University of Chicago Reviews
University of Chicago was a fantastic undergraduate institution - incredibly rigorous, with interesting, curious classmates, and set in one of America's great cities. Hyde Park has only gotten better in recent years, and if you're looking for an undergraduate experience that is a bit outside the norm (mostly in a good way), I'd recommend it.
The University of Chicago is a remarkable place to learn and grow as an undergraduate. The college is small enough that students get personal attention from their professors, and the largest classes are no more than 40 or 50 students. Because the college is attached to a larger, prestigious university, undergraduate students benefit from the wealth of resources, networking opportunities, cultural experiences, and class selection. The common core gives students a strong understanding of many subjects and offers creative opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration. The University of Chicago has strong name recognition and a good reputation, which has helped me get good jobs in my career.
The University of Chicago has given me an amazing opportunity to learn and grow with students who, in many different ways, pursue "Life of the Mind". The courses early on my college career were geared towards getting the students very familiar with the Core Curriculum, the structure of courses and subject matter from which Uchicago gets its fame (or notoriety, for some). The College has challenged me to think in the most abstract manners possible, whether that be in my Classical Social and Political Thought class where we would ponder whether Marx and Rousseau would have been friends, or even in the most unexpected of places like in my Advanced Painting class, where we would discuss the definition of an "object". Uchicago also prides itself to hold an extraordinary number of Nobel Laureates, indicative of the high level of scholarly work that its people produce. All in all, anyone wanting to find a school where they cherish academic thought would find a home here.
For Biomedical graduate work, U of C is a wonderful place to study. The faulty support is amazing. The breadth and creativity of research is hard to beat.
I absolutely loved my experience at UChicago. My favorite part was getting to live and learn with people who were like me - bookish, passionate, and curious. UChicago undergrads, grads, and professors are some of the smartest people I've ever met and I have learned so much from them. I will say one thing, though: it's not for everyone. The workload is intense and not always forgiving.
If you're already interested in the U of C, you're probably a good fit! Otherwise, why would you want to join a group of serious nerds who proudly proclaim their allegiance to the place "where fun comes to die?" I loved most of my classes, met people I could commune and compete with, and deeply enjoyed the life of the mind during my years at UChicago. So much so, indeed, that I went back for another degree.
This is a wonderful University though perhaps a bit pretentious. If you want an incredibly academic atmosphere and be in school with incredibly smart co-students, this is the place for you.
It may have changed in the near-decade since I graduated, but the University of Chicago is a wonderful school of self-selecting students. You can go there and be yourself, and you'll certainly find your group. This, on top of the world-class education you'll receive.
Incredibly intelligent students and professors. Very insular campus environment.
I hated my college. My social life was bleak, the advisers there are incompetent, the administration corrupt. It was so lonely there.