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Think.Transform.Thrive. Find your passion. Explore your interests through nearly 50 majors and 30 minors. Take advantage of interdisciplinary opportunities and preparation for professional study or careers. Choose from a variety of Core sequences and begin classes in your major as early as your first year. F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N

Visit our website, collegeadmissions. Here you can join our mailing list, find your admissions counselor, or email a current student. You can also reach us at 773.702.8650. Apply online at KEEP EXPLORING

Use these links to learn more about the University of Chicago: The College College Course Catalog Office of College Aid V i s iting C amp u s

The Office of College Admissions is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, except for major holidays. The office is open most Saturdays, April through November. Please visit visiting for details. Group information sessions and student-led tours are offered throughout the year.

Majors, Minors, and Interdisciplinary Opportunities Anthropology Art History‡ Astronomy and Astrophysics† Big Problems† Biological Chemistry Biological Sciences‡ Chemistry Chicago Studies† Cinema and Media Studies‡ Classical Studies‡ Comparative Human Development Comparative Literature Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies‡ Computational Neuroscience†* Computer Science‡ Creative Writing† Early Christian Literature East Asian Languages and Civilizations‡ Economics Education† English and Creative Writing* English Language and Literature Environmental Studies‡ Fundamentals: Issues and Texts Gender Studies‡ Geographical Studies Geophysical Sciences Germanic Studies‡ History History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine‡

Human Rights†* Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities International Studies Jewish Studies‡ Latin American Studies‡ Law, Letters, and Society Linguistics‡ Mathematics‡ Medieval Studies Music‡ Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations‡ Norwegian Studies* Philosophy‡ Physics‡ Political Science Psychology Public Policy Studies Religion and the Humanities Religious Studies Romance Languages and Literatures‡ Russian Studies Slavic Languages and Literatures‡ Sociology South Asian Languages and Civilizations‡ Statistics‡ Theater and Performance Studies‡ Tutorial Studies Visual Arts‡ †Interdisciplinary opportunity / ‡Major and minor / *Minor only

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on-campus research centers and institutes


of classes have fewer than 20 students

8,500,000 volumes in six libraries, all located on the main campus

International Centers in

Paris and


7:1 + 350 student-to-faculty ratio

The Harper Memorial Library Commons is a 24-hour study and group collaboration space.



A community of scholars. A private university chartered in 1890, the University of Chicago is one of the world’s great intellectual communities. The College is the largest academic unit of the University, which encompasses 10 graduate divisions and professional schools, including on-campus law, business, and medical schools.

Great minds. Eighty-five Nobel laureates— 16 percent of all recipients—are associated with the University of Chicago, including eight current faculty members. UChicago is ranked in the top 10 schools with smallest class sizes, giving Art History Associate students unparalleled Professor Darby English, recipient of the Quantrell access to small seminars Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and research with faculty.


A diversity of ideas. UChicago supports just over 5,000 undergraduates from 50 states and more than 70 countries. UChicago welcomes a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and opinions as part of its commitment to nurturing intellectual freedom and the open exchange of ideas. Forty-eight UChicago students have become Rhodes Scholars, including three in 2011.

Registered Student Organizations

F i n a n cial A i d

The University of Chicago’s admission process is need-blind, meaning your ability to pay has no influence on admission. UChicago also meets 100 percent of demonstrated need. Odyssey Scholarships reduce or eliminate student loan expectations for low- and middle-income families. The University offers merit scholarships to selected students. Sixty percent of UChicago students receive financial assistance. Over 90 percent is offered in the form of grants and scholarships.

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students participate in community service each year

Admissions Results Applied: 21,783 Admitted: 3,551 Attending: 1,400

Testing—Mid 50% ACT 31–34 SAT 1420–1530

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“There are many students in our country who have the potential to make serious intellectual contributions to society, and the Odyssey Scholarship is a way of ensuring that this potential is fulfilled.” Nausicaa Renner, Class of 2012 Odyssey Scholar



The power of ideas. The structure of DNA, efficient market theory, the link between genetics and cancer, REM sleep, revolutionary theories of education, the first controlled self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction: UChicago has changed the world through research and attracts nearly $500 million in research funding every year. UChicago also manages two major U.S. Department of Energy research centers: Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. S tu dy A b r oa d

Build community worldwide. UChicago students study abroad through College programs or affiliations with foreign universities. Our most popular programs bring 25 students and UChicago faculty together in such places as Athens, Barcelona, Beijing, Cairo, Cape Town, Jerusalem, Oaxaca, Paris, Pune, Rome, and Vienna, allowing students to complete their civilization studies Core sequence while living abroad.

and cultural magazines, a cappella groups, and more than 30 musical ensembles. Campus is home to multiple professional arts organizations, including Court Theatre and two Grammy-winning musical ensembles. S P O R T S A N D AT H L E T I C S

Play hard. Over 70 percent of students participate in athletics. Students compete in over 40 intramural and 30 club sports and on 19 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III teams. In recent years, 13 of the University’s varsity teams ranked in the top 30 nationally. In the past several years, UChicago athletes have won multiple national championship titles in both tennis and track and field. Wrestling has won over a dozen conference championships since 1989. Varsit y sp o rts


Baseball (M) Basketball (M + W) Cross Country (M + W) Football (M) Soccer (M + W) Softball (W)

Swimming and Diving (M + W) Tennis (M + W) Track and Field (M + W) Volleyball (W) Wrestling (M)

Express yourself. Over half of our students participate in arts organizations, including student theater and improv comedy troupes, filmmaking and film societies, dance Improv comedy was born and continues to flourish at UChicago. companies, literary

Award-winning Ratner Athletics Center

A University that evolves with you. The University of Chicago offers state-of-theart facilities that grow with the needs of its students. With support from our enthusiastic network of alumni, new facilities on-campus continue to enhance the UChicago experience.

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is projected to open in spring 2012. The center will provide a haven for the University’s many diverse artists. Its varied spaces will inspire collaboration and individual exploration in a medley of rehearsal rooms, studios, classrooms, and media editing labs. Its theaters, auditorium, and gallery will allow artists to exhibit their talents to fellow classmates and the larger Chicago community.

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library opened in 2011. It is home to the nation’s largest automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS). Students can request an item via computer, and a 50-foot robotic crane will automatically retrieve their selection from the underground stacks. Mansueto’s high-density ASRS requires just one-seventh the space of regular stacks, giving students immediate access to up to 3.5 million volumes of material. The library includes the 8,000-squarefoot Grand Reading Room, located beneath a stunning elliptical glass dome. Students perform at the annual South Asian Student Association’s cultural show.

The University of Chicago is just seven miles from Chicago’s main business district, easily reached by train, bus, car, or a scenic bike ride along the bike path bordering Lake Michigan.



our Campus

A beautiful 215-acre campus. The University of Chicago’s campus is a certified botanic garden seven miles from the main business district of Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city. The University’s neighborhood, Hyde Park, is a residential community, home to nearly 60 percent of UChicago faculty. Hyde Park has also been home to President Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Amelia Earhart, Marshall Field, and Saul Bellow. R esi d entia l H o u ses

Common space and a common spirit. UChicago’s residential housing model brings together students, faculty, staff, and upperclass resident assistants in distinct communities of approximately 40 to 100 people. Houses provide ample opportunities to bond, whether over grilled cheese in the shared dining area or hanging out in one of Chicago’s many neighborhoods. Housing is guaranteed for all four years. C a m p u s Li f e

Get involved. UChicago supports more than 350 student organizations, as well as three student-run coffee shops, a movie theater, a radio station, two athletics and

recreational facilities, Greek life, Model United Nations, and the world’s largest scavenger hunt—just to name portions of UChicago’s vibrant student life. C ULT U R E

Belong. Almost 100 on-campus organizations are dedicated to students’ religious, cultural, and community-building activities. 5710 South Woodlawn, a student-centered space used by multiple organizations, also houses the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and LGBTQ Student Life. Rockefeller Chapel is the spiritual center of the University, supporting students of any religious background or belief. SERVICE

Give back. More than 50 student organizations are dedicated to service in the city of Chicago and nationwide. The University Community Service Center sponsors leadership training and internships in public service, as well as experiential learning opportunities. For over a decade, the University has earned a spot as one of the nation’s top-ranked schools for producing Peace Corps volunteers.

College Admissions

Shape your future. The University’s Career Advising and Planning Services (CAPS) prepares students for post-College life, beginning as early as their first year. CAPS sponsors more than 400 paid internships worldwide and several on-campus career fairs. The pre-professional Chicago Careers programs provide personalized advising and connect students to our global network of successful alumni. Choose from Chicago Careers in: n Arts n Business n Health Professions n Higher Education n Journalism n Law n Public and Social Service n Science and Technology In the Class of 2011, 94% of students in the Chicago Careers in Law program were accepted to law school, and 98% of Chicago Careers in Business participants have either commenced full-time careers or have enrolled in business school. A d m ission

The University of Chicago uses the Common Application with the UChicago supplement. Please visit for more information.

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