What we value
Diversity of people, thought, and ideas
New knowledge cannot be formed when we’re hindered by old ways of thinking. By cultivating a wide range of thoughts from our peers, students, and the communities where we live and work, we are better able to bring forth ideas that change the world.
Committed to our community
The neighborhoods where we study, work, and live are an integral part of life at the University. This is our community—and we are dedicated to fostering meaningful social change and enhancing the quality of life for all of our neighbors.
History and traditions
A tradition of breaking with tradition
Since 1890, UChicago has followed a distinctively different path. Our founders defined what they believed would build an enduring legacy: a commitment to rigorous academics for people of all backgrounds.
Unbound by convention
Since its inception, the University has blurred the lines between traditional disciplines. Students, faculty, and scholars collaborate across fields to solve complex questions and uncover new knowledge.
Distinctive Core curriculum
Through sequences in the humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences, as well as the historical development of civilizations, our students engage with the language, questions, and methods that characterize broad fields of inquiry.