The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Student Life
81 years

The number of years Doc Films, the longest continuously running student film society in the US, has been active.

Student Life & Support

You’ll find more than a world-class education at the University of Chicago. The same energy and excitement we have for learning extends throughout the student experience as you connect to the people and pursuits that make this your home. You will join a vibrant and diverse community that shares your passions—and introduces you to new ones. You and your family will find the support you need as you begin the next chapter in your life. And you will find inspiration in one of the world’s most exciting cities, Chicago. Like everything at UChicago, student life is engaging, enriching, and dynamic.


Student Groups

With over 350 Registered Student Organizations on campus, you can find groups ranging from racquetball to astronomy, social activism to stress reduction. Student groups find support and resources through the Office of the Reynolds Club & Student Activities. Additionally, individual departments and professional schools offer a variety of career, cultural, and interest groups dedicated to their students.


Students can use two on-campus athletics facilities, Henry Crown Field House and the Ratner Athletics Center. Membership is free for students and reduced-fee for student’s spouses and domestic partners. Personal training and non-credit classes throughout the year give students structured workout opportunities.


The University has a thriving arts scene on campus that includes academic arts departments and committees, student-run activities, and vital campus institutions that include the Smart Museum of Art, the Renaissance Society, Court Theatre, University of Chicago Presents, and the Oriental Institute Museum. Opening in 2012, the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts will bring together arts resources across disciplines in classroom, studio, and exhibit spaces.

Spiritual Life

Rockefeller Chapel on campus is the University’s spiritual center. The interfaith chapel provides students of all backgrounds a place to meet and worship. The Office of Spiritual Life hosts programming throughout the year and connects the University community to student faith organizations and local religious institutions.

Community Service

More than 2,500 students participate in community service each year. The University Community Service Center connects students to volunteer opportunities in the Hyde Park community and throughout the city of Chicago. Every year, UChicago students, staff, and faculty participate in the Day of Service, during which participants volunteer at local community-based organizations.

Student Life


Graduate Student Housing provides a wide variety of apartment sizes, designs, and rates. Choose from 1,300 units in 28 apartment buildings owned and managed by the University. Conveniently located within walking distance of campus and near public transportation, all of our buildings provide bicycle storage, a laundry room, and a two-way intercom to a locked building entrance.

International House has a selective admissions policy that brings together resident members from more than 50 countries each year. Housing applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the International House Admissions Committee. Our facility provides a variety of community spaces, fully furnished rooms, laundry, bicycle storage, a 24 hour desk, and utilities. For more information contact Gayle B. Catterlin at


Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of Chicago Medical Center provides a number of student health services.

  • Primary Care Service – On-campus medical care
  • Student Counseling Service – Consultations and short-term counseling
  • Health Promotion and Wellness – A new unit established to increase and coordinate services and programs related to preventive health matters and overall well-being
  • University Student Health Insurance – A health insurance plan that students are automatically enrolled in unless they choose to waive this coverage

For students with dependents, primary pediatric care is available through Comer Children’s Hospital. Visit their General Pediatric Care website for more information.


There are many dining options on campus, as well as a variety of nearby restaurant options in the Hyde Park community. On-campus dining offers food courts, cafes, all-you-can-eat cafeterias, and options for students who follow halal, keep kosher, or have dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Students with Families

Many graduate students at the University of Chicago have children. Along with joys of parenting, they face unique pressures and demands on their time. To support these parents, the University provides a number of services, centering around the Family Resource Center (FRC), which serves not only as a pleasant drop-in center for parents and children but also as a referral resource, a source of information, and a support network. The FRC also produces materials like the campus lactation stations. Student parents or those considering having children should peruse the official University Graduate Student Parent Policy.

Childcare and Schools

The University of Chicago and affiliated organizations and institutions provide a variety of childcare resources, including schools, preschool education, daycare services, and recreation for children of all ages. There are many schools in Hyde Park, including the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and Charter School. Doctoral students may also be eligible for child care assistance

Graduate Student Orientation

Every year, Graduate Student Orientation helps introduce students to the University with presentations from student services offices and an Information Fair, where you can speak to representatives of several offices on campus in addition to various community organizations. Find information on orientation.


City of Chicago

The nation’s third-largest city, Chicago is a bustling metropolis with nearly 80 distinct neighborhoods. Students enjoy the city’s famed sports arenas, internationally renowned dining scene, vibrant night life, and ubiquitous parks and beaches.

In Chicago, you can eat deep dish pizza at the original Pizzeria Uno’s or pierogis in Avondale, which has the largest Polish population in one neighborhood outside of Poland. View the country’s first skyscraper and its two tallest on boat-led architecture tours down the Chicago River, which snakes through the city’s downtown. Catch an improv show at the Second City—where the likes of Tina Fey and Mike Myers got their start—or take in a Chicago Bulls game at the stomping grounds of Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose. Shop the Magnificent Mile, dance at Chicago Blues Festival, tour the Museum of Contemporary Art, or splash in Lake Michigan. In any pursuit or pastime, you’ll find a city that inspires and invigorates, a city that’s home.

Hyde Park

The University’s neighborhood, Hyde Park, is a residential community that’s home to nearly 60 percent of UChicago faculty. Hyde Park is also home to many amenities and attractions, including museums, theaters, eclectic restaurants and pubs, and diverse shopping.

Once the site of the 1893 World’s Fair, Jackson and Washington Parks to the east and west of campus offer residents relaxing reprieves from the city’s bustle, with a Japanese garden and the Museum of Science and Industry—one of the world’s largest science museums.

Hyde Park’s beaches and lakefront bike paths have stunning views of Chicago’s downtown skyline, and its arts scene boasts the famed Hyde Park Jazz Festival, DuSable Museum of African American History, 57th Street Art Fair, Hyde Park Art Center, and many more cultural venues and events, including some right on campus. With nonstop activities and a warm community feel, Hyde Park is perfect for students and their families.