The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago


The University of Chicago is known for its devotion to open and rigorous inquiry. The strength of our intellectual traditions—intense critical analysis, free and lively debate, creative solutions to complex problems—rests on the students and faculty who comprise our community. Our students further their intellectual development through small seminar style classes, research opportunities and a 7:1 student-faculty ratio. With a strong tradition of scholarship (over 85 Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with UChicago, the largest number of any American university), as well as a close community feel, UChicago is a place where bright and talented students of all backgrounds may find a college home.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Collegiate Scholars Program

The three-year Collegiate Scholars Program offers college-level classes and enrichment seminars free of charge to high-achieving students in Chicago public high schools. Designed to prepare students for high achievement in college, the program offers summer courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Entrepreneurship and the Arts. During the school year the program provides courses and events to prepare students for college, develop the students’ understanding of other cultures and involve the students in their community. Learn more about Collegiate Scholars Program

Scholarship & Financial Aid Odyssey Scholarships

The Odyssey Scholarships are awards for students who are from lower income families or who are the first in their families to attend college. This scholarship includes no loans as part of our commitment to meeting 100% of students financial need. For Odyssey scholars there is also a no work expectation packaged. We are also committed to ensuring students receive a funded summer internship or research opportunity after their first year in the College.

Scholarship & Financial Aid QuestBridge Partner College

QuestBridge National College Match helps talented, low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities. These scholarships do not involve loans and meet 100 percent of the students’ demonstrated need. The application is free of charge so economically disadvantaged students will have no trouble applying. Selection for this program is competitive and based on the applicants’ academic achievement, essays and recommendations. Learn more about QuestBridge Partner College

Academic Advising & Support Center for College Student Success

The CCSS is committed to helping students to think strategically to plan ahead and also troubleshoot the unexpected. The Center provides early academic exposure, transition support, and ongoing advising and resources to students in the college, especially those who are first in their family to attend college, from lower-income or under-resourced backgrounds, or who may be undocumented. Advisers in CCSS strive to help students navigate campus resources and foster an inclusive and supportive campus community that facilitates student success.

Academic Advising & Support Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA)

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs supports the academic success of students of color at the University of Chicago and works to build an inclusive campus community. OMSA’s resources connect students to academic support services, information on summer internships, scholarships, and fellowships for students of color. OMSA’s programs focus on enriching students’ experiences and encouraging cross-cultural dialogue on campus. OMSA executes its mission in collaboration with other departments within the University of Chicago. Learn more about Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA)

Student Diversity

  • 5,869
  • 57/43
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 13%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 6%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 44%
  • 6%
    Two or more races
  • 11%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 15%

Student Success

  • 99%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 93%
    Six-year graduation
  • 90%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 53%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,710
    Full-time faculty
  • 312
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 6:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, Biological Sciences, Political Science, Mathematics, English Language/Literature

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African and Caribbean Students Association, Asian Students Union, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, Muslim Students Association, Native American Student Association, Organization of Black Students, Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), Puerto Rican Students Organization, Queers & Associates (Q&A), Students Promoting Interracial Networks (SPIN)


Cost of Attendance

  • $51,351
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,800
    Required Fees
  • $14,772
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $14,748,776
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $31,630
    Average aid package
  • $22,043
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 11%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 68%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 30,069
    # of applicants
  • 8%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 720—800
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 720—800
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/1
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/1
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date