University of Chicago

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University of Chicago
Julius Rosenwald Hall
MottoCrescat scientia; vita excolatur (Latin)
Motto in English
Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched[1]
TypePrivate nondenominational coeducational
EndowmentUS $6.31 billion[2]
PresidentRobert Zimmer
Academic staff
Administrative staff
14,772 (including employees of the University of Chicago Medical Center)[3]
LocationHyde Park, Chicago, Illinois
CampusUrban, 211 acres (85.4 ha)[3]
ColorsMaroon      White     [5]
AthleticsNCAA Division III UAA
AffiliationsAssociation of American Universities Committee on Institutional Cooperation

The University of Chicago is a university in Hyde Park, 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.

Background[change | change source]

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.[7] The University spends $472 million on sponsored research each year.

The University of Chicago has had about 90 Nobel Prize winners.[8] (The Nobel Prize is received for using one's intelligence to contribute meaningfully to society.)

Types of schools[change | change source]

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.

References[change | change source]

  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. 5.0 5.1 "Traditions". University of Chicago Office of College Admissions. Retrieved September 10, 2009.
  6. University of Chicago Nobel Laureates, University of Chicago Nobel Laureates
  7. Angelo, Joseph A. (November 30, 2004). Nuclear Technology. Greenwood Press. p. 1. doi:10.1336/1573563366. ISBN 1-57356-336-6.
  8. "University of Chicago Nobel Laureates, University of Chicago Nobel Laureates". Retrieved October 13, 2011.

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