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Reviews 1062 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Very diverse. Many opinions are voiced on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Small greek community that is quite inclusive. Some people will treat you differently if you are in a fraternity, though.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Abundant and with large variety. Much preferred over on-campus dining.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: No the most safe neighborhood. Students have to be careful, but police force is good.

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Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: This a ridiculous category. All students at UofC work hard and are incredibly intelligent.

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Majors: For almost all majors, it is as easy as declaring.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Economics major is very good. Program is strong and the professors are excellent. Some econ majors are a self-inflated but I think that might be the general student body.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Campus is not at all strict. UC police is there to protect you, not to monitor you.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Not many people are passionate about sports.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Awesome classes. Great professors, great readings. Classmates are brilliant.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Expensive, low quality food. You must buy a plan to live in housing, artificially inflating the cost of housing as well.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's great, I had lots of opportunities to talk with current students and get to know the university, even though I couldn't visit campus before starting my studies.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police is always there to transport you around campus at night, if you feel unsafe.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chicago is a great city and there is always something interesting going on. It's worth just for the museums alone.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Hang out with however you want, no one will usually judge. The only problem I have is that acceptance of other political beliefs is not welcome. The vast majority of the campus is extremely liberal, so any somewhat conservative idea is shot down immediately and ridiculed. Also, international students who aren't from China (they are usually a$$h0l3$) are nice and add to the diversity on campus.

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: I thought the Northeast had bad weather until I came to Chicago. Nuff said.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UChicago does not care what you. You can walk up to a UCPD officer with a joint in one hand and a six pack in the other and all they will do is make sure you are heading in the right direction and are safe. Just don't do anything stupid and no bad consciences will follow.

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Liane Rousseau
Cincinnati, Ohio
English Language and Literature
Grad Year
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The University of Chicago is a unique place, and you won’t find a common opinion about the school. Some people will say it’s too nerdy. Others will say people are pessimistic. And even others will claim that they didn’t have access to the city of Chicago. The truth is the school is what you make of it. The academics are challenging—there is no way you can coast through; however, they’re also manageable. You will definitely meet great and interesting people in your classes. You can also develop fantastic relationships with professors that you’ll still have in 20 years. You will learn more than you ever thought possible, and just the process of discovering a new way to think will have a lifelong impact.

At U of C, there is an opportunity to be social on so many different levels. You can get involved in a new organization or try Greek life. While there might not be a raging party going on every night, that doesn’t mean you need to stay holed up in your room, pouring over calculus problems. There is enough of a party scene if you’re willing to take risks and try hanging out with different people. If you don’t have anything to do on campus on a Friday night, you still have the entire city of Chicago at your disposal. With so many events going on downtown, it’s impossible to be bored. If you don’t learn to use public transportation, you will feel a little stuck in Hyde Park. However, once you get your feet wet and experience your first CTA train, you’ll never fear public transportation again. Most people come out of this school looking back at Hull Gate and thinking, “It was worth it.” You’ll have your ups and downs. There will be nights you throw a textbook across the room or go through an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s. However, in the end, this place is special.

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