Campus Strictness

Chicago, IL
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The UCPD doesn't care at all about underage drinking or illegal drugs--just making sure people are safe and neighbors aren't disturbed--and on the streets they're very warm and friendly. Having guests in dorms is incredibly easy, and only really requires that you check them in at the front desk; after that, they could stay several nights provided you can get them a place to sleep. In lectures (and some seminars) attendance counts for essentially nothing. How alcohol and noise are viewed in your dorm depends on the RA, but generally they're very lax.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: This school is not very strict with personal lives outside of class.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The atmosphere is overall pretty lenient. It definitely depends on the house (if you're in housing), but the university's policy seems to be that you can pretty much do whatever (particularly if you're out of housing) as long as you're not harming anyone or posing too much of a threat to yourself. If you're in housing, though, it's contingent on your RH's/RA's.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus police and administration are not at all strict. Alcohol use and underage drinking is visible and no one (administration or police) cares. As far as noise violations, it's not at all uncommon for apartment parties to get shut down for being too loud, but that's only when the neighbors call the police to complain. "Visitation in dorms" is also very relaxed. You have to sign guests in, but that's it. Overall, I'd rate the campus as very lenient, and it's great.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 25th
    Best Campus Police
  • 28th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1339th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liane Rousseau
Cincinnati, Ohio
English Language and Literature
Grad Year
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There is a crazy amount of leniency at the University of Chicago with pretty much every aspect of life except academic integrity and the actual law. Other than cheating or committing a serious felony, you really can’t do anything wrong. Both the campus police and the city police are incredibly lenient with underage drinking. The most they’ll do is break up a party if there is some kind of noise complaint. There is no campus curfew, and you’re free to spend the night wherever you choose. You are not forced to attend any classes, although in some, your grade will be lowered if you are consistently absent. Every RSO (recognized student organization) has its own attendance rules, but as a whole, a majority of them is fairly lax. Some groups like Greek organizations and intramural teams work on a more restrictive schedule where attendance is required.

As far as administration, RAs, and the police go, it’s fairly simple: Take care of yourself, don’t break any major rules, and they won’t bother you. If you break the law or a major school policy, you’re obviously going to get in trouble. However, everyone understands the pressure that the students are under. They’re OK with people blowing off a little steam. As long as you don’t bring negative attention to the University, the administration will let you roam free. Everyone who studies at the University of Chicago is smart and responsible. Those qualities influence the students’ actions enough so that the general student population can sustain some anarchy and independence from both the administration and the campus police.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating-mainly copying someone else's lab or problem set
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Showing up to a discussion-based course without doing the reading
  • Talking loudly in the library
  • Trying to get into a dorm without being signed in by a resident
  • Trying to steal from Bart Mart
Visitation Policies
Visitors must sign in at the front desk of a hall, and the host must be present to let the visitor in.
Did You Know?
All incoming freshmen are required to pass an online alcohol education class called AlcoholEdu. The University wants its students to be fully aware of the effects of alcohol on the human body and the signs of dangerous alcohol consumption in both yourself and others around you.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 52 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 57 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 35% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 65% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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