathematics, psychology, statistics, visual arts and more. Graduate programs are available through divisions in biological sciences, humanities, physical sciences, and social sciences. These are further broken down into areas of study. For instance, in the biological sciences division, graduate students can pursue studies in cancer biology, immunology, evolutionary biology, human genetics, neurobiology, and more.


The University of Chicago has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission since 1913. The university also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs through the following accreditors: American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools; and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.


Admission into the University of Chicago is selective. Prospective students can choose to apply early action or regular notification. First-year students fill out the Common Application and the University of Chicago supplement, which includes a long essay in which the applicant chooses from one of five essay options, a short essay explaining why the applicant wants to attend the university, and an optional essay on the applicant’s favorite art or media. Applicants also submit a $75 application fee or waiver, their high school report with official transcript, two teacher recommendations, an SAT or ACT Reasoning score, and midyear report. Supplemental materials may also be accepted for those applying to certain fine arts programs, such as music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and film.

Graduate admissions requirements vary by program, so prospective students will need to check the specific requirements of their individual department before applying. In general, applicants will need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, an acceptable undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of purpose. Some graduate programs will require the submission of standardized test scores, such as the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, or LSAT, and some may require a resume.


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