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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People complain about the dating options at UChicago way more than they should. Any student you meet will be intelligent and excited about learning. There are lots of cute boys in sweaters and glasses and many girls are fashionable. Some kids can be pretentious or snobbish but most everyone you meet is pretty nice and friendly.

11 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Area: Hyde Park is a nice neighborhood but UChicago's location is best because it's very easy to get to the heart of downtown or to the train.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: Coming from a cheerleader, Maroon pride is a little lacking. However, not many people look down on sports, they just don't seem to realize that sporting events are happening. The football did very well this past season and students seem excited to hear that but usually don't hear about it. Many people are active and Ratner is a nice facility. House intramurals are very popular and many people also participate in club sports (of which there are many)

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Burton-Judson which is a medium-sized dorm with a very close house system. I find the house system very supportive and have made most of my close friends through my house. Being in a close house also provides relationships with upperclassmen that you may not know otherwise.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I feel much more comfortable going to a smaller party or kick-back with people I know and the school's lax alcohol policy makes that possible and many houses host parties or upperclassmen host apartment parties. During o-week and a few times after (halloween, first few weeks) frat parties are really fun if that's your scene. There's usually parties every Friday and Saturday, and usually a frat party with live music on Wednesdays. O-week usually has at least one frat party every night.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you're looking for robust greek life, you probably won't get it at UChicago. Many first-years go to frat parties but after o-week you'll probably end up going to apartment parties or house (dorm) parties.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Harold's is always popular and there are many places like the Med to go to.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security guards are on every corner at night and are always friendly and make me feel much safer at night. UCPD is a little more controversial.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great variety of off campus dining options especially if you are willing to venture out of the immediate college area. Even within the campus area there is good variety.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The University has a small Greek life comparatively. They host some events and are somewhat present.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The fact that the University is located close to the city is great! It means that there is always something to do off campus. However, this doesn't in any way diminish from the events going on on-campus. There is also usually something to do there as well. The local attitude seems to be generally positive, and, as mentioned before, there is a great variety of events available.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: While varsity athletics are perhaps not the most important or most attended events on campus, there is some student involvement. However, intramurals have a much higher participation and attendance rate and are generally supported fairly well.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I have yet to have an internship, but plan on having one in the near future. From what I have heard and understand, the University offers a great deal of assistance and connections in finding an internship, so I am not worried about obtaining one.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: For the most part the school administration is adequate enough. However, there have been recent events which have occurred that required more administrative authority than they gave. This has been a problem in the past, especially when it comes to dealing with groups who support minorities.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus quality id generally good. There are a wide range of facilities to serve most needs. I have found everything that I needed here.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I know that there are options available, but as I still live in housing and haven't really explored my off-campus options yet I don't feel I could give an adequate review.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I really enjoy the structure of the curriculum here at the University of Chicago. I think the quarter system is great for the most part, and I like the core and the variety of classes offered.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Its Chicago! Can't say much about it since I have not lived off campus. Though a few of my friends say to avoid the south side of UIC.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: From what I saw at the orientation there are quite a bit of internships available.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: For the Commons South/West/North area it has a shared floor restroom/showers so everyone on that floor uses it and sometimes it gets a little dirty...

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: It's right in the downtown area of Chicago, so if you look hard and got plenty of CASH then you'll have fun. It's expensive tho!

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have had a wonderful experience at this school: the classes I have taken, along with the people and professors I have met, have changed my life. The small class sizes and the breadth of classes offered have really contributed to this wonderful experience.

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5 College Senior

Scholarships: While I had a lot of forms to fill out and the process was tedious, I always received the financial aid I needed. When I petitioned the school to ask for a raise my scholarship, they did and have been increibly accommodating.

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: The fraternities do have parties and a lot of people throw apartment parties. The scene is there but it can be difficult to find at times and the parties do not mirror those at larger universities.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Now that I love in an apartment, I miss having the option of the dining halls. South is a good option for a dining hall and pierce was, especially for fourth meal (RIP). The Reynolds club has the best on campus options with hutch commons and Einstein bros.

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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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