Academic Ranking of World Universities

University of Chicago
English Name: University of Chicago
Region: Northern America
Country/Region: USA
Found Year: 1891
Address: 5801 S. Ellis Avenue

The University of Chicago is a private institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of over 6,000, and its 217 acre campus is located within the major city of Chicago. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar, which runs from late September until early June.

The University of Chicago, situated in Chicago’s Hyde Park community, offers a rich campus life in a big-city setting. The UChicago Maroons have 19 NCAA Division III teams, the majority of which compete in the University Athletic Association, which is comprised of other major research institutions within major cities. At UChicago, first-years are required to live on campus, and 50 percent of the overall student body lives on campus, while others live in off-campus apartments. First year students are placed in "houses" within their residence hall, which serve as tight-knit communities and provide academic and social support. Even when students move off-campus they often choose to remain in Hyde Park and frequently engage in house activities as house associates. UChicago offers more than 350 student organizations and about 10 percent of students join a small but active Greek life community. Since 1987, the school has hosted the four-day "University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt," now a venerable university tradition.


The University of Chicago comprises the College and a number of graduate and professional schools located on the same Hyde Park campus. Its postgraduate offerings include the highly ranked Booth School of BusinessLaw SchoolPritzker School of MedicineHarris School of Public Policy Studies, and Department of Geophysical Sciences, as well as a top-ranked graduate program in economics and a celebrated Divinity School. Famous alumni include former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman, former Senior Advisor to President Obama David Axelrod, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.


The University of Chicago is universally recognized for its devotion to open and rigorous inquiry. UChicago prides itself on the strength of its intellectual traditions, including a dedication to intense critical analysis and lively debate, all of which result in creative solutions to complex problems. The University of Chicago has been home to 89 Nobel Prize winners, over 200 Guggenheim fellows, 50 Macarthur "genius" fellows, and 24 Pulitzer Prize-winners.


Academics and Career Services:

The University is known to encourage ‘free thinking and open inquiry’. Students and professors are encouraged to engage in substantive debates and conversations, which promotes a culture of intellectual discourse. The College offers a choice of 51 areas of programmatic study in well-defined fields such as anthropology and mathematics, to interdisciplinary programs, like biological chemistry and comparative literature, as well as pre-professional courses of study, with every choice supported by the Office of Career Advancement

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UChicago maintains a student-faculty ratio of 5:1, ensuring that every classroom experience exemplifies the commitment to a student's ability to interact closely with our faculty. The famous Core curriculum provides students with a common vocabulary and a well-balanced academic experience, while allowing them the flexibility to explore their own particular interests within small discussion-style seminars. Students also enjoy forty student theatrical productions a year, a rich music scene, celebrations of different cultures and communities, and the extraordinary opportunities in politics, music, theater, commerce, architecture, and neighborhood life in the city of Chicago. The University’s Financial Aid program is extraordinary thanks to the new No Barriers program. No Barriers is a comprehensive plan created to increase access to college, support students as they receive an empowering education, and prepare them for lifelong professional success. Families who apply for financial aid do not have to pay a college application fee to UChicago. UChicago’s need-based financial aid involves no loans and is awarded as grants, which do not need to be repaid.



Study Abroad:

UChicago Study Abroad encourages students to expand their education through diverse intellectual perspectives, active participation in a new culture, and first-hand engagement with local and global challenges. UChicago's distinctive range of faculty-led programming blends the spirit of intellectual curiosity that is central to the College curriculum with the University's wide-reaching international mission.

Through quarter-long, academic year and summer programs, UChicago students gain cultural fluency and hone language skills while either studying a civilization at its center or focusing on a particular academic theme. Offerings include courses that fulfill general education and major requirements in a range of disciplines (within the social sciences, humanities, and natural and physical sciences). Faculty-designed excursions promote dynamic engagement beyond the classroom as the city and surroundings become the unofficial “second classroom” of each sequence. Participants remain registered in the College -- receiving academic credit and retaining financial aid eligibility -- making Study Abroad a fully integrated component of UChicago’s undergraduate education. Study options are available in Beijing, London, Paris, and over 20 other cities around the world.



Research is an integral part of the study-curriculum at the University of Chicago. There are dedicated research centers, which cover a wide range of subject categories. Notable research breakthroughs achieved by students and staff at the University of Chicago include:

         James Watson, the UChicago alumnus who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, launched the Human Genome Project in 1990. Today, University of Chicago scientists are building on Watson’s achievements, and reshaping our understanding of gene function and the role genes play in disease causation.

         Paleontologist Paul Sereno has discovered many previously unknown species of dinosaurs.

         Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, who first proposed the existence of “black holes” in the universe, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 “for his theoretical studies of the physical processes of importance to the structure and evolution of the stars.”

         Bruce Lahn and Wen-Hsiung Li explored differences in DNA sequence and gene expression between organisms to identify genes or gene regulatory elements that distinguish humans from lower primates or that correlate with specific behaviors, traits, or biological mechanisms.

Click here to explore other breakthroughs in research at UChicago.

Total Enrollment:13070
           International Students:2117(16%)
Undergraduate Enrollment:5073
           International Students:435(9%)
Graduate Enrollment:7997
           International Students:1682(21%)

Undergraduate Programs
           Art History
           Biological Chemistry
           Biological Sciences
           Cinema and Media Studies
           Civilization Studies
           Classical Studies
           Comparative Human Development
           Comparative Literature
           Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
           Computer Science
           Early Christian Literature
           East Asian Languages and Civilizations
           English Language and Literature
           Environmental Studies
           Fundamentals Issues and Texts
           Gender Studies
           Geographical Studies
           Geophysical Sciences
           Germanic Studies
           History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine
           Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities
           International Studies
           Jewish Studies
           Latin American Studies
           Law, Letters, and Society
           Medieval Studies
           Natural Sciences
           Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
           Physical Sciences
           Political Science
           Public Policy Studies
           Religion and the Humanities
           Religious Studies
           Romance Languages and Literatures
           Russian Studies
           Slavic Languages and Literatures
           Social Sciences
           South Asian Languages and Civilizations
           Theater and Performance Studies
           Tutorial Studies
           Visual Arts
Graduate Programs
           African and African-American Studies
           Ancient Mediterranean World
           Archeological Studies
           Astronomy and Astrophysics
           Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
           Business School
           Cancer Biology
           Carribean Studies
           Cell Physiology
           Cinema and Media Studies
           Classical Languages and Literatures
           Comparative Literature
           Computer Science
           Computer Science, Divisional M.S.Program
           Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science
           Continuing Education
           Developmental Biology
           Divinity School
           East Asian Languages and Civilizations
           East Asian Studies
           East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies
           Ecology and Evolution
           Evolutionary Biology
           Financial Mathematics, M.S. Program in
           Fine Arts
           Gender Studies
           General Studies in the Humanities
           Geographical Studies
           Geophysical Sciences
           Germanic Studies
           Graham School of General Studies
           Health Studies
           History of Culture
           History of Religion
           History of Science and Medicine
           Human Development
           Human Nutrition
           Humanities, Master of Arts Program
           International Relations
           International Studies
           Jewish Studies
           Latin American Studies
           Law School
           Medical Physics
           Medical School
           Medieval Studies
           Middle Eastern Studies
           Molecular Biology
           Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
           Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
           Neurobiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology
           New Testament and Early Christian Literature
           Nutritional Biology
           Ophthalmology and Visual Science
           Organismal Biology and Anatomy
           Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences
           Physical Sciences, Divisional Master's Program
           Political Science
           Psychology and Sociology of Religion
           Public Policy Studies, School of
           Religion and Literature
           Romance Languages and Literatures
           Russian/Eurasian Studies
           Slavic Languages and Literatures
           Social Sciences, Master of Arts Program in
           Social Service Administration, School of
           Social Thought
           South Asia Language and Area Center
           South Asian Languages and Civilizations
           Visual Arts
           Workshops in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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