The University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

International Profile

An educational ideal

Chartered in 1890, the University of Chicago is home to a community of approximately 7,000 exceptional student scholars who chose UChicago  for its rigorous liberal arts curriculum, small discussion-style seminars, and 5:1 student-faculty ratio. Students prepare for challenging careers and competitive graduate schools through professional and recreational opportunities on campus and throughout 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 all future endeavors. With over 50 majors and more than 40 minors, students can double-major, create their own major, or explore interdisciplinary opportunities. Undergraduates choose their electives from more than 3,000 courses offered at the College each year, and over 40% of students 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 students a unique opportunity to pursue molecular-level science in both an academic and research context. 

Campus life
The residential housing system is a vital element of the College community. Modeled after the British house system, our 39 College houses eat together at shared dining tables, explore Chicago at sporting and cultural events, and compete against each other in intramural sports. Each student is guaranteed housing for four years, and though it’s only required for first- and second-year students, many remain to enjoy the houses’ perennial traditions.

Undergraduates actively participate in more than 400 student organizations encompassing athletics, the arts, community service, and Greek life. Our varsity teams compete at the NCAA Division III level, and more than 70% of the student body participates in UChicago’s extensive intramural and club sports programs.

Molecular Engineering at UChicago
The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) educates the next generation of leaders in the fast-growing field of molecular engineering by integrating science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up. Through interdisciplinary research themes in health care, information processing and storage, sustainable energy, and water resources, our Engineering students apply molecular-level science to the design of advanced devices, processes, and technologies. Any student admitted to the School may pursue either a major or minor in Molecular Engineering.


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The University of Chicago’s neighborhood of Hyde Park in CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, is a residential community of 26,000 people located just seven miles from the city’s center. With its global businesses, cultural attractions, and diverse neighborhoods, Downtown Chicago is just 15 minutes away by bus, train, car, or the University’s own shuttle service.

UChicago At A Glance

Type of School: The private, coeducational undergraduate college of the University of Chicago is at the heart of one of the world’s greatest research universities and intellectual communities, where over 90 Nobel Laureates have researched, studied, or taught. 

Size of Campus: 217-acre campus, officially designated as a botanic garden in the city of Chicago

Number of Students: Over 7,600 undergraduate students and nearly 10,900 graduate students; 13% international students (not including US citizens living abroad or permanent US residents)

Number of Faculty: Over 1,200 full-time professors

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: The College offers more than 50 majors in the liberal arts and the first-established, most extensive general education Core Curriculum. Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees are awarded in the biological, physical, and social sciences; the humanities; and interdisciplinary areas. The University also has 11 graduate divisions and professional schools. Graduate-level classes are available to undergraduates. Joint BA/MA and BS/MS programs are available in a number of fields, as well as early entrance into the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Geographic Diversity: Students representing all 50 states and more than 100 countries

International Student Services: Office of International Affairs, Press Building, 1427 E. 60th Street, Suite 251, Chicago, IL 60637 USA; +1-773-702-7752;

International Student Budget: (2023–2024)
• Tuition: $63,801
• Student Life Fees: $1,818
• Housing and Food: $19,221
• Books/Personal Expenses: $4,200
• Total: $89,040

Financial Aid: Financial awards meet full demonstrated need; the University offers grants, not loans.

Test Score Requirements: TOEFL minimum of 600 (paper based) or 100 (internet based)

Application Deadlines and Fees:
• Early Action: November 2
• Early Decision I: November 2
• Early Decision II: January 4
• Regular Decision: January 4
• Application fee: $75 (no application fee for applicants who indicate they’ll be applying for need-based financial aid)

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.