University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois


#6 National Colleges

6.17% Admission Rate
Most Selective

6,801 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, highly residential

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The University of Chicago (UChicago) is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1890, its main campus is located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. In Fall 2021, it enrolled 18,452 students, including 7,559 undergraduates and 10,893 graduate students.

The university is composed of an undergraduate college and five graduate research divisions, which contain all of the university's graduate programs and interdisciplinary committees. Chicago has eight professional schools: the Law School, the Booth School of Business, the Pritzker School of Medicine, the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, the Harris School of Public Policy, the Divinity School, the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering. The university has additional campuses and centers in London, Paris, Beijing, Delhi, and Hong Kong, as well as in downtown Chicago.

The University of Chicago is ranked among the best universities in the world and it is among the most selective in the United States. Its scholars have played a major role in the development of many academic disciplines, including economics, law, literary criticism, mathematics, physics, religion, sociology, and political science, establishing the Chicago schools in various fields. Chicago's Metallurgical Laboratory produced the world's first man-made, self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Chicago Pile-1 beneath the viewing stands of the university's Stagg Field. Advances in chemistry led to the "radiocarbon revolution" in the carbon-14 dating of ancient life and objects. The university research efforts include administration of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, as well as the Marine Biological Laboratory. The university is also home to the University of Chicago Press, the largest university press in the United States.

The University of Chicago's students, faculty, and staff include 101 Nobel laureates, among the highest of any university in the world. The university's faculty members and alumni also include 10 Fields Medalists, 4 Turing Award winners, 52 MacArthur Fellows, 26 Marshall Scholars, 27 Pulitzer Prize winners, 20 National Humanities Medalists, 29 living billionaire graduates, and eight Olympic medalists.

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Chicago, Illinois

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City: Large (population of 250,000 or more)

Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 32.2%
Mathematics And Statistics 11.3%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 9.0%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 7.7%
Physical Sciences 6.8%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 5.4%
Psychology 4.7%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 4.1%
English Language And Literature/Letters 4.1%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 3.9%
History 3.4%
Visual And Performing Arts 2.8%
Engineering 1.5%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 1.3%
Natural Resources And Conservation 1.2%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.4%
Theology And Religious Vocations 0.2%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0.1%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1528 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 800 785 770
Verbal 770 750 730

ACT Scores

34 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 35 33 31
English 36 36 35