University Of Chicago

University Of Chicago

University of Chicago was established in 1891 as a private coeducational university. It was initially conceived as a combination of the German research university and the American liberal arts college. Regarded as one of the foremost universities in the world, University of Chicago boasts of an affiliation with 82 Nobel Prize laureates. There are more than 4,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 postgraduate students enrolled at this university. The campus is urban and is built on 211 acres of land.

The main campus of the University of Chicago is the Hyde Park campus. It also has a number of satellite campuses. The university's Graduate School of Business has campuses in London, Singapore, and downtown Chicago while various undergraduate and graduate study programs are conducted at the Paris Center, on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris.

  • College of Arts, Media & Design
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Professional Studies
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Mathematics and Science
  • Jackson College Of Graduate Studies
  • School of Music

The athletics teams of University of Chicago are nicknamed the Maroons. The mascot is named Phoenix. The team colors are maroon and white. Among the prominent athletic teams at the university are the football, swimming, and track teams.

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Chicago , IL 60637
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University of Chicago Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,432African studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, Russian studies, minority and gender studies, linguistics, comparative literature, East Asian language and literature, Slavic languages, ...
Business and Management1,357business, business management, international business
Family and Social Work379public policy analysis, social work, social service professions
Science371biology, biophysics, molecular biochemistry, developmental biology and embryology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, molecular genetics, human genetics, ...
Law267law, advanced legal research, legal research
Mathematics179mathematics, applied mathematics courses, statistics
Religion and Philosophy144philosophy, Jewish studies, theology, ministry
Therapy and Counseling108psychology, counseling psychology
Medicine105neuroscience, medicine, public health courses
Computer Science and Engineering54computer science
Fine Arts37art history and criticism
Photography and Commercial Art22film studies
Design9design and visual communication
Education and Teaching9education
Conservation and Resource Management8environmental studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1nutrition sciences
Drama and Performing Arts1various performing arts

Number of programs and degrees for University of Chicago in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,18546
Master's degree2,59953
Doctor's degree39552
First-professional degree3233

University of Chicago Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Chicago had a total enrollment of 14,538 students (12,026 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 51%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 30%
Graduate 63%
First Professional 7%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 46%
Black 5%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 11%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 18%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 16%
20-21 16%
22-24 14%
25-29 28%
30-34 15%
35-39 6%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)11%
New York9%
New Jersey3%
North Carolina1%
Washington, DC1%

University of Chicago Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 98 %

University of Chicago Room and Board (2007)

University of Chicago offers campus housing for 2,686 of its 12,026 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Chicago, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

University of Chicago Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal660770
SAT Math650760
ACT Verbal2935
ACT Math2834
ACT Composite2833

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT79%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT50%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University of Chicago Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 38,492
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 38,492
Room and board $ 11,697
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 2,021

Financial Aid:
University of Chicago participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 177400)

University of Chicago Faculty

University of Chicago has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track255135
Non-tenured and not on tenure track655391

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year53$170,4629$184,489
Associate professorcalendar year28$116,12713$114,907
Assistant professorcalendar year19$93,5935$99,732
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
Lecturercalendar year10$63,8317$85,446
All faculty totalcalendar year111$132,90734$125,029

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year339$189,87468$162,886
Associate professoracademic year93$116,36548$98,605
Assistant professoracademic year129$106,06774$89,614
Instructoracademic year42$58,85421$53,176
Lectureracademic year48$62,82467$53,811
All faculty totalacademic year651$144,945278$97,708

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of Chicago Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football University Athletic Association
Basketball University Athletic Association
Baseball University Athletic Association
Track University Athletic Association

University of Chicago Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African Studies
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages, Lit & Linguistics
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, Other
Comparative Literature
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, General
History, Other
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Middle/Near Eastern/Semitic Languages, Lit & Linguistics, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Russian Studies
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General

Applied Mathematics, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Medicine (MD)
Public Health, Other

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Nutrition Sciences

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Developmental Biology and Embryology
Evolutionary Biology
Genetics, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Human/Medical Genetics
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biochemistry
Molecular Genetics
Molecular Physiology
Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
Oncology and Cancer Biology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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