The University of Chicago empowers scholars and students to ask big questions, cross boundaries, and challenge conventional thinking in virtually every field. From the University's inception, its academic structure broke with the status quo, combining an English-style liberal arts education with a German-style approach to graduate research. This became a model for many leading American universities.

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Established the fields of ecology and sociology. Albion Small, a father of the academic discipline of sociology, helped found the University's Department of Sociology in 1892.
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UChicago continues to break new academic ground with the Institute for Molecular Engineering, which is helping to define a nascent field, allowing faculty and students to conduct research at the intersection of chemical engineering, bioengineering, and materials science.
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Elizabeth Helsinger

Our academic programs are known for their emphasis on critical thinking and interdisciplinary exposure to foster intellectual discovery. Elizabeth Helsinger (pictured with her graduate seminar), John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor, holds joint appointments in the Departments of English Language & Literature, Art History, and the College.
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Bond Chapel

UChicago's first president, William Rainey Harper, believed a great research university should have as one central occupation the scholarly study of religion. These commitments led him to bring the Morgan Park Seminary of the Baptist Theological Union to Hyde Park, making the Divinity School the first professional school at the University of Chicago.
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Gary Becker and Richard Posner

Nobel laureate and Law School professor Ronald Coase's paper "The Problem of Social Cost" started law and economics as a distinct discipline. The Law School remains a center of teaching and research on the application of economic theories and methods to legal questions. Economics professor Gary Becker (left) and federal judge and Law School senior lecturer Richard Posner (right) jointly maintain the widely read Becker-Posner blog, discussing the legal and economic ramifications of every issue from drug legalization to fiscal crises.
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Chicago Booth

UChicago forever changed business education with the first executive MBA program, in 1943. Today, Chicago Booth's Executive MBA Program is offered on three continents, bringing together experienced executives from around the world.
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  • By the
    Numbers

  • Nearly 50 undergraduate majors

    Nearly 50 undergraduate majors

    For over 100 years, undergraduates have thrived in this environment that encourages critical inquiry and independent thought. The College features a Core curriculum, plus nearly 50 majors and 30 minors.

  • 4 graduate divisions

    4 graduate divisions

    Our graduate divisions, representing four fundamental areas of inquiry, emphasize original research and scholarship.

  • 6 professional schools

    6 professional schools

    In our research-based professional schools, students acquire fundamental knowledge to help them lead in their chosen fields throughout their careers.

  • More than 6,000 continuing education students each year

    More than 6,000 continuing education students each year

    With part-time and flexible forms of study, we extend to a broad community the University's intellectual resources and unique and rigorous approach to learning and scholarship.

  • More than 1,700 pre-college students

    More than 1,700 pre-college students

    Beginning with a handful of children and growing to over 1,770 students spanning nursery through 12th grade, the UChicago Laboratory Schools have earned a well-deserved international reputation for excellence.

  • 140+ institutes and centers

    140+ institutes and centers

    Researchers at UChicago have long taken an interdisciplinary approach. Through on-campus institutes and centers, scholars collaborate across fields to study topics from multiple vantage points.

  • More than 3,000 courses offered each year

    More than 3,000 courses offered each year

    Between undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, the University has courses in everything from African and African American Studies to Yiddish.

  • About $80 million in undergraduate grants and scholarships each year

    About $80 million in undergraduate grants and scholarships each year

    The University is committed to making our education available to students of all backgrounds. In the 2010-2011 academic year, UChicago awarded nearly $82 million in grant and scholarship funds to undergraduates. More than 75 percent of Odyssey Scholars have loans completely replaced by grants.