University of Chicago Summary

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Entrance to Hull Court

Basic Statistics

Chicago, IL
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
16 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The Gothic architecture
  • The House system
  • Traditions like O-Week, Scavenger Hunt, and Shake Day
  • Scoffing at Ivy League grade inflation with friends over bubble tea in Chinatown

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The Core, the workload, and Finals Week
  • Finding out that sometimes your best isn't good enough
  • Overpriced meal plan and no late-night dining options
  • The Regenstein

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Chicago Student Reviews

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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.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

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

2 people found this useful Report

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