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University of Chicago Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of Chicago, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Chicago Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of Chicago was awarded 136 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is economics.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, UChicago is ranked #19 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

UChicago is also ranked #2 out of 61 schools in Illinois.

See all of the rankings for University of Chicago.

Is It Hard to Get Into UChicago?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into UChicago since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 9%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

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

The student to faculty ratio at UChicago is an impressive 5 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus 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

The freshmen retention rate of 99% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Chicago enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  99 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UChicago the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 86%. That is great when compared to 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 6,632 undergraduates at UChicago with 6,600 being full-time and 32 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UChicago, approximately 10% of students took out student loans averaging $8,140 a year. That adds up to $32,560 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UChicago with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $68,100 in their early years. This is good news for future UChicago graduates since it is 71% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of Chicago make the most money.

Location of University of Chicago

University of Chicago is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is a great location for students who prefer city over country 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 74 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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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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