The University of Chicago
Business at UChicago
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.
Business at UChicago
Regardless of major, our students graduate with outstanding quantitative, verbal, and written skills that prepare them for persuasion, negotiation, and collaboration—the cornerstones of successful business relationships. With access to an economics faculty that currently includes six Nobel laureates, to the top-ranking University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and to the University's global network of business leaders, UChicago students build on their rigorous classroom experiences with exclusive internship and research opportunities.
UChicago’s Office of Career Advancement partners with the world-renowned Chicago Booth School of Business to help students bring what they learn in the classroom into the boardroom. With expert advisers, substantive internships, MBA-level coursework, and an extensive employer network, UChicago has helped generations of students launch successful business careers across a highly diverse range of industries, including consulting, investment banking, and marketing.
Students have access to many different career resources depending on their individual needs and interests. These range from the flexible, open-participation Careers in Business program to the selective, structured Trott Business Program and Financial Markets Program. Trott and Financial Markets students complete an intensive, three-year curriculum that typically achieves a post-graduation placement rate at or near 100% each year.
Students can also elect to pursue a business specialization through their course of study in Economics, which offers the opportunity to complete four courses at the Booth School of Business to learn fundamental business concepts and build problem-solving skills. College students who are considering an MBA in the future are encouraged to take advantage of Chicago Booth’s Accelerated MBA Option, which allows students to save time and money by counting up to six Booth courses taken during college towards an MBA degree. Students should also consider applying for the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, which lets students secure a spot with Chicago Booth’s MBA program during their final year of undergraduate study and defer enrollment for two to four years while they gain professional experience.
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Secure your seat in the best business school in the world—before you’ve even graduated from college.
Through the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, you can apply to a Chicago Booth MBA in your final year of undergraduate studies, and then defer admission for two to five years while you gain professional work experience. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to explore career options without worrying about where you’ll get your MBA.
"I chose UChicago because it had the most challenging and diverse academic program. I was instantly curious after looking over a list of classes—they ranged from typical sounding university classes, such as Introduction to International Relations, to unique and surprising subjects, such as a course on German fairy tales. This made me excited to learn in a way that no other prospective university had been able to do. I am now in my fourth year and am happy to say that my initial impression was correct. Through my time here, I have been able to take a huge variety of classes and learn something interesting and new to me."
“When I was deciding on schools, UChicago was an obvious first choice. UChicago not only offers world-class academics, but also makes them accessible with its outstanding financial aid. Outside of classes, students here enjoy a housing program that emphasizes community, which is beyond valuable for first-year students. Student life is vibrant with a rich diversity of student clubs and activities, and we can always count on resources from academic and career advising, to Title IX counseling and Student Health Services. I knew from the start that this school would be a great fit for me."
"I chose UChicago because I knew from the moment I set foot on campus that this was going to be my home for the next four years. For me, the decision was largely based off of the academic reputation; I wanted a new challenge and UChicago’s theoretical approach to learning was just that. I can safely say that no class I have taken here can be characterized as “easy,” but I can also definitely say that I’ve learned more in my short time at UChicago so far than I could have ever imagined.