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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

According to 'Telling the story of the University of Chicago,' "Since its founding in 1890, the University of Chicago has broken with tradition and forged new paths that have led to new schools of thought, to fundamental paradigm shifts, to an academic experience that is transformative for students and scholars, and to breakthroughs and initiatives that are addressing the world’s most pressing issues. Rigorous inquiry permeates every aspect of academic life at the University of Chicago. When the quest for knowledge meets rigorous investigation, it opens the door to new ways of thinking and groundbreaking discoveries. At the University of Chicago, students are taught how to think, not what to think. A University of Chicago education is transformative. Students do more than merely acquire knowledge; they develop the critical skills necessary to examine, understand, and challenge ideas and assumptions—including their own. Central to the experience is the principle of free expression and an unfettered exchange of ideas. The University of Chicago is actively working to solve pressing societal challenges, from fighting poverty and inequality to combating climate change to improving health and education, to name just a few. This work happens through research, education, and civic engagement." [Source]

Website: http://www.uchicago.edu/


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The University of Chicago should be noted for its excellent Humanities, Civilization Studies, and the Arts requirement, which introduces students to a wide range of classic and modern texts as well as the fine arts.

Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression
Colleges and universities that have adopted the Chicago Principles on Freedom of Expression (or substantially similar statements) are committed "to the preservation and celebration of the freedom of expression as an essential element of the University’s culture.” An open marketplace of ideas on campus fosters intellectual development and prepares graduates for the discussion and debate that informs and sustains a free society.
FIRE Speech Code School Rating
If FIRE finds that a university’s policies do not seriously threaten campus expression, that college or university receives a green light rating. A green light rating does not necessarily indicate that a school actively supports free expression in practice; it simply means that the school’s written policies do not pose a serious threat to free speech.
How Colleges Spend Money

With the cost of college rising much faster than wages, it’s important to choose a college or university that stewards tuition revenue responsibly. Visit HowCollegesSpendMoney.com to learn more about financial resource allocation at the University of Chicago.

Curriculum last evaluated: 8/9/2022

2021-22 enrollment and tuition data, and four-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2012, are derived from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator.