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University of Chicago Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 52 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

43% Women
57% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

University Athletic Association

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $74,234)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $63,102)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 159 109 Yes Yes
Baseball 31 - - -
Basketball 12 13 - Yes
Football 73 - - -
Soccer 26 29 - Yes
Softball - 15 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 22 32 - Yes
Tennis 12 8 - Yes
Volleyball - 14 Yes Yes
Wrestling 26 - - -
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Golf - - Yes -
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes Yes
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12.0%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.0%
Hispanic 5.4%
Non-resident alien 18.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 13.0%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 45.7%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 3
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 21

Notable Alumni

  • Casey Cowell, co-founder of U.S. Robotics
  • Daniel Hertzberg, Pulitzer Prize winner, managing editor of "The Wall Street Journal"
  • Donald Johanson, paleoanthropologist who discovered "Lucy," a link between primates and humans
  • Edwin Hubble, astronomer who found the first evidence for the big bang theory
  • Elenie Huszagh, first woman to serve as President of the National Council of Churches
  • Hayden Schlossberg , writer ("Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle")
  • Jay Berwanger, first Heisman Trophy winner
  • Roger Ebert, film critic and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Scott Griffith, CEO of Zipcar
  • John Ashcroft, Attorney General of the United States (2001-2005)
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Anonymous
  • 5
  • 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…

  • Jun-02-2012 Read More
  • Cecilia
  • 5
  • 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…

  • Jul-10-2012 Read More
  • Anna from San Antonio, TX
  • 1
  • 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…

  • Dec-03-2013 Read More
  • Tiffany
  • 5
  • 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…

  • Mar-28-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Student from Aurora, IL
  • Dec-15-2014 I am a current student here

    There are two large dining halls to choose from: one in North campus and one in South campus. While the food here is above average and there is a large variety to choose from (including Kosher and Halal foods), UChicago dining seems to cycle through their dishes fairly often--almost weekly at times. That being said, you'll be well-fed, well-nourished, and pretty happy with the food here. All incoming freshman are also required to get an unlimited meal plan, meaning that you'll be able to eat often as you'd like.

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  • 4
  • Hannah from Seymour, CT
  • Aug-07-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    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.

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  • 3
  • Alexandra from TN
  • Aug-01-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    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.

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  • 5
  • Alana E.
  • Jul-26-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    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.

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  • 3
  • Jessika from Chicago, IL
  • Jul-07-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    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.

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  • 2
  • Cosette from Chicago, IL
  • Jun-04-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 3
  • Tim from NC
  • Mar-28-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 3
  • Current Student
  • Feb-13-2014 I am a current student here

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

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  • 4
  • Hannah from Houston, TX
  • Feb-12-2014 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

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

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Student from Aurora, IL
  • Dec-15-2014 I am a current student here

    I'm not a member of greek life, but from an outsider's perspective, it seems fake and lame. But maybe that's more reflective of the type of person I am.

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  • 0
  • Jessika from Chicago, IL
  • Jul-07-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

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

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  • 0
  • Cosette from Chicago, IL
  • Jun-04-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Tim from NC
  • Mar-28-2014 I am a current student here

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

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  • 0
  • TK
  • Aug-08-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Alana from Benton Harbor, MI
  • Aug-08-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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