The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

  1. 1
    Academics overall, but especially the Medill School of Journalism, theater program, and dual-degree options
  2. 2
    Campus is smack in the middle of the dining capital of the North Shore.
  3. 3
    The Lakefill
  4. 4
    Dance Marathon
  5. 5
    Dillo Day
  6. 6
    The Great Room
  7. 7
    Proximity to Chicago
  8. 8
    Reading Week
  9. 9
    Well-rounded students
  10. 10
    A Big 10 atmosphere with the academics of an Ivy League school

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
96% of students return after their first year.
Commitment to Teaching
There are 7 students for every member of faculty on campus.
Proven Success
93% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
100% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
57% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
63% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
56% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
53% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 49/51 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Learn from the Best
100% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 73% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-49% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

  1. 1
    Winter in Chicago
  2. 2
    Dorky guys
  3. 3
    North/South Campus division
  4. 4
    No U-Passes (free CTA passes)
  5. 5
    Housing is outdated.
  6. 6
    Minimal late-night dining options and the dining hall food in general
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
    Pressure to succeed
  10. 10

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $43,779, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Expensive Dorms
Living on campus doesn't come cheap, with an average housing price tag of $7,582.
Don't Move Off Campus
Average off-campus housing is a steep $13,329.
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