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University of Chicago Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on University of Chicago? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors UChicago offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is University of Chicago Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Chicago was awarded 137 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is economics.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UChicago as #19 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 61 colleges in Illinois, UChicago is ranked at #2.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UChicago?

Acceptance Rate

University of Chicago has a very low acceptance rate of 9%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to UChicago just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to UChicago submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 730 and 780. Math scores were between 750 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Chicago  ( 730 to 780 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Chicago  ( 750 to 800 )
UChicago received ACT scores from 67% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Chicago  ( 32 to 35 )

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University of Chicago Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At UChicago, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 5 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Chicago is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Chicago

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Chicago has a freshmen retention rate of 99%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  99 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UChicago for first-time, full-time students is 86%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at UChicago

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,310 undergraduates at UChicago with 6,288 being full-time and 22 being part-time.

UChicago Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 99.77 out of 100, UChicago is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.77 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Chicago Cost?

The overall average net price of UChicago is $26,160. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UChicago

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$3,178 $6,325 $7,933 $18,782 $40,853

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UChicago, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UChicago, approximately 9% of students took out student loans averaging $10,381 a year. That adds up to $41,524 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UChicago is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UChicago Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UChicago make around $68,100 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for UChicago students since it is 71% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of University of Chicago

Located in Chicago, Illinois, University of Chicago is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of University of Chicago

Contact details for UChicago are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-1234

University of Chicago Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 82 majors graduated from University of Chicago. Of these students, 2,024 received undergraduate degrees and 3,873 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 404 $83,000
Mathematics 185 $70,700
Public Policy 141 $51,800
General Biology 127 $31,100
Political Science & Government 113 $36,700
Computer Science 96 $87,000
Philosophy 82 $39,300
Statistics 74 $72,000
History 73 $32,300
Child Development & Psychology 71 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Chicago along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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