University of Chicago: Narrative Description

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5801 Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637-1513
Tel: (773)702-1234
Admissions: (773)702-8650
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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.