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#18 of 14,131 In the World
#16 of 2,597 In North America
#15 of 2,496 In the United States
#1 of 100 In Illinois
#1 of 38 In Chicago
#2 of 1,031 For Law Enforcement
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Acceptance rate
6%
Average SAT
1545
Average ACT
34
Avg. cost to attend
$33,727 /y
Aid receiving
58%
Undergraduates
7,636
Graduates
11,196
Male:Female Ratio
53:47
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree

University of Chicago Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

University of Chicago has an acceptance rate of 6% and is among the top 1% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 6% 7% 6%
Applicants 37,974 17,513 20,445
Admissions 2,460 1,254 1,206
Freshmen enrolled full time 2,053 1,067 986

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
1,011 or 49%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1510
or below

75% of them
had 1580
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in the University of Chicago are 1510-1580 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
711 or 35%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 33
or below

75% of them
had 35
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in the University of Chicago are 33-35 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

College-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Considered but not required
SAT/ACT Considered but not required
Secondary school GPA Considered but not required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

White 6372 (34%)
Nonresident Alien 5374 (29%)
Asian 2813 (15%)
Hispanic 1871 (10%)
Black or African American 953 (5%)
Two or more races 804 (4%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 630 (3%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 3 (0%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 3 (0%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The average net cost to attend University of Chicago is $33,727 per year, calculated as the sum of the average cost of tuition, room and board, books, and supplies, reduced by the amount of average financial aid received.

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Net average cost to attend
$33,727/year
Average aid awarded
$48,412
Students receiving aid
58%

Average costs by household income

<$30K $2,993
$30-48K $3,316
$48-75K $7,432
$75-110K $13,648
$110K+ $41,816

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $59,256$62,640
Tuition in-state $59,256$62,640
Tuition out-of-state $59,256$62,640
Fee in-district $2,985$1,296
Fee in-state $2,985$1,296
Fee out-of-state $2,985$1,296

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 4,584
Combined charge for room and board $17,685

University of Chicago majors

University of Chicago has granted 1,597 bachelor's degrees across 47 programs, 3,309 master's across 63 programs, and 749 doctorate degrees across 54 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at University of Chicago.

Major Bachelor Master Doctoral
Management Science 1,027
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 417 68 43
Public Policy Analysis, General 78 243
Computer Science 103 187 21
Statistics, General 29 211 6
Law 212
Mathematics, General 133 28 18
Social Sciences, General 168 6
Social Work 166 6
Financial Mathematics 161
Computational and Applied Mathematics 133
Humanities & Humanistic Studies 1 125
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 112
Political Science and Government, General 79 12 18
Chemistry, General 27 40 35
Business Administration and Management, General 92
Physics, General 55 18 19
Experimental Psychology 53 23 8
Theology & Theological Studies 4 61 16
Medicine 80
History, General 54 13 11
International Relations and Affairs 15 48
Sociology, General 31 13 17
Computer Programming, Other 57
English Language and Literature, General 39 3 12
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 24 9 20
Anthropology, General 19 8 23
Neuroscience 46 2
Bioinformatics 45
Environmental Studies 16 21
Linguistics 25 4 8
Computer and Information Sciences, Other 36
Philosophy 31 1 3
Counseling Psychology 22 3 4
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 28
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 28
Astronomy 18 3 4
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 18 6
Physical Sciences, General 24
Middle & Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 5 4 14
Securities Services Administration & Management 23
Music, General 7 6 9
Elementary Education and Teaching 21
Social Sciences, Other 19
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 2 3 13
Creative Writing 17
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies 17
Design and Visual Communications, General 16
Geophysics and Seismology 5 2 9
International Policy Analysis 16
Chemistry, Other 15
Divinity & Ministry 15
Genetics, General 8 7
Business & Commerce, General 7 7
Immunology 13
Oncology and Cancer Biology 6 7
Biomedical Sciences, General 7 5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 6 3 3
Film & Cinema & Media Studies 8 4
General Studies 12
Developmental Biology and Embryology 5 6
Human & Medical Genetics 4 7
Digital Communication and Media & Multimedia 10
Ecology 5 5
Biophysics 2 7
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 8 1
Mathematical Statistics and Probability 9
Molecular Genetics 4 4
South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 2 3
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 7
Geography 6
African Studies 5
Comparative Literature 2 1 2
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology 5
Information Science & Studies 5
Microbiology, General 4
Nutrition Sciences 4
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 4
Anatomy 3
Directing and Theatrical Production 3
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 3
Evolutionary Biology 2 1
German Language and Literature 1 2
Molecular Biochemistry 1 2
Neurobiology and Anatomy 3
Latin American Studies 2
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 2
Science, Technology and Society 2
Advanced Legal Research & Studies, General 1
Behavioral Sciences 1
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 1
Pre-Medicine & Pre-Medical Studies 1
Grand Total 1,597 3,309 749

University of Chicago has a graduation rate of 96%, which is among the 3% highest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 96% 96% 96%
  • Full-time retention rate - 99%

Publications & Citations

University of Chicago is a world-class research university with 191,696 scientific papers published and 8,177,819 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Medicine, Chemistry, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Physics, Computer Science, Genetics, Engineering, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science.

Publications
191,696
Citations
8,177,819

Publication / Citation count by topic

Biology
107,021 / 5,052,600
Medicine
93,963 / 4,122,578
Chemistry
81,388 / 4,160,839
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
80,168 / 3,013,465
Physics
66,912 / 3,109,899
Computer Science
65,604 / 3,144,108
Genetics
64,544 / 3,266,043
Engineering
59,565 / 2,594,244
Biochemistry
56,289 / 3,033,282
Environmental Science
51,445 / 2,244,575
Psychology
46,445 / 1,994,892
Quantum and Particle physics
42,577 / 2,071,800
Political Science
40,765 / 1,313,397
Pathology
38,475 / 1,746,749
Law
37,639 / 1,269,745
Philosophy
36,989 / 1,265,948
Sociology
35,599 / 1,429,795
Mathematics
33,270 / 1,720,680
Organic Chemistry
31,457 / 1,459,687
Surgery
28,120 / 1,002,456
Geology
26,617 / 1,245,928
Geography and Cartography
25,881 / 1,053,522
Statistics
25,520 / 1,390,291
Economics
25,491 / 1,272,644
Materials Science
24,850 / 1,123,337
Psychiatry
24,607 / 1,090,495
Business
23,380 / 1,095,695
History
23,135 / 705,249
Immunology
21,643 / 1,060,810
Paleontology
19,653 / 953,531
Neuroscience
18,673 / 907,808
Oncology and Cancer research
18,495 / 828,524
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
18,394 / 851,846
Optical Engineering
18,128 / 841,087
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
17,862 / 584,184
Linguistics
17,350 / 649,790
Ecology
16,838 / 811,713
Archaeology
16,282 / 624,116
Astrophysics and Astronomy
15,852 / 884,196
Demography
13,471 / 782,350

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 1907 37839
1991 1992 41072
1992 2007 44059
1993 2082 45280
1994 1945 47837
1995 2217 51078
1996 2503 56809
1997 2298 62300
1998 2512 70812
1999 2518 77511
2000 2555 87426
2001 2699 97654
2002 2865 110394
2003 3017 124017
2004 3408 135637
2005 3591 155198
2006 4046 171387
2007 4293 190758
2008 4273 210034
2009 4584 233073
2010 4789 250261
2011 4902 271794
2012 5345 298844
2013 5678 323676
2014 6219 349054
2015 6589 368541
2016 6672 374883
2017 7072 399335
2018 7004 402508
2019 7433 458595
2020 8411 532465
2021 9593 653197
2022 7883 561764
Academic rankings

University of Chicago alumni

  1. Barack Obama

    Barack Obama
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 62)
    Enrolled in the University of Chicago
    1997-2002 graduated with Bachelor of Science in law
    Occupations
    political writermemoiriststatespersonacademicpolitician
    Biography

    Barack Hussein Obama II is an American former politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African-American president of the United States. Obama previously served as a U.S. senator representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004, and worked as a civil rights lawyer before holding public office.

  2. Bernie Sanders

    Bernie Sanders
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 82)
    Enrolled in the University of Chicago
    In 1964 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in political science
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Bernard Sanders is an American politician serving as the senior United States senator from Vermont, a seat he has held since 2007. He was the U.S. representative for the state's at-large congressional district from 1991 to 2007. Sanders is the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history. He has a close relationship with the Democratic Party, having caucused with House and Senate Democrats for most of his congressional career. A self-described democratic socialist, he is often seen as a leader of the progressive movement in the United States. Sanders unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party nomination for president of the United States in 2016 and 2020, finishing in second place in both campaigns. Before his election to Congress, he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont.

  3. David Rockefeller

    David Rockefeller
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1915-2017 (aged 102)
    Occupations
    bankerphilanthropistfinancierstatespersonart collector
    Biography

    David Rockefeller was an American investment banker who served as chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He was the oldest living member of the third generation of the Rockefeller family, and family patriarch from 2004 until his death in 2017. Rockefeller was the fifth son and youngest child of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and a grandson of John D. Rockefeller and Laura Spelman Rockefeller.

  4. Carl Sagan

    Carl Sagan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-1996 (aged 62)
    Enrolled in the University of Chicago
    In 1955 graduated with Bachelor of Science in physics
    In 1956 graduated with Master of Science in physics
    In 1960 graduated with doctorate in astrophysics and astronomy
    Occupations
    physicisttelevision presenternaturalistcosmologistnovelist
    Biography

    Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, science communicator, author, and professor. His best known scientific contribution is his research on the possibility of extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation. He assembled the first physical messages sent into space, the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, which were universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them. He argued in favor of the hypothesis, which has since been accepted, that the high surface temperatures of Venus are the result of the greenhouse effect.

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General info

Founded 1891
Motto crescat scientia vita excolatur
Colors maroon, white
Academic calendar June to June. Also Summer Session (June to August)
Total FTE staff 11,171
Carnegie classification Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

Location and contacts

Address 5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60637
United States
City population 2,746,000
Phone 7737021234

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