The University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Science & Engineering Profile

Revolutionizing undergraduate Engineering

Chartered in 1890, the University of Chicago has approximately 6,800 undergraduates that comprise a community of exceptional student scholars who chose UChicago for its rigorous liberal arts curriculum, small discussion-style seminars, and 5:1 student-faculty ratio. The University prepares students for challenging careers and competitive graduate schools through professional and recreational opportunities on campus and in Chicago.

An educational ideal
Focused on careful reading, analytical writing, and critical thinking, UChicago’s Core Curriculum is the perfect foundation for any major—and for all future endeavors. With over 50 majors and more than 40 minors, students can double-major, create their own, or explore interdisciplinary opportunities. Undergraduates choose electives from more than 3,000 offered courses at the University each year, and over 40% study abroad through nearly 60 faculty-designed and taught programs. 

UChicago sponsors a wealth of undergraduate research opportunities in programs ranging from Economics and Psychology to Astrophysics and Sociology. More than 160 institutes and centers provide a home for true innovation. Our new Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering provides a unique opportunity to pursue molecular-level science in both an academic and research context.

Revolutionizing undergraduate Engineering
New majors in Molecular Engineering and Astronomy & Astrophysics, our specialization in Applied Math, and new minors in Geographic Information Science, Neuroscience, and Data Science give UChicago students more academic options than ever before. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) utilizes a groundbreaking model for Engineering education and research. Molecular Engineering students use nanotechnology to create processes and new materials to solve big problems. The PME brings biology, chemistry, math, and physics experts together under one roof, creating a revolutionary Engineering division. Rather than specializing in traditional areas, UChicago’s engineers take multidisciplinary approaches to address issues from energy and human health to water purification and quantum computing.


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A Legacy of Research

Research is part of the University of Chicago’s DNA. By attending a residential liberal arts college nestled within a world-class research university, every UChicago student gets the best of both worlds. Open inquiry and interdisciplinary approaches define our academic culture. This spirit of innovative thinking is the backbone to some of our most notable scientific breakthroughs: the structure of DNA, new species of dinosaurs, the science of ecology, the mathematical theory of black holes, carbon-14 dating, speed of light measurement, how to preserve blood, and the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “My experience at the University of Chicago has been such an adventure and an exciting ride.”

    • Jack W.
  • “Hyde Park is such a cute place to be. It’s a really great area that makes the city of Chicago feel a bit more homey.”

    • Ella D.
  • “UChicago is definitely a school that has a unique population as well as a unique set of opportunities for me to jump in and explore.”

    • Abraham H.