The University of Chicago is a private research university established in 1890, but has an institutional origin dating to 1856. Our institution is made up of a diverse system comprising the University of Chicago Medical Center, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the University of Chicago Press, and a library system. We maintain partnerships with a handful of independent academic institutions, such as the Marine Biological Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).
Undergraduate students at the University of Chicago follows the Common Core, which necessitates them to enroll in a distribution of courses satisfying general education requirements. Our undergraduate courses are reputable for their academic difficulty, heavy workload, and demanding standards. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, our institute is composed of graduate programs, a College, seven professional schools, and five academic research divisions.