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University of Chicago Data & Information Overview

471 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
6% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Chicago Ranked?

#2 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in IL
Liberal Arts General Studies Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 471 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts general studies.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UChicago as #2 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! This is an improvement over the previous year, when UChicago held the #7 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 85 colleges in Illinois, UChicago is ranked at #1.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UChicago?

6% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
49% Submit SAT Scores

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 6%, 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 49% 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 740 and 780. Math scores were between 770 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Chicago  ( 740 to 780 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Chicago  ( 770 to 800 )
UChicago received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Chicago  ( 33 to 35 )

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University of Chicago Faculty

5 to 1 Student to Faculty
80% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at UChicago it is much better at 5 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Chicago

99% Freshmen Retention
90% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

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 90%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  90 out of 100

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University of Chicago Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,020 Full-Time Undergraduates
47.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
47.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,056 undergraduates at UChicago with 7,020 being full-time and 36 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Chicago Cost?

$28,517 Net Price
7% Take Out Loans
$54,544 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UChicago is $28,517. 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 +
$2,500 $4,777 $8,375 $19,895 $46,267

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 7% of students took out student loans averaging $13,636 a year. That adds up to $54,544 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UChicago is 1.0%. 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?

$76,730 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UChicago make about $76,730 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future UChicago graduates since it is 81% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of University of Chicago

Illinois State
7,020 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
University of Chicago is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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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

73 Majors With Completions
2,228 Undergraduate Degrees
3,863 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 73 majors graduated from University of Chicago. Of these students, 2,228 received undergraduate degrees and 3,863 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 491 $82,564
Mathematics 173 $81,753
Computer Science 129 $93,918
General Biology 122 $24,335
Political Science & Government 109 $48,082
Public Policy 105 $51,165
Child Development & Psychology 90 $40,175
History 79 $40,346
Chemistry 71 $36,403
Geological & Earth Sciences 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.


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