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  • 09/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    98 out of 98 people found this review useful. 1 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who genuinely enjoys learning. It can be about anything, but for someone who's interested in something specific, you will find a great class about it here. It's also great for those who love Chicago, as the University has many connections and services around the city. Finally, the University has a very worldly feel, with international exhibits, programs, professors and a large group of international students. Anyone who's interested in an international experience would like it here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn about the transportation schedules of your nearby buses and the university shuttles. Knowing these will help you get around much more quickly and efficiently to go out and have fun! Also, don't be afraid to ask upperclassmen anything about their experiences in classes. They'd love to tell you, but keep in mind that not everyone will like the same classes- everyone has different interests!

    Bang for the buck

    Though the price may be high, the University provides great services and academics that warrant it. The housing is great, along with security, and transportation services. Also, the University has great career and connection services around the city and the country. There are many tutoring and aid services to help you through classes. Finally, the academics itself is world-class, providing very in-depth information and teaching students how to think in each class, rather than memorize facts.

    Am enjoying being here

    The stereotype that this is where fun comes to die is simply not true. True, there may be some difficult times academically, but it definitely does not take over your life. It only teaches you to focus when you need to. I have found a large variety of people, and each person seems to find their particular niche of people, whether they love math and movies on weekends, explore Chicago, or a more social atmosphere attending parties. There is definitely a place for everyone, and with the city of Chicago all around you, there is always something to do.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are very educational and require a lot of focus. The best part is the university understands this, and so there are a lot of opportunities to get help from free tutors and TA's almost every day throughout the quarter.

  • 01/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 out of 46 people found this review useful. 2 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Students who want an academic challenge. -Students who want a diverse college experience. -Students who are interested in research fields or in theoretical fields. -Students with a passion, who want to study with other students with a passion. -Students comfortable in a big city setting.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Visit campus before you decide to apply/accept. The atmosphere at UChicago is intimidating for some and invigorating for others. If you feel overwhelmed on a campus visit, this might not be the place for you. -Take the most time on the Uncommon Essay part of the application. That's your opportunity to show the admissions staff a side of yourself that isn't evident in letter grades and an extracurricular list. They want to see what makes you tick, not just what makes you better than every other applicant. -If you do decide to come here, look at all the student organizations, research opportunities, extracurricular activities, and so on. The college has a lot to offer, if you take the time to explore.

    Bang for the buck

    The only disadvantage of UChicago is that it's very expensive. The high academics and numerous opportunities provided are wonderful, and I feel they are worth the price, but $50,000+ per year is still an awful lot.

    Am enjoying being here

    Along with the academics, UChicago has a plethora of extracurricular activities: sports, theatre, music, etc. In the dorms, students are split up into houses, of around 50-100 people. Houses will organize activities as well. Plus, it's in the city of Chicago. I can always find something to do and enjoy. Anyone who can't isn't trying. It's a really fun experience.

    Am learning a lot

    For me, one of the key points of a school was that it had to be academically challenging. UChicago absolutely fits the bill here. The courses are rigorous, and the professors go out of their way to make the course interesting and highly educational.

  • 11/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 out of 32 people found this review useful. 3 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you don't sincerely enjoy the pursuit of knowledge, you won't like it here. You run into far more students who say they don't particularly care about the increased paycheck foreseen for college graduates than who list that as a top 5 reason for coming here. In fact, of the six or so people with whom I've discussed post-graduation plans, four have said they would be perfectly happy doing menial labour for pay and pursuing their interests in their spare time. In reality, most of them will become fabulously rich one way or another (even if it's the route of Tucker Max). But both of these illustrate the types of people who thrive at the University of Chicago: people with an insatiable drive for knowledge, and people with whatever quality of passion is associated with an entrepreneurial spirit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although, ironically, the University has moved to the Common Application, probably just to inflate application numbers, the application was traditionally called the Uncommon Application. Now it's just the Uncommon Essay supplement to the Common Application, but this should lead you to a certain inference: that essay is probably the most important part of the application, so make sure you know how to 1) think and 2) write before you start it. Other than that, I seriously encourage visiting, because that's the only way you'll know if this is the right place for you. You probably hear that all the time, but it is especially important for a quirky place like the University of Chicago.

    Bang for the buck

    With 3 classes costing the same as 4, given a class with three 50 minute lectures per week, it comes to between $125 and $175 per class. Honestly, I wonder about the bang for the buck sometimes. Overall, I believe it will be worth it in the end. The unique education, the quality of student life, and the experiences afforded by that arguably exorbitant tuition make it, in my opinion, worth it—but it's open to debate.

    Am enjoying being here

    But don't let the predilection for intellectual stimulation fool you: there is plenty of fun to be found here, whatever your definition of fun may be. The parties may not compare with some other campuses, but they are better than you might expect. I'm in one of the residence halls with a reputation for hermitic behavior and complete lack of social life, which should be saying something when the same reputation has been given to the campus as a whole. And yet, that stereotype has been completely disproven in my experience, both for this residence hall and the rest of the campus. Moving along: being in Chicago is especially great if you are from a smaller town. I'll admit I still miss Seattle and would say I prefer it, but it is undeniable that the diversity and magnitude of opportunities available in the Second City are appreciable. Overall, the people I've met, opportunities I've had, and unique experiences available here have caused me to enjoy my time here immensely.

    Am learning a lot

    Even though I'm only taking 3 classes this quarter (3 or 4 qualify as full time), it's definitely a sizable load. The 10 week quarter has gone by extremely fast, with tons of material covered every week. The pace is great for an avid learner, and if you are taking courses you are interested in, you will have plenty of opportunity to learn more than what's in the textbook. Even outside of class, everyone has a passion for knowledge that easily rubs off on you, and learning becomes a full-time activity. For example, at a party at the end of 3rd week, I got a rundown of the history of the Irish Civil War over beers while at a party.

  • 08/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 out of 30 people found this review useful. 4 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    open, hardworking, the type that takes long projects and breaks them into pieces. good writers. city dwellers

    Tips for prospective students

    i suggest you decide how you balance social and academic life now and examine how that might change coming here. Are you okay with that a change?

    Bang for the buck

    The dorms were horrible, ripped furniture, germy carpet in need of new everything. They are getting much better though, built two new dorms so newcomers will never know the of the infested old ones.

    Am enjoying being here

    The rigorous coursework is stressful, and its hard feeling warm and comfortable in Chicago's bitter winters. It is not easy to engage in social life because everyone is preoccupied trying to stay above water in class.

    Am learning a lot

    It's called restricted access. It's amazing, we learn everything from a primary angle; our professors wrote the textbooks that students at other colleges study from.

  • 05/31/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    19 out of 21 people found this review useful. 5 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social, intellectual, diligent, curious, passionate, and dedicated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a blast, read fast, make it last - don't be your house's outcast.

    Bang for the buck

    UChicago will bang your buck better than any ivy. After all, it's a school of skilled economists - who but them to seek an efficient allocation of your family's resources?

    Will enjoy being here

    Of course! University of Chicago's campus is enough to make Harry Potter jealous - from our unique housing system to our mascot - the phoenix - to our grand piano-outfitted dormitories, scav hunts, and scarves, the University of Chicago is by far the most enjoyable part of the Hyde Park neighborhood. Scratch that - of the Chicagoland area. Scratch that - of the collegiate world.

    Will learn a lot

    Though I had the fortune of being able to decide between the University and several other schools - chief among them Cornell University - I realized that the caliber of Chicago's Economics and Political Science programs far exceeds that of Cornell's. However, my decision delved much deeper than surface-level comparisons of U.S. News & World Report program rankings. Unlike any ivy league school, the University of Chicago is the birthplace of one of America's most influential schools of economic thought. It is the collegiate home of Milton Friedman; it is the hub of Monetarist thought; it is the school where Freakonomics author Steven Levitt teaches, and where any aspiring economist, attorney, or even investment banker should aspire to learn.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 6 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UChicago is great for motivated students passionate about their field of study. This school will open many doors to careers, jobs, and internships through its alumni network, so those who understand the value of connections will do well. Students open to and looking for new experiences, especially like living in a big city and meeting unique people, will strive here. This school isn't the best for students looking to party a lot, but, that being said, the party scene is not shabby at all. Students who enjoy spending time with friends in the lounge or room/apartment parties will be satisfied. Good luck!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Look into every financial aid and scholarship resource you know of, for both need-based and merit-based assistance. Make sure you visit campus (hopefully during Spring quarter) before you make your decision. Be prepared for challenging, yet intriguing, coursework. If you do decided to attend the University of Chicago, you're first priority is to establish a balance between academics, extracurricular, and social activities that fit your lifestyle. This is both possible and crucial to success.

    Bang for the buck

    The University's Office of Financial Aid gives generous need-based aid, using both its own and federal resources. The Odyssey Scholarship, a program launched a few years ago, will replace all or half of a student's loan expectation given he or she is at or below a certain income level. The sticker price can scare some students away, but once you dig a little deeper (using Cappex and other scholarship finders), there is plenty of aid available. UChicago uses every dollar for the good of its students, providing security and police personnel, health and wellness resources, and subsidized activities both on and off campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The social life and extracurricular activities can be whatever you make of them. Coursework can be slightly overwhelming during mid-terms and close to finals, but if you stay on top of your work and stay organized, there shouldn't be any problem. With this attitude, students have plenty of opportunities to get into the city, experience campus culture, and have fun! I myself love the extracurriculars offered on campus and take every advantage to go downtown. Attending comedy shows, Model UN, and my religious group are a few of the opportunities I take advantage of myself.

    Am learning a lot

    Every course I am enrolled in opens my mind to new vistas of knowledge. The instructors can be, at times, too involved in the coursework, but they make up for it in passion and quality. The defining characteristic of academics at UChicago is that everyone is really passionate about what they are studying. People come here to get a world-class education, and it shows.

  • 03/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 7 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who like to think outside of the box and take a different approach towards solving problems and confronting challenges. Students needs to have a good work ethic and know how to prioritize their time and activities. The school is difficult, but with the proper time management and work ethic it is possible to make your class work less stressful and more enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in your community as well as in your school. Making yourself as diverse as possible will help you in the long run. Make your name familiar with UChicago - talk to recruiters, visit the campus and take tours, speak with admission advisers and counselors to express interest in the school. Lastly, apply early to help your chances of acceptance.

    Bang for the buck

    UChicago is definitely a financial commitment that may be the deciding factor in choosing whether or not to attend the college but the monetary commitment functions as an investment into each student's future success. With all graduating seniors that I have known, they have secured jobs in competitive career fields. Also, the professors staffed at the University are among the best in the nation. The University of Chicago has an extensive number of Nobel Prize winners who teach at the school. While you pay a pretty penny for the University, you are also learning for the best and the brightest.

    Am enjoying being here

    Overall, I enjoy being at the school. During my first year, I confined my social life only to the classroom and my dorm room, which did not provide for much fun and entertainment. There are different student organizations and activities on campus that provide students the opportunity to get involved, network, and socialize with students on campus as well as alumni. With the school, you definitely make what you want of it; if you want to keep to yourself, then that is easily possible, but if you want to socialize and be involved, there are more than enough organizations available to guarantee student involvement.

    Am learning a lot

    The Core Curriculum grants students the opportunity to experience the different fields of study and the various departments available. Once you decide which course you want to take for an intended major, there is generally a numerous amount of electives for your major that enable you to delve further into your intended area of study. Not only this, but you are able to specify your intended major by choosing speciality electives within your major that may be of particular interest. The courses are definitely challenging and force you to think analytically and critically about the material, but this provides students with the necessary tools to succeed in life outside of class such as internships and jobs. Despite the challenges and the difficulties of the coursework, the classes and the school provide the resources to succeed. The relationship between students and professors is not only confined to the classroom, but professors are often available for office hours and individual appointments as well. There are tutors available as well.

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 8 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want to challenge yourself going into college, are open to new experiences, and generally love research, this is the college for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    UofC is a daunting school. Visit before accepting. Also make sure your uniqueness comes out in your resume. The school is made up of eccentric, talented, driven students. Prove you're one of them.

    Bang for the buck

    To go the UofC, you pay through the nose, but you also get the best teachers, the best research opportunities, and a heck of a lot of experience to bring forward.

    Did enjoy being here

    Though fun may not come to die here, it is a bit muted. There were full weeks when I couldn't do anything but study or suffer, and all my friends had the same problem.

    Did learn a lot

    UofC is an incredibly demanding school for undergrads just out of high school. The teachers expect excellence, and the top students from high school will find themselves at the middle of the pack at Chicago. However, the knowledge I gained in such a short period was immensely helpful and stimulating every step of the way.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 9 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights that have a 2 minute response time, private security, and shuttles all-night that will take you anywhere around campus. Use common sense and you will be safe.

    Bang for the buck

    You will get a great education at one of the best schools in the world with some of the smartest kids you will ever meet.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with your friends, go into Chicago, or go to one of the many events the University and its students put on like Scav. Hunt or Humans vs. Zombies.

    Food and Dining

    Better than a lot of places, but not the best in the world by a long shot.

    Dorm Life

    The housing system here is great and really helps you meet new friends and upperclassmen.

    Academic Rigor

    Even the blow-off classes aren't just an easy A, you have to work for your grades here.

    Tips for prospective students

    The admission's department really looks for people who are a good fit. Your essays are a key part of this and are very important. Show your personality through your essays.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is one of the best universities in the world. You will work extremely hard, learn a ton, and have a great time. You will meet amazing people and don't worry fun never dies here.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 10 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Although Hyde Park isn't known to be absolutely the safest, the campus has many security measures set in place. You can call up a van that will drive you from wherever you are to wherever you need to be at any time (SafeRide, I think it's called), the campus shuttle runs at night, and you can even call a campus police car to follow behind you as you're walking home, if you're feeling a bit nervous.

    Greek Life

    About 10% of students are part of Greek Life, so people who aren't a part DEFINITLEY don't feel left out. Pretty much everyone is invited to most of the parties, as well. Some of the fraternities are co-ed community service fraternities, which I thought was pretty cool. Greek Life at UC is not at all like it would be at your typical state school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's practically everything on campus. There is a gigantic array of clubs and activities (several hundred, ranging from the conventional to the absolutely absurd), and people are always starting new clubs (anyone is free to). A note to music students: while there is no music performance degree offered by the college, there are still plenty of opportunities. There is a music degree, which is basically an academic degree (theory, history, etc.). There is also a number of very strong music groups, like the University Symphony Orchestra. There's an audition at the beginning of the year that matches you to the ensembles you would be good for, as well as to a private teacher -- the University will pay 10-60% of the cost of your private lessons, and some students even get to take lessons from Chicago Symphony Orchestra members! I found pursuing music at UChicago to be preferable (at least for me) to following a traditional music performance program at other schools.

    Great for these types of students

    Curious, intellectual, desiring a broad education, desiring an education that is more focused on knowledge for knowledge sake than preparing for a very specific career path (although Chicago Careers In... program provides tons of help setting students up in strong careers). If you're curious and quirky, this is the perfect school. If you consider yourself pretty indie (or, hipster, to not mince words) you'll also probably love it, in all honesty.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I believe the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction or something of a similar sort was created on campus. Fermi stayed in a dorm in Snell-Hitchcock residence hall. $1 milkshakes on Wednesdays are a pretty darn good tradition if you ask me. Burton-Judson residence hall is essentially Hogwarts. Many of the residence halls are historic. Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House is on campus (if you're not an art history buff, that's arguably the most famous house by arguably the most famous American architect). The Rockefeller chapel is absolutely gorgeous. There are multiple museums on campus, like the Oriental Institute (about Near Eastern culture) and the Smart Museum of Art. The Logan Center for the Arts is an absolutely amazing building opening this fall that has incredible facilities. Oh, SCAVENGER HUNT -- every year, almost everyone campus participates in a massive, insanely ridiculous scavenger hunt. Items on the list have included things like assembling a nuclear reactor (and people actually did it). It's pretty intense. Also, if you're admitted, you get a nice maroon scarf in the mail!

    Bang for the buck

    Their financial aid is pretty much unsurpassable -- they're rivaled by the famously generous Ivies, but otherwise they're quite good. The Odyssey Scholarship ensures that most students whose family incomes are below $90,000 will not have to pay any loans. They also are one of few prestigious schools that offer merit scholarships, and they give National Merit Finalists $2,000 a year, or $1,000 a year for students not on financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Join one of the hundreds of RSOs (what UC calls their clubs), explore Chicago (your UChicago ID doubles as an arts pass that will get you discounts and even get you in to places like the Art Institute for free!), chill in Hyde Park, ride your bike or take a run along Lake Michigan, play on an intramural or club sports team...if there's something you want to do, it's pretty much guaranteed that you'll find it, unless you're into white-water rafting or something -- there isn't really a lot of super wild area anywhere near the school.

    Food and Dining

    There are four or so dining halls on campus, all with a variety of options, including vegan, vegetarian, Kosher, Hallal, etc. The food is really quite good, and there's a wide variety. I believe one dining hall even has its own Mongolian Grill? Your meal plan also includes maroon dollars which can be used of buy things from some convenience shops on campus. There are also many cafes around campus, with names like Hallowed Grounds, and one shop sells milkshakes for $1 on Wednesdays! Dining halls close on Saturday evenings so that you're encouraged to go check out places in Chicago. I don't even need to elaborate on how amazing food is in the city -- it's Chicago! If you don't want to go far, there are some incredibly cool restaurants in Hyde Park, just a few minute walk from campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are brand new dorms on campus in crazy modern styles (one dorm, known as Max P, is remiscent of an orange Lego) while other dorms are in a gorgeous neo-gothic style, so essentially everyone is bound to find a dorm they like. Some dorms have less than 100 people in them, some have several hundred. Some are off-campus, some are right on the quads. Additionally, UC has the house system (like in Harry Potter!) -- each student is assigned to a house. You meet with your housemates for meetings and a variety of activities, and you even have a house table in one of the dining halls. Plus, you can compete as a house in intramural sports teams.

    Academic Rigor

    UChicago has a variety of t-shirts with slogans poking fun at their notorious academic rigor. One says If we wanted A's, we'd go to Harvard. You'll probably hear a lot about grade deflation, but as it turns it out UC just doesn't have grade INFLATION. Everyone is required to complete the core curriculum (this is UC's signature), which consists of several classes in basically all subjects. UChicago requires you to be knowledgable across a broad range of subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be creative and explore your interests. UChicago is famous (notorious?) for their quirky essay prompts, and be sure to have fun with these. You don't necessarily have to be off-the-wall for the prompts either, though -- my essay was just a very sincere account of an experience I had. Just take advantage of the opportunity to elaborate on your personal story. Also, try checking out the UChicago Admissions Tumblr page -- it'll give you a lot of great information and a great taste of what life on campus is like. And of course, the school is selective, so take challenging classes, get good grades, blah blah blah. Just remember -- they like curiousity and personality.

    In three sentences

    The U of C is focused on academic rigor and, as they frequently talk about, the life of the mind. It's an incredibly intellectual school in a fun neighborhood in an amazing city. At UChicago, you will be encouraged to learn a lot, but you will also experience one of the most important cities in America.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 11 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    After some Security alerts, the school hired two 24-hour Quad guards, which has greatly improved conditions. Otherwise, it's common knowledge that Chicago is not the safest place to be but as long as you're careful and not walking alone somewhere at 4am there won't be any problems.

    Greek Life

    There is your typical street lined with frat houses that get loud on weekend nights when more than 300 people show up to a themed frat party. In the day, though, Greek life does not have huge visibility.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can't go wrong with more than 500 clubs ranging from the Zombie Apocalypse club to the reputed United Nations team, numerous IM sports, and a city in your backyard.

    Great for these types of students

    Curious, motivated, adventurous, smart.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Scav--a four-day adrenaline-filled scavenger hunt, the largest in the world. Over 300 items ranging from an original music composition to a nuclear reactor--we have broken Guinness world records, brought a caged tiger from the zoo to the Quad, and even had governmental agencies keep an eye on us (in the case of the nuclear reactor, which was successfully built).

    Bang for the buck

    UChicago is indeed one of the most expensive schools in the nation, but its location is unparalleled and its education has an international reputation. If you are willing to work hard and play hard, this school will be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Explore! Relax on the beach and watch the city from a bonfire at Lake Michigan, go shopping on Michigan Ave, drink bubble tea from Chinatown, look through art galleries at Pilson, find great deals in Belmont thrift stores, and more...there is no place in the world like Chicago.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls (Bartlett, South, and Pierce) serve typical college food but fortunately they have become more health-conscious as well. Otherwise, there is always Hutch, which contains things like Subway, Noodles, Papa John's, and more.

    Dorm Life

    The College has an extensive dorm life. Each student is placed in a House, which sits together in the dining hall and has personal House traditions such as apple-picking and more. There will always be fun, House-sponsored trips to a Chicago Bulls game or a Broadway show, and each House has two study breaks a week!

    Academic Rigor

    What our school is known for. The Core will give you a thorough foundation and the ability to hold discussions on various topics (the most well known sequences: HUM, which is the equivalent to a Freshman English class ranging from Readings in World Literature to Media Aesthetics to Philosophical Perspectives, and SOSC, a reading and writing-intensive sequence based on social, economic, and political thought), while each major here is guaranteed quality.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go in with the Where fun comes to die mentality--that's a joke, not meant to be taken seriously. Loosen up and have fun!

    In three sentences

    A terrific school with an unmatched campus, diverse and intelligent people, over 500 clubs, and inspiring professors. You can't go wrong with this school, especially when it's also within a 15 minute walk to the Lake Michigan shore and less than 40 minutes of public transportation from downtown Chicago, Chinatown, and some other quirky towns.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 12 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    From what I've heard, the campus is actually extremely similar in appearance to Hogwarts, so anyone who loves Harry Potter should definitely at least check out UChicago. I can also see the university attracting students who want to be challenged in the classroom and in life. UChicago is for those who want to make the world their classroom and take learning into their own lives--examining the academic details and facts of the mundane.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your options open. Don't limit yourself to one or two schools because in the end, you can make a spot for yourself at almost any university. Start taking and practicing for your SAT/ACT early, and don't give up. Take them until you literally cannot take them anymore because you will increase your scores. Make sure you practice between exams.

    Bang for the buck

    The University has a fairly high price-tag, and no one can say that it doesn't. However, especially if you're looking toward grad. school later on in your education career, I've seen everywhere that UChicago is one of the best undergrad universities. It provides you with the ability to think critically for yourself, a skill essential in grad. school.

    Will enjoy being here

    Being in Chicago and being able to exploit all the different cultural events that that means can be no less than stimulating. From what I've seen, too, student life is very well developed on campus with residential colleges and extra-curricular activities that range from theater to sports to competitive writing.

    Will learn a lot

    From everything that I've seen, UChicago provides a caliber of coursework that is difficult to match. The breadth and the depth of the courses is definitely at the top of every ranking, and this is one of the major factors for me in determining a university to attend.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who seek knowledge and those who are unafraid to back down from a challenge.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    * Polar Bear Run - running naked across the quad during the coldest week of January. * Jumping into the lake on the first and last day of class.

    What to do for fun

    Go participate in a few intramural sports when the weather is nice, or play in the snow with your friends when it's cold! Hundreds of clubs provide many options for the varying interests on campus. For a more relaxing atmosphere, board games and house trips are ideal fun.

    Food and Dining

    Often the food gets repetitive and sometimes its content is questionable, but it is definitely edible and much higher in quality than many other colleges.

    Dorm Life

    The house system forms a perfect foundation for getting to know people and making friends. The dorms are all unique in personality, and you can always switch out to one that suits you more.

    Academic Rigor

    UChicago's course expectations and workload are not to be underestimated. It's ideal for anyone looking for a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    No procrastination, no worries; easier said than done. Get to know your professors and classmates! You'll find you can have a great time even while struggling to answer astrophysics problem sets.

    In three sentences

    There is no end of things to do, ranging from economics lectures to playing frisbee on Stagg Field. Classes are difficult - even impossible at times, but everyone finds a way to pull through. Because all students suffer equally and together, there is a campus-wide empathy that founds a unique sense of community.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The University of Chicago has one of the highest tuitions in the United States. Though the institution does offer a lot of opportunities and excellent academics, there are many other similar institutions which offer more social opportunities

    What to do for fun

    Many students join RSOs (registered student organizations) in their first- or second-years. The Greek community, though small at the university, is very close-knit and welcoming. The students involved in Greek life participate in various philanthropic events, barbecues, pool parties, etc. which generally occur on a weekly basis and are open to all. In addition, there are many sports teams, club sports, multi-cultural organizations, student government opportunities, and many more chances to have fun that are widely available to all students. Because this is a smaller school, there is always space available to those who wish to join an organization.

    Food and Dining

    The dining system at Chicago is similar in most aspects to other university dining systems: buffet-style is offered for flat rate at the beginning of the year. The amount of times one can utilize this dining system depends on the plan purchased, of which there are five. Some plans offer credits, which can be used in outside locations, such as local coffee shops, bookstores, etc.

    Dorm Life

    The university uses a house system which entails various houses under different names, all of which have their own living room space, mottos, mascots, etc. Although this Harry Potter-esque lifestyle may seem fun to some, it is not for all. For example, if you end up in a house whose personality is vastly different from your own, you may find yourself very left out. However, a very specific group of people at the U of C very much enjoy this type of college living. In addition, there is a house family assigned to each house, which generally consists of a married couple and their children. Some individuals like this 'family' feeling, especially those who are from far away; others are not so fond of it, as the presence of both parental figures and resident assistants in every house can be somewhat suffocating, especially because they have a tendency to keep a very close eye on new students.

    Academic Rigor

    This university is known for (and proud of) the intense academics offered here. The quarter system results in an extremely fast-paced learning environment, which means missing a class could be detrimental to a course grade. Oftentimes, students must make a decision between having a social life and maintaining a decent GPA; there is a reason our motto Where Fun goes to die is so popular.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should really take advantage of the opportunities offered at the University of Chicago. There are so many interesting cultures both within and outside of Hyde Park that offer different types of foods, cultures, arts, shows, museums--you name it! Exploring the different Chicago neighborhoods enriches the college experience so much. In addition, the culture at the University of Chicago is incredibly diverse and very interesting. Make sure to join a few clubs, a Greek organization, or a sports team. This environment is so special because, no matter the various heritages, religious believes, political leanings, community involvement, etc. all the students here seem to share the same curiosity and passion for learning which makes the U of C experience so unique.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is both academically rigorous and rich in culture. My experience at the university has been interesting--I have met people from all over the world, experienced incredible things, such as travelling to different countries and meeting prominent political figures, and learned a lot of things about myself along the way. It is not always easy here, and it took some time to get used to, but now that I have found my place at the University of Chicago I can say with out a doubt that I have become more well-rounded, understanding of different people and places, and a better person overall.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 15 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    Well, someone was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight in front of the library the other day.

    Greek Life

    It exists... but I would hesitate to associate it with Greek Life. Greek Life of the Mind, maybe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Who has time?

    Great for these types of students

    Students who see college as a means to an end. Students who do not care about their mental health. Students who care more about competing with (and beating) peers than becoming friends with them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm going to use this section to explain why I would have rather gone to a lesser school (according to those stupid ranking-things). And it's not because I'm failing or whatever. I have mostly A's, a few B's. As it is, I'm here, and with such an emphasis on college anymore, everyone gets a 4-year degree, so due to the incredibly large quantity of qualified 4-year graduates turned out by universities every spring, a bachelor's degree has effectively become worthless. So, in order for me to eventually find work in what I want to do, I'm looking at 4 years of undergraduate study (at a university that tends to produce more and more disillusioned students each year, transformed from the eager undergrads who used to love learning for the sake of learning), and then 4+ years of law school at another highly esteemed, overrated university that does nothing but beat its students down over and over again, while telling them all the while that the only thing that matters is the fact that they're attending a school with a name that will get them places. I'm lucky to be here, but am I really? It will certainly get me places, but the question is whether those places that are said to be important to get to are where I really want to end up or rather where society thinks I should end up. Every day I wonder what I'm doing here. A little voice in the back of my head is saying that truthfully, I wish I weren't here, but every other part of me that has been taught that I should be grateful for the chance to go here, that attending a top-5 school is the ultimate achievement, that I should be thankful for this opportunity (which I am), drowns that other voice out almost constantly.

    Bang for the buck

    It depends on what you're looking for. If all you want is something that will catapult you into the higher realms of intellectualism, this is it... but the truth is, your pretty-smart-but-maybe-not-UChicago-smart friends will end up in the same place. Maybe they only went to state school, but they probably made straight A's while you were struggling for C's at UChicago.

    What to do for fun

    This question literally doesn't apply to UChicago.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. If you can find time to eat amidst the constant studying.

    Dorm Life

    So many strange, strange people who want to do nothing but find out how intelligent you are compared to them and make fun of you for either being stupid (if you're not as smart as they are) or full of yourself (if you're smarter than they are). Everything. Is. So. Overly. Competitive.

    Academic Rigor

    The self-deprecating sayings? They're not some funny joke.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you see college as a means to an end, and the end you're looking for relies on your attendance at one of the best colleges in the world, great. Come here. But if you're looking for something else besides just a stepladder to get to some other goal, don't come here. If you're looking for a college experience, you won't find it here. If you're looking for four years that you will look back on fondly for the rest of your life, this isn't the place. UChicago is for people willing to sacrifice everything--socialization, sanity, happiness--to get ahead.

    In three sentences

    Try as I might, I can't come up with a reason why I like this school. It's UChicago; people don't come here because they like it. They come here for where it will get them.

  • 06/05/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 43 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 16 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    well rounded,academic.real community service

    Tips for prospective students

    submit your application

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    good transportation. just use your common sense and nothing bad will happen

    Greek Life

    it exists

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a ridiculous variety of clubs on campus. don't know if this is unique to chicago but yeah

    Great for these types of students

    people who like school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    scav, polar bear run

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive. But probably a good education as far as educations from universities go.

    What to do for fun

    Your own hobbies. Walk around hyde park..restaurants, parties, talk with people, or, of course, something in Chicago

    Food and Dining

    +1 Convenience of a meal plan -1 Dining halls aren't that great +1 Restaurants around hyde park

    Dorm Life

    There's a house system, and people that like dorm life have found it great.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes aren't very rigorous, but for the most part they are. So if you're into that just be aware.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go here but don't be starry-eyed about the core.

    In three sentences

    Is a nice place, a little isolated. People are academic-driven but you can find people who aren't. Classes are of course hard...and the party scene isn't dead if that's what you're into

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Hyde Park can be sketchy but the UCPD are REALLY on top of things. There are occasional muggings but if you're smart, alert, and cautious there are really no safety concerns.

    Greek Life

    Ha. Ha. There are frats and sororities but let's be real here.

    Clubs and Activities

    UChicago has TONS of clubs (called RSOs) and activities constantly going on on campus. Undoubtedly you'll find ones you're interested in and if not, you can start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are passionate about learning and not about beating the person next to them. Those who want to never be bored and who like being involved in tons of clubs and immersed in their studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Scav and Humans Vs Zombies top my list as two of the strangest (allbeit wonderfully charming) UChicago traditions. I'd describe them but wouldn't do them justice.

    Bang for the buck

    UChicago is expensive but the more time I spend there, the more I realize it is worth it. You truly are growing not only as a student but as a person and that is invaluable.

    What to do for fun

    One of the main reasons I chose this school was because of the amazing city of Chicago, located a short bus and L ride from the campus. There you can find tons of things to do--shows, dining, shopping, concerts and more and the best part is that activities are sometimes subsidized by the school!

    Food and Dining

    Okay, so, the food is not great. That doesn't mean it's inedible and I never went hungry. It just takes a little bit of creativity and memorization of the food schedule to find your favorite meals.

    Dorm Life

    UChicago got it right when they implemented the house system here. The close-knit community they create not only makes the dorms home, it keeps off-campus residents part of the family. House parties, trips, and events are some of the best memories of every student.

    Academic Rigor

    There's no pretending this school isn't one of the most academically vigorous in the nation. But that's how top-rate education should be, yes?! Ignore the horror stories or the where fun comes to die slogans; UChicago balances work and play wonderfully.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in to the school with an open mind and eager attitude. There are so many exciting people, clubs, organizations, and events going on on campus that you'll miss out on if you are judgmental or don't embrace all the opportunities on this campus and community.

    In three sentences

    UChicago is the school for kids who sincerely love learning and are looking to be challenged in their educational experience. The workload is vigorous, yes, but the classes are interesting and professors are dedicated. The entire time you're here, you know you are getting a top-notch education while being around the most quirky, fascinating, and genuine student body.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The University is surrounded by some neighborhoods which aren't so nice; however, campus security is prevalent, there are shuttles at night and the University has an alert system to let students know, immediately, of any threats. Sometimes, I feel uneasy walking home by myself late at night and it's not really a smart idea to be on your phone or listening to music walking alone but students can stay completely safe by paying attention to their surroundings and not taking any unnecessary risks.

    Greek Life

    There are four sororities on campus and about 8 fraternities- Greek life is not a big part of Chicago life. While the fraternities do have parties most weekends and the sororities host events such as Mr. University, students tend to have a more negative opinion of Greek life and it's not advertised much by the University.

    Clubs and Activities

    Activities here are called rso's or registered student organizations. Along with varsity athletics, the college has a lot of club sports and intramurals. If sports are not your thing, the University has a competitive Model United Nations group, debate team, and quiz bowl. There are also a lot of volunteer clubs such as Health Leads and Neighborhood Schools Program which gets students involved with kids in the local Chicago public schools. Each quarter there is a fair where all the groups come to advertise their club so students can sign up.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Chicago is great for students who love to learn, debate, and try new things. It is in an urban setting so it's good for those who enjoy that lifestyle and want to meet a lot of culturally diverse people. Finally, it's a good school for those who may have been shy in high school or unsure of where they fit in because at the University of Chicago, anyone can find a place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University has an array of gothic architecture and sculptures- the entire camps at times feels like an unusual location. There is a statue by the library called the Fermi statue which commemorates the first nuclear reactor, built underneath the football bleachers at the University. There is a seal in the student union and the rumor is that anyone who steps on it will not graduate in four years; students, literally will tiptoe around this so as not to brush against it. Finally, a few blocks away from the main quad is a park with a plaque dedicating the first time Barack Obama and Michelle kissed (the presidents home is only a few blocks away from there as well).

    Bang for the buck

    While the University of Chicago is expensive, the payoff and help from the school is wonderful. The school has worked with my family to provide a financial aid package which is affordable and I know that my education here will provide me with fantastic opportunities. This summer, I received a paid internship with the Illinois Governor's office after only my second year on campus. The resources at the career advancement office at the school helped me land the job- they are a team which offers resume and cover letter review along with guidance in employment-seeking. I feel confident my education at Chicago will result in a fantastic job or an acceptance letter to a top law school; the University of Chicago is definitely worth the investment.

    What to do for fun

    The University of Chicago is located only 7 miles from downtown- it is a fifteen minute Metra ride from the loop. There is always something to do in the city- most students go to plays, explore neighborhoods, and eat out downtown on the weekends. On campus, there are student performances in everything from ballet to improv comedy; the fraternities throw parties on the weekends along with students who live off campus. If partying isn't for you, many students enjoy spending a night having a picnic on the beach or hanging out in the dorm lounge watching movies.

    Food and Dining

    For being situated so close to downtown, the options at the University of Chicago can be lacking. The dining halls are not great- last year they were shut down for health code violations and while they do offer lots of options, at times the facilities are not clean. The student center has many options which are better bets such as Papa Johns, Qdoba, Einstein Brothers Bagels, and Subway.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a critical aspect to the Chicago experience. First year students are required to live on campus and many stay for a second year then move off after. Dorms are comprised of houses all of which have their own personality, tend to be a small number of students, and are tight-knit. In the dining halls, all houses have their own table which can eliminate any of the anxiety about where or who to sit with. The University decides where the students live but the students submit their top three choices, usually after consulting the dorm guide and visiting. Some dorms are located far from classes; one of the dorms is, literally, on the main quad. One of the dorms is where most of the athletes live and another is where the more reserved kids reside. The University of Chicago dorm life is unique in that it tries to create a variety of environments and communities through their housing system rather than randomly assigning kids where to live.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are tough and it's what the University is known for. It is not uncommon for students to spend all night at the library and the coffee shops certainly make their money off sleep-deprived students; however, no one at the school would have it any other way. The University is on the quarter system which means the classes are 10 weeks with the 11th week being comprised of exams. With this structure, students can take three batches of classes a year rather than two on the typical semester system. The school's educational experience is divided into three parts: 1/3 are the core requirements which all students must take, 1/3 are the classes in a student's major, and the final 1/3 are electives which can result in a double major, minor, or are simply an assortment of classes a student finds interesting. While the classes are tough, the love of learning at the school is apparent through all the options for classes and the work ethic of the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    The essays in the application process are crucial- make sure to take a lot of time writing them and to be sure your voice shines through. The essay questions are usually strange- topics in the past have included, Find X, Write about a jar of mustard, and Where, exactly is Waldo. Brainstorm, write multiple drafts, and be sure you can hear yourself in your words when you are finished. The essays are probably the most important part of the application. Overall, be sure your application reflects your love of learning and any unique interests you have. Be original. Also, visit the campus and interview if possible- it cannot hurt, only help an application. For younger students, focus your time in high school on what really interests you- do not worry about padding your application with a million activities but find your niche instead. Chicago loves ideas and students with passion for academics- make sure those two aspects shine through in an application.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is an urban neighborhood filled with Gothic architecture and students passionate about learning. While the workload at times feels unbearable, getting to learn from some of the best professors in the field makes up for it. The community at the university is like no others, filled with a diverse group of people dedicated to not only academics but bettering the city and, in some cases, the world.

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that are naturally inquisitive and have a love of knowledge!

    Bang for the buck

    Recent articles in Yahoo Finance are focusing on the value of a higher education. While other colleges seem to be volatile in their bang for the buck, the University of Chicago always stands strong and in fact is ranked number in several of the articles.

    Will enjoy being here

    I definitely think I will enjoy being here because of the awesome atmosphere UChicago has. The kids there were super friendly and interesting. Also, there seems to be coffee available everywhere, and I'm an addict so...

    Will learn a lot

    I visited the school in April and it was an amazing experience! I was able to attend several overviews of different subjects and one especially I enjoyed was the economics one lectured by one of their Nobel Prize winners. The classes are small and in depth from what I experienced!

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The same vaguely-adequate Aramark that many colleges have. Buffet style dining halls, with good hours and a 'fourth meal' from 8pm-12am.

    Academic Rigor

    You can certainly find challenging classes if you look, and the average student is very intelligent, interested, and well prepared. Many students and profs pride themselves on being more rigorous than harvard, and some of them might be right. The raw length of the assignments is totally manageable, but expect actual challenges. Intro classes are still intro classes, though, so don't expect to be intellectually awed on Day 1.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have one of the largest private police forces in the world, and security updates are sent anytime someone is caught in an unfortunate situation. Of course, being in a big city you still have to take precautions, but it's almost never a threatening environment.

    Greek Life

    It's definitely there! The great thing about Greek life on campus is that it's not pervasive, and not necessary if you are looking to be social. If you do want to do Greek life, there are over a dozen fraternities and sororities that are very active -- and you'll find that most people in the Greek system are incredibly intelligent.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you enjoy doing anything, there's probably a club for you here. I've found groups I had never even heard of before, and every club here is very open to newbies.

    Great for these types of students

    People who enjoy learning anything and everything.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Scavenger Hunt. Truly the oddest time to be on campus (unless googly eyes on every campus building is the norm for you).

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Chicago, for all its great points, is unfortunately one of the most expensive schools in the country. You will have to work for your money if you end up here -- be it scholarships, internships, or campus jobs. You will likely graduate with quite a bit of debt; but if you land a competitive banking job thanks to your Economics degree and the career service on campus, or really love engaging your academic field of study, what does it matter?

    What to do for fun

    Some students tend to forget that there is a sprawling metropolis of over 5 milllion people in our backyard! If you like fancy restaurants, exploring vibrant neighborhoods, or concerts and shows, there is always something to do. Campus events happen all the time, and we have some great free museums if you don't ever feel like straying too far from home. Plus, you can almost always find a party on the weekends, in your dorm or in one of the dozen frat houses.

    Food and Dining

    There are three main dining halls on campus, and all first years are required to be on a meal plan. Food ranges from decent to depressing, and the staff can be a mixed bag of friendly to callous. Occasionally, it may be tough to find food on campus, and all dining halls are closed Saturday nights to force you to explore. But thanks to the Housing system, there is usually someone at your dining hall to talk to, and some of your greatest conversations will happen at the dinner table.

    Dorm Life

    All students are required to live in the dorms their first year. Dorms range from ivy-covered stone buildings from the 1890s, to modern and eye-catching architecture. Dorms are divided into houses of 60-100 students, that do everything together from rock-climbing to weekly study breaks. Most of your first friends will be your housemates. Dorm life varies between dorm halls, however, and there are some that are more active in campus life than others (this is slowly changing, though).

    Academic Rigor

    This school is tough. In addition to being taught by world-class professors at the top of their field, the courses take place over a span of only ten weeks thanks to the Quarter system, instead of 18 weeks at most colleges. If you get in, be prepared for 100+ pages of reading a week, midterms after midterms, and problem sets that work you to the bone. At the end of the day though, you will feel both smarter and rewarded.

    Tips for prospective students

    With such eccentric and puzzling essay prompts, many applicants feel they have to turn the weird up a notch in order to even have a shot at getting in. Don't try and amplify your quirks to impress the admissions officers -- presenting yourself as a capable student with an interesting personality traits should be enough. Also, an interview always helps, and usually feels more like having coffee with a friend than applying for a job. Don't be intimidated.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is known more for its academic rigor and all-encompassing intellectualism than its campus life or party scene. This is far from true, however! If you're looking for hard-hitting academics, a picture-perfect campus, top-notch amenities AND an active and engaging student body, the University of Chicago might be right for you.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UCPD is the second largest police force to the Vatican.

    Greek Life

    Hilariously pathetic.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fantastic! Especially if you are a writer.

    What to do for fun

    Good night life, very relaxed drinking policies. Though if you're coming here for that reason, you've got the wrong school.

    Dorm Life

    But depends on the dorm. Very different feel in each.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't join extra-curriculars for title purposes- you are not in high school any more. Be wary of how you present yourself on the internet before coming here, you will be judged. Don't feel the need to prove your intellectualism all the time, you'll come off as pompous. Safest assumption: everyone around you is smarter and more well-read then you. See this new modesty as an opportunity.

    In three sentences

    UoC goes beyond its infamous tagline 'where fun comes to die'. Its actually enlightened fun, yet an ever-present intellectualism which isn't quite as overt as you might fear. It's certainly not a 'work hard then play hard culture', but rather a 'think hard and never stop playing'.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 68

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    In three sentences

    Chicago is seriously an awesome place to live, and UChicago is right in the heart of it. If you like New York, you should consider Chicago too.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The University of Chicago has probably a density of police force equivalent to metropolitan New York City. There are a lot of cops on campus, and campus is not very large at all. Unfortunately, Hyde Park is surrounded by poor neighborhoods and assaults/muggings are very frequent. Quite a number of my friends have been mugged, and one almost assaulted with a crow-bar. It's dangerous on campus, and one of my friends was mugged, along with his three other associates along with him. Being in groups doesn't help sometimes, but being cautious and alert does.

    Greek Life

    -Not familiar with it-

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs, lots of clubs, and lots of sports to choose from at the University of Chicago. There are singing groups that perform, dance groups that perform, martial arts clubs that regularly meet, specific academic interests groups that regularly meet. There is no shortage of clubs and extracurricular activities here.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is excellent for students who love and follow politics very much. There are hardly any students that I have met who do not have some sort of strong opinion on public policy and politics in the United States or abroad. There are a large amount of students who participate in MUNUC (Model United Nations of the University of Chicago) and the amount of work that people put into this club is possibly even more than for their classes. This university also hosts a very large secular/atheist club. I'm not an atheist, but expect to hear some vitriol towards religious persons from time to time. It's not usually upfront, but things can get heated at times.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year the University of Chicago hosts its annual Scavenger Hunt (called Scav), which usually involves a list of thousands of items. Some of these items carry decimal point values, some carry many more points Some items have included eating your own umbilical cord, creating a nuclear reactor (they're proud of that one), creating a miniature viking ship to burn and sing to in Lake Michigan, creating a huge six foot diameter ball.

    Bang for the buck

    If you make the most out of your time here this university can propel you into a career in any field that your heart desires. The academics are rigorous, the faculty sharp, and the researchers very dedicated. Find an internship here and work hard at it, because this university and the opportunities it offers are prestigious. If you do not take advantage of all of the opportunities that this university has to offer you may not get a good bang for your buck. This university costs approximately sixty thousand dollars a year. Dreams can be made or easily broken at this university.

    What to do for fun

    There's not much to do on campus in Hyde Park, since most of the neighborhood is either devoted to university campus research and administration buildings or to faculty housing. However, being in the city of Chicago there is plenty to do downtown or around the city. Downtown you can watch movies, go to symphonies, visit the city skyscrapers, or bike down Lake Shore drive. There are plenty of fraternities and Bar-Night where students can dance and have parties. Most of the action is off-campus however.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the University of Chicago is about average. For the first year of eating food that isn't home-made and having a wide selection of different styles of cooking is absolutely wonderful. However, having visited colleges like Notre Dame, and others, the dining experience at the University of Chicago is about average. There are restaurants on campus that have much better food than the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    The dormitories are often somewhat dilapidated at the University of Chicago. Some of the newer dorms like South Campus and Max Palevsky Hall are some of the more well-kept dorms, but other dorms like Burton-Judson have not changed much beyond what they looked like in the 1950s. I live in Burton Judson, and I saw a very old black and white photograph of one of the bathrooms in the dorm. The bathrooms had not changed in the probable half century that they had been frequented by undergraduate students. Prepare to be grossed out sometimes.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Chicago is known well for its academic rigor and intellectual life. The university operates on a quarter system in which classes span over a ten week period, a very quick time span to learn everything that the professor requires of you. A science and mathematics course can easily eat away 10-15 hours of study and homework, and if you are a major in these fields taking two or three of these subject area courses can be extraordinarily stressful and debilitating. Knowing how to pace one's self and study efficiently are essential for survival at this university.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you were at the top of your league at your high school be careful and be prepared to become closer to the middle or even bottom of your class when you enter this university. Undergraduate students come from around the country and around the world, and you will have to compete with the nation's and world's absolute brightest. Coming from a public school may put you at a strong disadvantage over private school students, but hard work, rigor, dedication, and above all, resourcefulness, can help you to succeed.

    In three sentences

    This university sports a very challenging academic atmosphere in which students often must make use of many different academic resources in order to stay on pace with other competing students. Student life ranges widely but the majority of students appear to belong to obscure sub-cultures that are nerdy, while others being a little bit more down to earth. Student facilities are less than ideal, since most of the money in the university goes to research, but the opportunities to work with world-renowned faculty and researches is phenomenally large.

  • 11/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for those that are really smart, into their education, and there for the sole reason of learning

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure before you decide if your going to attend that you visit because it may change your mind being it is a very intelligent school

  • 11/23/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 68

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who love the city, but who want to still have a secluded area to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Love cold weather, but be ready to work

    Will enjoy being here

    The city is great, but it snows here in the Winter, and it's freezing!

    Will learn a lot

    The curriculum here is, as far as I can tell, extremely challenging and diverse.

  • 12/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 28 of 68

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who love the city and all the opportunities that are offered with the city life.

  • 02/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 68

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    What to do for fun

    downtown chicago is nearby, which obviously has a lot to do, or there are on-campus restaurants and other places to go. there are things available for a wide range of interests

    Food and Dining

    the quality of the food is pretty good, but it can be boring

    Dorm Life

    open dorm experience, with clean buildings, and friends close by

    Academic Rigor

    incredibly rigorous, with a fair amount of work each week, but the classes are great

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you want to go to an academically rigorous school, because if you do not want to do work and study, this is not the place for you.

    In three sentences

    the school is very tough academically, but there are a lot of interesting people and the classes and teachers are great. a compact, pretty campus, with lots of things to do, especially being so close to downtown chicago

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Improving. Still in Hyde Park; so can't walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Not officially existent. If you really really care about it, don't come here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many RSOs. Some good, some just for the name.

    Great for these types of students

    Love academic inquiry. Already knew teleportation was possible. People who think getting a 4.0 means you didn't challenge yourself enough.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Too many to list. Normal people think they've landed on another planet

    Bang for the buck

    Undoubtedly expensive, but probably worth it if you use the networking resources/internship opportunities that come your way. Otherwise you'll be out a 100 grand without a career.

    What to do for fun

    Absorb city life. Visit the beach. Go to the museum. Enjoy a feature at Doc Films or a show at the Court Theatre. Learn.

    Food and Dining

    This has been up and down year to year (and even week to week). At its best, you get to taste new foods that you've never tasted so you think they're amazing. At worst, you get good nutrition. And you can always pay from pocket for Subway, sushi, and pizza (on campus).

    Dorm Life

    Not the greatest not the worst. Students form close-knit communities. Some of the buildings/facilities are a bit old, but that is definitely changing (and has changed over the last year). People don't really care about going out and having fun (are those phrases even English?)

    Academic Rigor

    In any college there are always some easy classes you can choose, unless you are at UChicago. You can challenge yourself no matter smart you are. Be warned though, not the easiest in terms of grading (which I actually preferred).

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to create an aura and passion for understanding; when I interviewed here I talked about how I studied quantum mechanics in high school on the side. They are not looking for people who are involved in every extracurricular activity, but rather who are passionate about learning and exploring

    In three sentences

    Students here love knowledge and learning. They love scholarly inquiry. And they are a bit quirky.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    I was told that with a bit of common sense, students are fine. Hyde Park is also one of the safest areas in Chicago.

    Great for these types of students

    Quirky bibliophiles would definitely fit in, it seems. I had no trouble talking to current students about what they liked about the university. Also, Harry Potter fans would love the campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Scav Hunt! I would love to get together with a house and hunt up some challenging objects.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but I think that the connections made at the university will help for years down the line

    Food and Dining

    There were some great restaurants near campus. I went to the Med for lunch there, and it was great. I'm pretty sure its a college hangout sort of cafe. Also, there are so many coffee houses!

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I love the idea of houses. Also, I was told that when you decide to attend, there is a survey that helps match you with a compatible roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, but one of the best in the nation. Those who honestly love to learn should do well. The college helps spring-board you into the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! The University of Chicago has tons of applications, and it is important that you stand out.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 68

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    What to do for fun

    Pretty much any fun activity is available here. Sports, parties, trip into cities, and social events are all held here. There is also an excellent film club.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not so great. All three dining commons failed health inspections last quarter. The dining commons are deceptively good when serving parents or prospective students as they will try harder for that brief period of time so people won't realize how bad they are.

    Dorm Life

    People are generally friendly and outgoing. Although homework does sometimes interfere with social life, fun social activities happen all the time. Generally, the administration strikes a good balance between freedom and protecting the peace.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is very rigorous. Courses can assign up to 40 hours of homework a week, although 10 hours per week is more normal for a more difficult class. There can be too much work at times where classes happen to give assignments at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk with other people about classes because that will help you find classes that fit you. The advisors don't have much time or knowledge so your peers are your best bets.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is a beautiful school filled with interesting, friendly people. The Core Curriculum, although it requires you to take many classes that you otherwise would not take, consists of interesting classes. The school offers academic challenge as well as good social and intellectual opportunities.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 68

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    Greek Life

    There is some.

    Clubs and Activities

    Model UN, Debating clubs, different cultural clubs, sports clubs, dancing clubs, academics clubs ...

    Great for these types of students

    Students who takes education seriously and really want to achieve something in their lives.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The biggest Scavenger hunt in the world! Summer breeze - concert of famous artist every year

    What to do for fun

    There are many students clubs, parties, Doc films ...

    Food and Dining

    There are varieties of different meals. The dinning hall is open from 7am till 8pm and sometimes from 10pm till 11pm. All freshmen have unlimited meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are divided into houses for 50-100 students who meet for weekly house meetings and do a lot of fun stuff together. Students from all years live together.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Chicago is absolutely focused on academics. Teachers are usually available to students. Some professors are Nobel Prize laureates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the campus and you will fall in love with it. Speak with current students.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is one of the best schools in the world. It is very academically focused and it offers great opportunities for academic career or career advancement in general. The campus looks like Hogwarts.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    UCPD, our campus police, is the world's second largest private police force, after the Vatican. They maintain a constant, visible presence all over campus and are good at their job. That said, if you aren't careful, you're asking for it. The university campus itself is pretty safe, even at night, but the surrounding area is a little frightening at times. There are periodic, non-violent muggings that usually amount to someone having their phone or bookbag snatched. You do have to keep an eye on your belongings and valuable electronics (especially smartphones and wallets) have a tendency to wander off if left unsupervised for long. Students generally don't enter the surrounding neighborhoods, for safety concerns. Being smart on the street will always keep you safe, but wearing an obviously-expensive coat while having your face buried in a smartphone will get you robbed in all but the most well-trafficked streets in any area of the South Side, especially at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is there if you want it, but by no means is it a dominating force on campus. People interact with it in three ways: people who enjoy it join a letter society (these people broadly fit the stereotype of greeks at other schools), others just go to parties and are otherwise unaffiliated, and still others don't interact with it at all and aren't are worse off for focusing on whatever else they do with their time. You do NOT need to be a greek to have a social life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Though I can't speak from personal experience, I hear nothing but wonderful things from my friends who engage in RSO (Registered Student Organization) activity on campus. There is a club for absolutely everything under the sun.

    Great for these types of students

    Bookworms, intellectuals, nerds, prep students, future professors, future IBankers, learners, wannabe politicians.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Scav Hunt is the big one. Google is your friend to find videos of it.

    Bang for the buck

    This really depends on how much financial aid you get and what career you are looking for.

    What to do for fun

    The opportunities in and around Chicago are limitless. Polish, Mexican, Chinese, Greek and Italian neighborhoods are vibrant. High-end shopping is robustly available downtown. Hyde Park has a variety of restaurants, coffee shops (many local and one Starbucks), and bookshops to check out. The biggest downside to all this is that with so much work to do for class, you may not have time to visit them all in four years.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are excellent. The food is tasty and there are options for every taste and diet (including halal, vegan, kosher). There are two dining halls (the third is closing in summer 2013) and they are both very good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are varied, but all have their strengths and weaknesses. The University is in the process of rebuilding the dorms, so a few are rather new, while most of the smaller ones are older, but have more character.

    Academic Rigor

    Even if you were a star student in high school, you'll be lucky to be in in the middle of the pack here. Classes are taken very seriously and there is grade inflation only in a few, select Core courses. You cannot pass classes without studying, much less get As.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure YOU are a good fit for the school. There is a definite and unique personality to the culture here and it may clash with your desires in terms of college experience. This is the sort of place where constant intellectual debate and conversation pairs with a very educated and inquisitive world view for an atmosphere you may love or hate.

    In three sentences

    This school is a fantastic place to get a serious education that will open to you every door in the world. The social climate is a mix of dorky nerd humor and prep school studiousness. People here are friendly and the professors are brilliant.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 35 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    Hyde Park is an oasis in the middle of a ghetto and there is a security guard on every corner to keep the locals out.

    Greek Life

    pfft., who needs it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots, but no time to have any fun due to crazy work load with classes.

    Great for these types of students

    Foreign kids who can pay full tuition, Rich kids who can pay full tuition, Chicago area kids who are on the Chicago Promise program that is paid for by the kids who are paying full tuition. (Chicago style re distribution of wealth)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cool buildings, cool house system, big price tag.

    Bang for the buck

    You will pay dearly unless you are on full scholarship in the Chicago Promise program. Completely not worth the 65 K a year for me, seeing that other schools offered me upwards of 40k a year in aid.......I'm just sayin'.....think this over before scr*wing your financial future with big butt loans to pay for that which another great University will give you for almost free....

    What to do for fun

    Hyde Park is in the middle of a ghetto, so stay in the University area. You can study, or study, or study. There is a security guard on every corner.

    Food and Dining

    Institutional. Plentiful. Not too tasty. Not much variety once orientation is over. Pretty much a bait and switch.

    Dorm Life

    Mixed sex floors and bathrooms. Interesting at best.

    Academic Rigor

    Crazy demanding, with some pretty marginal instruction in lower division classes. Some instructors have very callous attitude toward first and second year students because they feel teaching the core classes is beneath them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very aware that they do not give 100% of demonstrated need in the same way the other elite and Ivy League schools do- they are very resource aware and in my case, smelled some assets due to my dad being in a FLP that has big real estate holdings but provides no income to our family. They think that they should not give us any financial aid because we might get some money from my grand parents in future years. I was on the wait list and got accepted, but I think it was only because they thought they could get full tuition out of my grand parents. Fat Chance.

    In three sentences

    Where fun goes to die. Will meet your financial need if THEY determine you have one- just try it! Over recruits from wealthy zip codes to get full pay students to subsidize the Chicago Promise program.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 68

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    What to do for fun

    Chicago!

    Food and Dining

    Food is terrible and so are the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    The house system is a great way to make friends, but I sometimes wish it was easier to meet people outside your house.

    Academic Rigor

    This isn't the school for someone looking to get by through slacking off. Be prepared to work hard just to get by let alone do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun and don't forget to live a little.

  • 08/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 68

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    Clubs and Activities

    Fantastic! All of the RSOs that you could think of are at your fingertips.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who isn't afraid to be themselves.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During winter quarter we celebrate Kuvia, which is a week-long affair. Kuvia consists of having to wake up in the early morning (before sunrise) to head down to the athletic center with your housemates. The students are lead to do sun salutations to make the sun come up; then, students are released to participate in good-old-fashioned physical exercises with friends, be it from their own house or another one. Food is to be served every day. On the last day of Kuvia, everyone heads down to the lake to do their sun salutations in the snow (if there is any). Anyone who participates for the entire week receives a free t-shirt.

    What to do for fun

    Anything. There are a few museums on campus, as well in the Hyde Park area not too far from the main quads. You can go downtown on a weekend or a weekday that you don't have class, or visit any of the handful of residential neighborhoods we have close by.

    Food and Dining

    The dining food is good, and they offer a number of meal plans that work best for your dietary needs.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms are divided into houses, which have about 75-100 people leaving in that area, including your RAs (Resident Assistants) and RHs (Resident Heads, typically an adult or a family). The people in your house will soon become something akin to a large family, which helps alleviate any homesickness.

    Academic Rigor

    It's what you make it. Here at the University of Chicago, there is a wide range of students with different priorities and abilities. Depending on what you major in and the amount of the time you are willing to apply yourself academically determines the level of academic rigor your experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like the university for what it is, not where it is located. Although we are relatively close to downtown Chicago, the academics are rigorous enough that there is usually little time to head down using public transportation. Additionally, learn to find a balance between your academic responsibilities and your extracurricular activities--the trick is finding fun in the most unlikely places.

    In three sentences

    Here at the University of Chicago, I am accepted and loved for who I am, no matter what I bring to the table. The professors, teaching assistants and classmates procure a likeable academic atmosphere and build off of each other's thought-provoking ideas. The University of Chicago is my home, and I wouldn't want to have I any other way.

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    UChicago has the second largest private police force in the world. Need I say more?

    Greek Life

    Greek parties are the wildest!

    Clubs and Activities

    OMSA OBS Kuvia Questies

    Great for these types of students

    Black students should join OBS

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Streaking There's a house dog named Otto. Medici is a nice restaurant that everyone loves.

    Bang for the buck

    If you plan to attend UChicago, it is important that you prepare yourself mentally because the work load can become stressful. However, if you can manage your time well and stay focused in class, you shouldn't have a problem.

    What to do for fun

    Join a sports team or club Go to the gym Do an intramural sport Go to parties during O-Week Go bowling, play pool at the bar on campus

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't bad, but after a while you get tired of eating the same kind of dishes every day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fair; the people are generous and welcoming. The staff makes sure that students are well-acquainted with a clean, safe environment.

    Academic Rigor

    There's no secret that UChicago places the most rigor in academics. There will not be a day where you don't have homework, unless you get ahead of the class essentially.

    Tips for prospective students

    Aim high (around 28 or better) for the ACT. Keep your GPA as high as possible. Take as many AP classes as you can handle.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is a fast-paced, rigorous institution that only accepts the best of the best. The student body is predominantly Caucasian, with very few African-American students. However, the university has hundreds of activities, clubs, sports, etc. that are created to help students find their sense of belonging.

  • 06/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    UCPD - the UChicago police department is on top of their game. But, it is still unsafe to walk around Chicago streets at night without the possibility of getting robbed or molested. Please just be smart.

    Greek Life

    I dislike the greek life on campus. The Black fraternity and sororities are mostly city chapters, so there are few actual UChicago participants, and it's not as lively as state and public colleges, but if you really care about it enough, you'll still want to join and contribute something.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of RSO's visit the website! I'm a leader in the Organization of Black Students and we are making some really progressive moves in bettering the campus climate for the students of color.

    Great for these types of students

    Many people say that the students here are awkward and weird, but it's our quirkiness that sets us above the rest. I never really thought I was a nerd or awkward, but being here just shows me exactly who I am, and brings out my inner nerd. Here, being a nerd is a compliment, it indicates strong interest in your future and determination in your endeavors. However, I have not found myself so welcome in all areas of the college because of my Black heritage. If you value a robust social life, big parties and black culture, this is not the place to come unless you are an advocate for social change and willing to fight for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SCAV!!!!!! The world's largest scavenger hunt in the world is held right here on the University of Chicago campus. Staying up until the wee hours of the morning literally running around campus and climbing up trees looking for clues was probably one of the most exciting experiences of life here. House movie trips are another one of my favorite traditions; being able to see the new movies with your housemates at the theater is just so fun!

    Bang for the buck

    For whatever interest you have, UChicago has something to offer that complements it. No desire to learn has gone unattended here, everything is thought about, and if you are so innovative to not have your idea available, you can request to make your own class or RSO that addresses the issue. So, your future is easily cultivated on our campus if you get involved, and the classes are second to none. You know you're getting an Ivy League quality education here.

    What to do for fun

    Work out at Ratner Gym, participate in intramural sports like dodgeball, basketball, wallyball, and inner-tube water polo, join RSO's.

    Food and Dining

    It just seems like the food should be better since UChicago isn't a huge public school. It's definitely edible though, and maybe about a week out of each quarter you have some really good specialty or cultural food that sparks things up.

    Dorm Life

    Living in Max Palevsky has been such a fun, learning experience where I've meet tons of great, smart, and interesting people. Not only are the people great, but its close proximity to main campus allows me to get around quickly without having to wake up super early, and also right by the gym that is open until midnight. It is very clean, neat, modern living, that has just the right amount of support and privacy. I love my roommates, and my favorite part has to be the study rooms on each floor for late night studying when you don't want to go to the library!

    Academic Rigor

    I have never had work this hard before, but I also have never learned this much before. In addition, I'm not only learning about things in my specified Public Policy field, but going through the Core at UChicago exposes you to a variety of possible newly inspired interests and topics you never crossed before. The work here is no where near easy, but it is rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be alarmed by your first B or C. The work here is on a different level than other colleges, so don't be afraid of getting grades that you're uncomfortable with. Don't overdo studying, try to find different RSO's to become a part of and let your extracurricular interests flourish alongside your intellectual growth.

    In three sentences

    UChicago is definitely a place blooming with innovation and a truly visible love for academia. Students here spend all night and day in the library, opt not to sleep, and still read for fun regardless of the academic rigor. The activism on campus also brings a robust interaction between students and the surrounding community, fighting for justice and equality to enhance all areas of life for the citizens of this nation.

  • 07/07/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    Its has a rather large police force behind it and the campus itself feels pretty safe and protected. But you have to remeber this college is right outside of the hood.

    Greek Life

    Im not sure about it. If its there its not a HUGE part of the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activites at the school like the Fire Place appericiation club or the Hot Chocolate Apperication Club. Its a club for every student to partcipate in, and if not go ahead and make one.

    Great for these types of students

    That are ready for a heavy work load. Its a great school but its not for everyone including the genius that everything comes easy to. While its fun at times its a lot of work

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The ledgens and myths that are woven into the schools history. If you vist ask about the teacher Indiana Jones was modeled after. And ask about the nuclear reactor a group of STUDENTS built.

    Bang for the buck

    If you have the means to pay (rich, scholarship,fincial aid,ect) for the extremely high tution then by all means pay.

    What to do for fun

    Its tons of odd clubs and groups, the school is right by the beach and the museum of science and industry, and haper theater ($6 movie tickets and $3 in the morning) is practically right up the street.

    Food and Dining

    Its tons of choices from food trucks, to the on campus cafateria, to off campus resturants just know that some of these options will make a dent in wallet.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are old and cant be remodeled for historical purposes, but the ones that can be touched up are. And they are building newer more modern ones.

    Academic Rigor

    They want you to be an expert on what your studying so they give you tons of work to complete. Dont plan on getting the same grades that you did in high school. You just may get your first C in your academic career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Brush up harry potter, the unusual history, and develop some mean study habits.

    In three sentences

    The U of Chicago is a great school. Dont be blinded by all the good things that they have to offer, do your research and make sure you'll be happy. It has a lot to offer but so do a lot of other colleges and so do you.

  • 10/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    IS THE $42000 TUITION WORTH IT?

  • 11/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 4 people found this review useful. 42 of 68

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    Great for these types of students

    It is great for academic and artistic students. If you are one of these, apply here!

    Tips for prospective students

    I hope that every deserving student gets into this college. It is an exciting experience!

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is worth it!

    Will enjoy being here

    Though it is far from home, it will be very exciting livng in a new environment.

    Will learn a lot

    I believe that this school has many educational aspects.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Knowledge thirsty.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each house in the residential halls has it's own traditions, which sounds pretty cool.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown is only seven miles away and Lake Michigan is less than two miles away. It's incredible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on the supplement essays!!

    In three sentences

    The campus and surrounding neighborhood of Hyde Park are stunning. The students are happy to be there and even happier to tell prospective students their own stories and about the school. Most of all, the students are eager to learn and find learning enjoyable!

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    A huge, centrally located dining hall has all of the best home cooked and fast food options.

    Dorm Life

    Unique and character filled dorm buildings with an interesting system they call the house system, which is different groups within a dorm building that you take time to bond with during your years there.

    Academic Rigor

    A very top notch education. Basically an Ivy League school, it will take complete dedication.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour!! It is gorgeous, and totally worth the information session to sign up. It changes your mind about the school completely.

    In three sentences

    A complex, one of a kind education. The most beautiful campus I've seen. Difficult but worth it to apply.

  • 12/02/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Are underclassmen undergrads have different houses than upperclassmen undergrads or do undergrads of all classes are able to share one house?

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCPD is one of the largest private police forces in the country, and works with the Chicago Police Department to ensure the safety of UChicago students. There are also evening shuttle programs to transport students from their dorms to campus safely.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want an academically rigorous and cerebral environment, but are also interested in exploring unconventional means of fun (see traditions) will find UChicago a wonderful place to be during their undergraduate years.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Scav- Every year, for one weekend, UChicago students participate in the world's largest scavenger hunt to try to finish a list of over 300 items. There are road trip elements where students have been taken to Iowa, Canada, and Tennessee; a Scav Olympics where students compete in multiple challenges over the course of one afternoon; and some items that are just bizarre, like creating a drink-dispensing piano, or converting a bus into a bowling alley. Kuviasungnerk- a week-long January festival where hundreds of students wake up at 5 a.m. every day to do calisthenics or sun salutations by Lake Michighan, literally saluting the sun as it rises. Humans vs. Zombies- A quarterly event where hundreds of students fight the zombie apocalypse. Hosted by the UChicago Zombie Readiness Taskforce, one student (the lead zombie) attempts to spread a human-flesh craving virus among other participating students. Humans defend themselves by shooting nerf darts at zombies. If you are a human, and you're tagged by a zombie, you will become one. Buildings are safe, but the outside is not. If you are able to complete the final mission at the end of the week, you will have survived the zombie apocalypse.

    What to do for fun

    Campus events are hosted throughout the week by student clubs and organizations, and academic departments. Events range from student theatre, study breaks, dance performances, and guest speakers and performances (recent appearances have been Sleigh Bells, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and Ludacris), and more. If you are not interested in what campus has to offer, you also have the endless opportunities that the city of Chicago has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining at the University of Chicago is good, but not great. However students are pleased with the many food options they are given, ranging from Mongolian Grill, Kosher, Halal, classic Americana, and more. UChicago Dining has also been working to provide more vegan/vegetarian food offerings, as well as working to be more eco-friendly in its practices.

    Dorm Life

    The University of Chicago has a unique housing system. Not only are students housed in dorms, but within those dorms they are put into houses of smaller student communities of (on average) 70 students. A student's house is a place where they live, relax, and spend time with their friends. At the dining halls, most students sit with their house at their designated house table, this is where students eat (naturally), and continue to bond and relax with housemates outside of the residence hall. Students often go on trips with their house to downtown Chicago, exploring local neighborhoods, restaurants, theatre, and more.

    Academic Rigor

    In recent years, UChicago has become infamous with the saying that it is where fun goes to die. While this statement is entirely untrue, prospective students should be aware that this is a very academically rigorous environment. Though classes can be tough, it is important to note that the UChicago faculty is very supportive and eager to help students succeed in their courses. It is also important to note that while the University of Chicago is academically challenging, it is not competitive between students. Rather, students create a supportive environment in which they help one another achieve great results in their classes by studying together, peer editing papers, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your GPA and SAT scores are important to the admissions team. But what holds even more weight is the Uncommon Application supplementary essay. UChicago takes a lot of pride in its admissions essays and you should use them as an opportunity to show your creativity and wit, in addition to your life experiences and academic qualifications.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is an academically rigorous undergraduate experience. But more importantly, it is staffed with a faculty that is committed to fostering passion in its students in a wide array of subjects. The faculty and students create a comfortable, supportive and challenging environment that help you grow as both a student and a person.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Unsure, so I just put all four.

    Dorm Life

    From what I have seen. House system and in a good location!

    Academic Rigor

    Very top school

    In three sentences

    This is a top school on my list and I hope I can get in!

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is very safe. There are call boxes all across campus and strewn throughout the neighborhood, should you feel threatened.

    Clubs and Activities

    UChicago has something for just about everyone. If you can't find what you're looking for, chances are you can find a group of people interested in the same thing.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're sort of awkward, don't worry. You'll fit right in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UChicago was built on unusual traditions. These include Dollar Shake Wednesday (self-explanatory), Scav (the world's largest and quirkiest scavenger hunt), Kuvia (a winter exercise routine), and enough more to rival a Tolstoy novel.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a low-income student, UChicago offers amazing financial aid at a top-notch university. If you are more well-to-do, UChicago is a bit more stingy, but still offers some of the best this nation has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Go exploring! Don't stay on campus too often. Go roam around the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food is standard college dining hall fare. Dining halls close on Saturdays, which gives students opportunities to broaden their culinary horizons within Hyde Park and the rest of Chicago.

    Dorm Life

    The house system makes the dorms wonderful for underclassmen. Each house is its own community within the dorm, and provides great camaraderie during the tumultuous first weeks.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're looking for a cakewalk, find some other school. UChicago is one of the most difficult in the nation, and for good reason. The ten-week quarters contain the same amount of information as, if not more than, fifteen-week semesters.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be well-rounded, but passionate. This can't be stressed enough. Let the passion for a few activities shine through in your essay and extracurriculars; they shouldn't be lists of every activity available to you.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It has a great setting and curriculum. It also offers great attention to the student, making them feel welcome. The university looks great!

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    $1 milkshakes on Wednesdays

    What to do for fun

    What fun? It's mostly frat life, which is stunted in and of itself given the academic rigor of the school. Farther from downtown Chicago than anticipated and you never really have time to make the trek into the city.

    Food and Dining

    Multiple dining halls

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are really nice, such as Max P, but if you're placed at Pierce, it will change your entire experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Fantastic school academically; socially a bit challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be certain that an incredibly studious lifestyle is what you are looking for in a college. They proudly uphold the slogan The place where fun goes to die and they mean it.

    In three sentences

    An incredibly academic school you either love or hate. There is no middle ground

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Whatever you're looking for, you can find it. We have frat parties, we have drinking, we have football games, and all those classic college endeavors. But we also have Harry Potter trivia tournaments, a cappella performances, improv comedy--and, of course, you can always venture downtown for even more entertainment possibilities.

    Food and Dining

    We occasionally have health code type issues, but all in all the food and dining is pretty good here. There are options for vegans, vegetarians, and people with allergy or faith restricted diets. There are 2 dining halls (as of 2013-14), a food court with national chains, and more coffee shops than you can imagine. There are also two small grocery store type markets on campus. Your meal plan will more than cover all your needs. And if you get tired of campus dining, there are plenty of restaurants in the area to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    Our house system--kind of similar to Hogwarts--makes it easy to make friends. You live with your House, go on trips together, hang out in your lounge, eat at your House table in the dining halls... You will become very close! There is a lot of variety in each House, so you will get the chance to meet lots of different people.

    Academic Rigor

    While some core classes can be less-than-challenging, any classes you need for your major or minor will definitely put you to the test. You will be studying more than you ever have in your life. Academics come absolutely first here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Our acceptance rate is getting lower and lower--we're exclusive! Make yourself stand out in your application. Creativity does not go unappreciated here. If you're wait-listed, contact your regional counselor. Don't give up!

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is academically very challenging, quirky, and, above all, unique. People who love to learn for the sake of learning will be happiest here. Graduates go on to be very successful.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The south side of Chicago gets a bad rep, but here on campus we have the 2nd largest private police force in the world (after the pope). People that use common sense (don't walk alone at 2am) are safe.

    Greek Life

    Many people Go Greek There are a good mix and they can be the hub of friday and saturday night parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Countless Intramural sports from football to card games 300+ clubs Definitely something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers Creative thinkers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Scav- The biggest scavenger hunt in the world each spring. Humans vs. Zombies- nerf guns for protection against the undead O-Week- Orientation week for the first years: one of the best times i've had on campus. There are soooo many traditions

    Bang for the buck

    About 50% get financial aid Sticker price might scare off some people The connections made and material learned at the school are second to none.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Chicago is a quick train or bus ride away! In addition to all of the activities downtown, on campus there is something going on. Whether you're into fraternity parties, theatrical performances, or just hanging out in the house lounge, no one is ever bored here.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options at UC with 3 dining halls within a relatively close distance compared to other schools. The food is decent.

    Dorm Life

    The housing system is probably a top 3 reason to come to this university. It provides an instant group of friends for even the shyest and will always provide you with a group to sit with at lunch or attend extracurricular activities.

    Academic Rigor

    I would have never guessed how much work could come out of 3-4 classes a quarter. Know how to manage your time and you'll have plenty for socializing

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind. The core curriculum allows all students to experiment with classes and find things they might not have experienced in high school. Also, interact with as many people as possible. In a smaller, super diverse community you can often find reliable connections. Visit the campus. Many prospective student base their opinions on rumors that are easily demolished by a simple visit. Talking to current students will give you a better sense of the atmosphere

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is not only a top school, but the conversations that take place on campus are incredible. Even if aren't a nerd, may basic conversations even about sports can turn into something intellectual.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Museums, plays, musicals, sports events, parties on campus, parties off campus, downtown Chicago...you name it, we have it.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are alright.

    Dorm Life

    The house system is really great and people make tons of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    This place is hard. Get ready to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply EA, make sure your essay is great.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is a challenging yet rewarding experience. The job opportunities are endless after graduation.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Emergency stations are within easy reach and the personnel are on top of their game.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 350 student-run clubs!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Scavenger Hunt (aka Scav), $1 Milkshake Wednesdays, Dean Boyer's bike tour around the city, Mansueto Library (the coolest glass egg-shaped building!)

    What to do for fun

    You can visit the many museums, walk along Navy Pier, swim in Lake Michigan, and even catch a Cubs or White Sox game.

    Food and Dining

    Each dining hall has uniquely themed foods from day to day, and you can stop by anytime to enjoy a nice meal as long as you have your UChicago ID card.

    Dorm Life

    I have read that each residence hall is fit for any type of student. Everyone treats each other like family and there are so many entertaining activities to do in each house.

    Academic Rigor

    I have heard that the Core is the driving force behind academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Maintain good grades, even during senior year! Prepare well for the ACT and/or SAT. Express yourself the way you are in the college application essays, especially the supplement essay for UChicago. Be open and enthusiastic during your on-campus interview if you have one. (Don't worry, having vs. not having one won't affect the admissions decisions.) Continue your involvement in extra-curricular activities in and out of school.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is indeed one of the most prestigious institutions I know in the U.S. What sets this place apart from most others includes the following: the best-of-both-worlds location with easy access to downtown, the campus environment (namely the gardens and architecture), and the creative academic rigor. During my campus visit last year, I was definitely pleased with what I saw, and I am extremely glad to have chosen this university.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore other neighborhoods! While Hyde Park has a lot of restaurants, venturing out to neighborhoods like Pilsen, Wicker Park, or the Loop allow you to get an even greater variety of places to eat and things to do! It's great to go out on saturday nights when the dining halls as closed

    Food and Dining

    The food can be hit or miss, but things like fourthmeal (late night meal during the week) and the made-to-order pasta and noodle stations are definitely a great addition (and are often the best bet for good tasting food)

    Dorm Life

    The house system is really great! There's always someone to talk to, or something to do. It really makes it feel like a home and it's really a great place to be for your first year and beyond.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely hard, but the information you learn is really relevant. The classes in the core help expose you to a lot of topics that you otherwise would not have covered, so it's a great addition to your education

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be true to yourself in the application. Try to visit the campus if possible - it will motivate you even more.

    In three sentences

    Classes are challenging, but in a good way. Student life is fun, and the city is a great place to live. Overall, it's a great place to be

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    UChicago offers vegetarian/vegan friendly foods, and also the school has a ton of money so it can afford to have good food. Definitely don't worry about having bad food here at UC.

    Dorm Life

    My guide at UChicago told us all about how they loved the atmosphere in their dorm, as they were all more of a family. Everyone knew each other well and they supported the ones on teams or clubs that participated in these things. To me, sounds like dorm life is pretty great.

    Academic Rigor

    UChicago really aims to challenge its students. Be prepared for long nights studying! Not every night will be like that, but you'll definitely have some. No matter what class you take, each will try to challenge you and make you be creative, because that's the UChicago way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well in school, it's the best you can do. UChicago loves seeing kids who have challenged themselves, so if you haven't, get started. They don't look so much to GPA as much as your academic vigor, but obviously getting good grades will grab their attention. They also supersize your standardized testing, so if your tests seem all over the place they can get your true score. Also, don't fret! It's a popular and selective college but that doesn't mean you can't try to get in.

    In three sentences

    University of Chicago is the place for a vigorous learning atmosphere. They really don't let down, but if you love to learn this is really the place for you. Research opportunities are everywhere and the city offers a great chance for more social interaction and job opportunities.

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I cannot wait to visit the campus. I've heard absolutely wonderful things about this school and the campus itself. I hope it lives up to the high expectations I have set :)

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus boasts one of the largest private police forces in the world. There's one officer for almost every block. UChicago also uses the Blue-light system with posts at every such and such feet. With all of this you *will* feel safe. However, that is not to say you can slack on your half. You still have to keep in mind that you are on the south side of Chicago. Crime does happen, especially if you are going to do something stupid like walk around at 2 AM with your iPhone in your hand.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is growing here on campus. There truly isn't that pressure that you have to be Greek to get anywhere, do anything, or have friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of things to be involved in. Do them. Bake, skate, swim, spin, kick, punch, jump, read, program, game, spit rhymes, create, whatever just do it. If there isn't an existing club for what you are after (which is hard to believe), it is easy to create one.

    Great for these types of students

    You have to be hard working. It is best to be strong in mind and spirit. (They cut the Physical Education requirement, so you don't even have to be fit in body anymore.) But what surpasses all of this is your passion. Love what you do, and love to learn. There needs to be a fire within you to keep you going, but this can be said with whatever you choose to pursue in life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SCAV! UChicago holds the world's largest scavenger hunt every year. Professor will post-pone midterms and assignments; students actually skip class for it. Build the impossible, find the unimaginable, and just have fun for a whole week.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Chicago is THE place to be for opportunities in education, jobs, culture, and overall exposure to real life. No other place can surpass our number of Noble Laureates.

    What to do for fun

    CHICAGO! Travel downtown for museums and shopping galore. There are always plenty of bands, musicians, performers, and the like coming to town. At the UChicago, there are hundreds of clubs and intramural sports to participate in: broomball, Quidditch, water polo on inner tubes, Slam Poetry, hip-hop dance, ballet, etc. The list goes on and on.

    Food and Dining

    The unlimited dining plan is truly a life-saver, and there are always plenty of options between the three dining halls. The Arley D. Cathey Dining Commons is one gorgeous space, and is enough to make you forget that you are in over your head in coffee, french fries, and homework. Maroon dollars will be your best friend for loading up on candy, fro-yo, coffee, etc, and all of the cafes on campus now accept them.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely adore the housing system and am greatly thankful for it. The rigorous academic environment truly needs a close-knit support group, and your house does exactly that. My residents heads are like the aunt and uncle I wish I had.

    Academic Rigor

    You'll see plenty of kids up until 5am on a nightly basis, but seem unfazed by it. Working on assignments is almost 24/7, but you feel like you're actually gaining/learning something from it (even if it is just a core class).

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be daunted by the rumors of how hard it is (it is). However, you don't want to talk those warnings too lightly either. When visiting campus, do not only take an official tour, but ask someone to give you the unofficial tour as well.

    In three sentences

    You will spend more time in one of the libraries (or your self-proclaimed designated studying space) than anywhere else. The sheer beauty of campus and the liveliness of Hyde Park will make you forget all of your worries, even if it is just for a moment. Going to school here will be the best decision of your life: if you can survive UChicago, you can conquer the world.

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    More than 100 student clubs on campus and with 7 signatures and and idea you can start your own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Play broom ball in the quad. Yes broom ball, you get a broom and a ball and have at it.

    What to do for fun

    If you can think of it... you can do it.

    Food and Dining

    The best thing is the amount of options for food on campus the dining halls are always serving something new, but there are also plenty of restaurants on campus that will give students discounts.

    Tips for prospective students

    The frequent emails about what to expect and bring upon arriving on campus are very helpful and the departments keep long office hours for anyone who needs help.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is a diverse energetic institution where the students and staff are friendly and genuinely interested in learning.

  • 10/24/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    One dollar milkshakes on Wednesdays. Enough said.

    Dorm Life

    Haven't been at the dorms, but gotta say that it looks like a wonderful place from the outside!!

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely high academic expectations, and the school is unique because of its encouragement of critical thinking and out-of-the-box discussions.

    In three sentences

    In all honesty, I was first drawn to the school because of their witty college brochures. BUT, the school is amazing in its academics, campus, and really, everything. Also, Chicago is a great city to be in for college.

  • 02/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are all sorts of cultural events on and around campus. The campus is right by the lake, so one can go biking along the shore or maybe fishing or boating if one can find the necessary gear. The city itself is of course fun, but getting out of Hyde Park can be inconvenient.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but overpriced. UChicago Dining is interested in student feedback that helps them evaluate Aramark, the food service contractor. The issues they choose to focus on, though, are not the issues that students really care about.

    Dorm Life

    Housing is run poorly and is too expensive, so most students here end up living in apartments nearby. There is a house system that creates little communities and allows the organization of group activities.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is more serious and more difficult than many Ivy League schools. Even in core classes that the students don't care about, workloads are large and standards are high. The benefit, though, is that one can learn very deeply about one's areas of interest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit classes. Consider very carefully to what extent you are willing to sacrifice general well-being for an extremely thorough education.

    In three sentences

    This university is a leader in producing important research, so it's an exciting place to go to school. It has a distinctive atmosphere, although that is diminishing as the University tries to imitate Ivy League institutions. Professors and other people who interact with students are invested in students' success, but the administration doesn't seem to care about undergraduates.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Odd, nerdy, quirky, fun-loving, whimsical, intellectually curious, diverse, open-minded.

    What to do for fun

    The quirky / nerdy culture makes for some pretty great social activity. Personally, the improve troupes sound the most appealing to me, in addition to theatre for non-majors. There's a club for everything, though.

    Food and Dining

    I have heard of the deliciousness that awaits in those Harry Potter-esque dining halls...

    Academic Rigor

    In the alumni interview that I had upon applying, I asked the man if he felt overwhelmed or well accommodated while in school at UChicago. He told me that classes were sometimes miserably hard, but everyone got through it by joking and complaining together. The school will hold your hand on some things, though, because they want to guarantee that you graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that they have your major, because they do not have as many departments, such as an engineering school, as large public universities may have. That being said, the programs and faculty seem amazing.

    In three sentences

    This school has the most personality of any college that I have encountered. It's a quirky mix of geniuses bearing the cold together. Jolly good.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus Security cares about the safety of the students and is easily accessible.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is quite prevalent on campus and easy to access

    Clubs and Activities

    I you can't find an RSO you are looking for you can easily create one yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Very competitive, yet not snobby. Genuinely nice students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kuvia, a week long event during second week of winter quarter, and ends in a polar bear run.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is very expensive, but applying for aid helps out tremendously.

    What to do for fun

    There is a train station near campus that goes straight to downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't too bad, but it's definitely not 5 star quality. The cafeteria workers are very nice.

    Dorm Life

    The house system is the best. You can expect to meet your first and closest friends through housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very rigorous and require a lot of time commitment, but it is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a college where you can maintain a 4.0 gpa and not have too work to hard for, then you're looking in the wrong place. This school is very challenging, but the pay off is definitely worth it. And the people you will meet are great.

    In three sentences

    The University of Chicago is a wonderfully diverse community of students. There are many great opportunities offered, both for the present and for your future, and this school is a great investment. Plus, there's always something fun to do!

  • 03/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Woodlawn and the Hyde Park area is known to be a somewhat dangerous area. But, secretly, UChicago keeps the world's second largest private police force next to the Vatican. Every night, security guards stand at the corners of blocks (All night after 6pm). That doesn't mean you shouldn't take safety precautions like not walking around with your phone out. But all the UChicago Police cares about is keeping you safe. Hint: If you're ever in trouble or in a situation on or near campus, call the UChicago Police Department (UCPD) not the Chicago Police Department. CPD takes on very serious cases and may not be as nice and understanding as a UCPD officer would be.

    Greek Life

    An upbeat lifestyle with events every week. Find the right frat for you and party on!

    Clubs and Activities

    Events almost every week: RSOs are the clubs here on campus that allow students to explore their interests from chess and the circus, to biology and the violin. Plus, some unforgettable figures come to campus: Just last January: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers; but ones who know how to relax. UChicago is not the place to always be stressed. Many students dig themselves into a hole if they can't cope with the amount of work. Find your niche and find your community here on campus and you surely won't forget the experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kuvia: A yearly tradition of sun salutations where students get up very early for a week to be rewarded with a beautiful sunrise, free food, a great long sleeve, and unforgettable memories. Hallowed Grounds: Hot chocolate? Pool? A calming, relaxed environment? What more could a tired student ask for. Or try the other 20 coffee shops around campus. Hint: Grounds of Being will not disappoint! Summer Breeze: A yearly dance fest with artists from around the U.S. Recent artists include Ludacris, Nelly, Andrew Bird, and The Roots

    Bang for the buck

    The price is certainly high. It's not easy being a college student and having to pay $65000. But the experience is likely worth it. So many UChicago grads go on to become successful persons around the world and make up their debt from college and more. Take, for example, recent phenomenon Nate Silver. Or maybe president Barack Obama who taught at the law school here. Yes, these kinds of people are unique and you certainly are not expected to be the next president of the U.S., but your money goes in for good reason.

    What to do for fun

    Chicago is a city with incredible neighborhood. Make sure to explore every single one, find the ones you like, and go back to enjoy yourself. Art museums, shows, restaurants, views, tours, bars, clubsâ?¦ the options are endless. Hyde Park itself offers plenty with the Museum of Science and Industry, great views at The Point (on the lakeshore), restaurants galore (Get shakes from the Medici!), and an ice rink in the winter. If the fraternity scene is more of your thing, UChicago has plenty to offer with regards to that; every weekend some frat is hosting a party and many dorms also host their own gatherings.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is varied at UChicago. Some days you might have very good food laid out well, and others you may just ask what is going on at the dining hall? Overall, however, its definitely possible to get enough of what you want to eat at a good quality. There are many options ranging from Halal, Kosher, a salad bar, a grill station, and a pasta station. Vegetarian options also are abundant and a more broad/general category of Euro food is always present. Also, fourth meal (between 9pm and 12am) and a bowl of cereal never fails to make your day better.

    Dorm Life

    Although house culture varies, the house system at UChicago often fosters a fantastic environment for students. You're not just grouped with first-years who are lost at first: You have students of all ages interacting as a family in the lounge, during study breaks, on subsidized trips downtown, and playing intermural sports.

    Academic Rigor

    UChicago is known for being just as hard if not harder than any of the Ivy League schools. But the difficulty is worth every minute. A chemistry class on quantum mechanics won't just stop at the basic orbital level; you will dive into wave functions and parts. A humanities course might analyze a book just like in high school, but your writing will drastically change to understand your reader. A biology course will cover RNA and DNA, but then explore their interactions in many processes of the body with graduate students and professors who work in laboratories nearby.

    Tips for prospective students

    When the admissions say they are holistic; they are holistic. Don't get caught up with your test scores and having the highest GPA. Those might help a little, but once you are in the range of a 2200 and in the top 10-15% of your class, you don't have much to worry about in that respect. Focus on your essays. Give yourself time and make sure to explore the school. Talk to admissions officers and have a strong interview. Your Uncommon essay will make the difference of how the admissions office perceives your character. It's hard. But never impossible.

    In three sentences

    One of the most prestigious institutes of learning combined with the quirks and intrigues of the Windy City. Don't get me wrong; UChicago is by no means easy, but its environment fosters an experience you will not forget. From day 1, you are challenged and asked for your full potential.

  • 07/26/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are tons of options on and off campus. Chicago offers some of the finest restaurants in the world. Luckily, the university plays host to dozens of coffee shops perfect for any college student.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms have an old-world-charm. Though small, they make up for it in historical building. Most dorms donÂ?t have a/c but that isnt really a problem for a majority of the school year.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are challenging but rewarding, exactly what you want for your money.

    In three sentences

    I have visited many beautiful campuses, including several Ivies, but UChicago surpassed any expectations I could possibly have. I couldn'Â?t imagine attending any other university. UChicago is simply stunning.

  • 08/01/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Definitely a little bubble in a high-crime area. Just outside the campus are many impoverished neighborhoods with poor reputations, although the campus itself it quite safe.

    Greek Life

    Present but minimal.

    Clubs and Activities

    Definitely geared towards the intellectual!

    Great for these types of students

    People who love to learn and are interested in many diverse subjects!

    Food and Dining

    Decent food but all freshman are required to purchase an unlimited meal plan, thus quite pricy. Campus is a short distance from amazing restaurants downtown.

    Dorm Life

    Many diverse options. Some are beautiful Gothic buildings, others are new, modern buildings. Nice facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    Huge focus. People spend much of their time studying. Extremely rigorous if you just want to be able to say you went to a prestigious college; however, if you really are motivated and enjoy learning, it's manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Very challenging to get accepted - pursue many passions, maintain high grades, participate in class enthusiastically, and really get to know your teachers.

  • 08/07/2014

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    What to do for fun

    Chicago is probably the greatest city on earth, so the possibilities are endless. Definitely utilize public transit and go explore. You will jot run out of fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall right across from South campus was very convenient but the food was only sub par, not terrible but not great. There are a lot of cool little places to eat around campus however.

    Dorm Life

    I lived and South and it was an amazing experience. I became very close with my dorm mates and the lounges served us well, being used for anything from studying to movie night to midnight Chinese food. The dining hall right outside the dorm and the drug store right underneath it are very convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very intense and require a lot of hard work, but they are fascinating and absorbing as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose wisely for the uncommon essay question and be very much yourself.

    In three sentences

    I attended the UChicago summer session as a rising high school senior and fell in love with the school. Along with the academic being top tier, you will also meet the most interesting and wonderfully strange people there and grow incredibly close to them. You will find a nurturing learning environment complete with a support group of friends and faculty in one of the greatest cities on in U.S.

  • 08/19/2014

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    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus Visited during the winter and loved the snow!