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University of Chicago

Julius Rosenwald Hall
Motto Crescat scientia; vita excolatur (Latin)
Motto in English Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched[1]
Established 1890
Type Private nondenominational coeducational
Endowment US $6.31 billion[2]
President Robert Zimmer
Academic staff 2,168[3]
Admin. staff 14,772 (including employees of the University of Chicago Medical Center)[3]
Undergraduates 5,134[4]
Postgraduates 10,304[4]
Location Chicago, Illinois
Campus Urban, 211 acres (85.4 ha)[3]
Colors Maroon       White      [5]
Athletics NCAA Division III UAA
Nickname Maroons
Mascot Phoenix

Association of American Universities

Committee on Institutional Cooperation

The University of Chicago is a university in Chicago, Illinois. It started when the American Baptist Education Society used money from John D. Rockefeller to build it. The university began in 1890. William Rainey Harper was the university's first president in 1891. The first classes were held in 1892.

Many people think it is one of the best universities in the world. Its students get a strong liberal arts education. The university also does important research work. Some of this research work is for the United States government.

The university is known for providing good education in economics (the study of the economy), linguistics (the study of language), social science (the study of society), and mathematics (the study of numbers). Physicists at the University of Chicago built the world's first man-made, self-sustaining nuclear reaction.[6] The University spends $472 million on sponsored research each year.

The University of Chicago says that 87 Nobel Prize winners are connected to it.[7] This is more than any institution in the world. (The Nobel Prize is received for using one's intelligence to contribute meaningfully to society.)

The university has six graduate professional schools:

  • Divinity School
  • Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Law School
  • Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Harris School of Public Policy Studies
  • School of Social Service Administration.


  1. "About the University". The University of Chicago. 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2007.
  2. As of June 30th, 2011. "Office of Investments". University of Chicago. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Facts for Journalists". University of Chicago News Office. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The College Facts". The University of Chicago. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  5. "Traditions". University of Chicago Office of College Admissions. Retrieved September 10, 2009.
  6. Angelo, Joseph A. (November 30, 2004). Nuclear Technology. Greenwood Press. p. 1. doi:10.1336/1573563366 . ISBN 1-57356-336-6 .
  7. "University of Chicago Nobel Laureates, University of Chicago Nobel Laureates"]. Retrieved October 13, 2011.