Skip to main content

University of Chicago: Narrative Description


5801 Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637-1513
Tel: (773)702-1234
Admissions: (773)702-8650
Fax: (773)702-4199
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:


Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1891. Setting: 211-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 13,885. Faculty: 2,710 (2,137 full-time, 573 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 4:1. 8,751 applied, 40% were admitted. 82% from top 10% of their high school class, 93% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 212 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 4,520 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 32 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 59 other countries, 0.3% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 4% black, 15% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 1% 25 or older, 67% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; psychology. Core. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $40,352 includes full-time tuition ($30,123), mandatory fees ($606), and college room and board ($9623). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 12% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Model United Nations, University Theater, Documentary Films Club, Major Activities Board, student radio station. Major annual events: Folk Festival, Blues 'N Ribs, Summer Breeze. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Joseph Regenstein Library plus 6 others with 7 million books, 47,000 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 1,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Chicago, with a population of nearly 3 million and the third largest city in the nation, is a metropolitan area extending along the southern end of Lake Michigan. It is a leading industrial, medical, educational, and cultural center. The University's campus is located in a residential neighborhood along the lake shore fifteen minutes away from the central downtown area. Cultural facilities include museums that cover a wide variety of fields, art galleries, research libraries, public libraries, theaters, opera, and a symphony orchestra. Numerous recreational activities and points of interest exist.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"University of Chicago: Narrative Description." College Blue Book. . 23 Feb. 2019 <>.

"University of Chicago: Narrative Description." College Blue Book. . (February 23, 2019).

"University of Chicago: Narrative Description." College Blue Book. . Retrieved February 23, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.