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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: You are guaranteed housing all four years and the social community in the house is great when you're an underclassman.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The people are very smart, friendly, and hardworking.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, but would appreciate more merit scholarships.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Party Scene: It's whatever you make of it. There's typically some frat parties every weekend, although there are a lot more apartment parties.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: Cafes are god, but in general the dining halls are bad. Aramark is understaffed, underserviced, food is bad, bugs show up in food sometimes. Utensils are often dirty and missing.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: A lot of options, close to campus or you can choose to be farther from campus, but have better access to buses/trains/groceries. Mostly 1st and 2nd year students stay in housing. There's also a huge supply of apartments in Hyde Park, although those aren't quite as good (although they are cheap).

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've been to various apartments, and there are tons of lovely options for people with different budgets.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Chicago is an excellent place to find new, cultural cuisines.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: It's not particularly strict. CPD comes around to break up parties sometimes, and they usually give a hard time, but the UCPD is attentive and lenient.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was cheaper for me to go here than most other state schools.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I love the variety and availability of fresh produce. There are cuisines from many different cultures and there are stations that make for good old stand-bys.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I've seen way better at state schools, as far as amenities and preferable housing floor plans (lots of doubles and even triples), but the way they pair houses and create groups of people to live together and form bonds is incredible. I've never found people I've felt more compatible with than in my house.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is smart, but other traits vary.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life throws most of the parties and is very easy to get into, but still only a small fraction of the student population.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are mostly ignored. Some houses get very into intramural sports.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is pretty good, Hyde Park has a lot and if you go downtown there's even more.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Drinking in dorms is fine, just not in common areas. Not too strict about drugs either depending on the house you're in.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Received more aid here than any other school, both need-based and merit.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not great, most weekends only have one party a night.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining halls are pretty bad.

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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.

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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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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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