Campus Profiles

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago was founded in 1890 from a donation of $600,000 from John D. Rockefeller as an academic and research institution. UC has a long and rich history, from its athletics to its architecture to its campus policies.

UC’s campus in Hyde Park has grown to over 12,000 students. Offering majors in 13 colleges, UC focuses on intellectual academics, research, and education.

Facts and Figures:

Tuition: $50,997

Undergraduate Population: 5,369

Graduate population: 6,928

Total student population: 12,297

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Campus Rating

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)Green Light

    American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) - B: No required courses in Foreign Language, U.S. Government or History, or Economics.

Campus Spotlight

  • Political Student Organizations: 

    Liberal (18): ACLU University of Chicago Law Chapter, Law School Democrats, LGBTQ Advisory Board, American Civil Liberties Union at University of Chicago, Amnesty International, Asexualitea, Climate Action Network, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, LGBT Business Alliance, Platypus (club for reconstitution of a Marxian Left), Queers & Associates, Queers United in Power, Sex Week at UChicago, Secular Alliance, Southside Solidarity Network, Students for Justice in Palestine, University of Chicago Democrats, and OutLaw

    Conservative (5): College Republicans, Students for Life, Law School Republicans, Federalist Society, and Law Students for Life

    Employee Political Contributions (2012-2016): 

    Democrats: $688,070 (96.4%)

    Republicans: $25,301 (3.5%) 


    All Stories

    Chicago prof outlines steps to safeguard free speech on campus
  • A University of Chicago professor recently weighed in on the issue of free speech on college campuses, or at least the lack thereof, outlining a five-point plan for reversing the trend of restricting potentially offensive speech. In an op-ed for RealClearPolitics Tuesday, UC political science professor Charles Lipson argues that free speech on college campuses is on the verge of...

  • Univ. of Chicago held up as national model for free speech
  • A policy statement produced earlier this year by the University of Chicago affirming the school’s commitment to free speech is being held up as a national model for other schools to adopt. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) announced Monday that it is embarking on a national campaign to encourage colleges and universities to adopt a version of the statement approved by...

  • Illegal immigrant gets $300K scholarship to attend University of Chicago
  • The University of Chicago has awarded an illegal immigrant nearly $300,000 in scholarships to attend the prestigious private institution in the fall. David Rodriguez (a pseudonym used for security purposes) fled to America from Mexico with his family when he was five years old, eventually settling in Tennessee—a state notoriously opposed to open-border immigration policies. ...

  • UC backs up ‘Chicago Statement’ with action
  • The University of Chicago (UC) is refusing to rest on its free speech laurels, announcing a major effort to improve enforcement of the commitments made in its influential “Chicago Statement.” In a post on its website Thursday, the university announced the creation of a Committee on University Discipline for Disruptive Conduct, which will spend the next several months reviewing...

  • UC students, faculty protest layoffs freeing up money for STEM
  • Students and faculty at University of Chicago are protesting layoffs of nonacademic aides and secretarial staffers after multiple academic divisions were directed to cut budgets. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, several employees in the humanities division have already been let go, and another round of cuts could happen in this month, as part of an initiative to make cutbacks to...

  • Millennial poll: 2nd Amendment no obstacle to gun control
  • A new poll by the University of Chicago finds that Millennials have a strong preference for gun control, even supporting a proposed ban on semi-automatic weapons. The survey—which was conducted by GenForward, part of the University of Chicago’s Black Youth Project, in conjunction with the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, a nonpartisan social science research...

  • Rapid growth of Bias Response Teams generates backlash
  • In the past year, American colleges and universities have experienced a proliferation of “bias response teams,” outlets for student complaints about unfair bias on campus. Student “victims,” who previously have had to draw attention to their predicaments through their Deans or professors, now have the power to report incidents of hate or bias directly to the...

  • ‘Absolutely no value’ in studying Constitution, federal judge says
  • Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner stated Friday that he sees “no value” in studying the U.S. Constitution. Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, alleges in an op-ed for Slate that there is “absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its...

  • U of Chicago to host ‘clothing optional’ dance party in campus hall
  • The University of Chicago is kicking off Sex Week 2014 with a "Lascivious Ball" in which students will not be required to wear clothing. "Start off Sex Week right by partying in Ida Noyes!" states the Facebook event description. There will be a DJ, dance performances, finger food, a fashion show, and more. No shirt, no shoes, no problem!" "Ida Noyes" refers to Ida Noyes Hall, an official campus...

  • University of Chicago to hire ‘associate dean’ of investigating sexual assault cases
  • While the federal government investigates the University of Chicago’s (U of C) alleged mishandling of reported sexual assaults, the school will hire a new dean tasked solely with investigating them. Effective July, U of C will implement a new associate dean of students who, according to a university spokesperson, will only cover “sexual misconduct and harassment/discrimination.”...

  • Univ. of Chicago professors want Chinese-controlled institute discontinued
  • More than 100 professors at the University of Chicago (UC) are demanding the school discontinue its Confucius Institute (CIUC), a Chinese government-affiliated organization that they say promotes censorship and prohibits academic autonomy. UC entered into a contract with Hanban—also known as the Confucius Institute Headquarters—in September 2009 without prior consent or approval from...

  • U Chicago students say school made them 'unsafe' by allowing a speaker to say 'tranny'
  • Students at the University of Chicago are up in arms after a speaker used the word “tranny” in a seminar —claiming it made them feel “unsafe” — even though it was only used as part of a discussion about how the word was hurtful. The event was an Institute of Politics (IOP) seminar on May 22 featuring Dan Savage, the founder of It Gets Better — a campaign...

  • University of Chicago publishes 'abortion guide,' claims pregnancy centers 'lead to suicide'
  • The University of Chicago (UC) has published an “abortion guide” on its website providing information on abortion— including how to obtain one on campus. The website—titled “abguide”—is a comprehensive guide detailing how to pay for abortion, where to find an abortion provider in the area, and what to expect from an abortion. While the site touts...

  • UC student body prez arrested while protesting DeVos
  • Five University of Chicago students, including the student body president, were arrested Tuesday while protesting the confirmation of Secretary of Education nominee Betsy Devos. The demonstration took place, part of the weekly “#ResistTrumpTuesdays” effort in Chicago, began with a rally outside the federal building where senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have offices, and ended...

  • Chicago Sex Week filled with flogging, petplay, rope bondage
  • The University of Chicago recently held the 5th annual edition of its controversial “Sex Week,” which included discussions on just about every kink imaginable, from rope bondage to petplay. The annual event is organized and facilitated by an eponymously-named student group, but this year’s iteration also enjoyed a number of university sponsors, including the Student Government...