Deborah Nelson's Welcome

Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Since its founding in 1890, the University of Chicago has welcomed scholars and students who are committed to creative inquiry that transforms how we interact with and understand the world. We pioneered the field of sociology. We discovered the structure of DNA and new species of dinosaurs. We were the first to calculate the speed of light, and we illuminated Mesopotamian civilization with the Assyrian Dictionary. More than 80 Nobel laureates, 16 percent of all recipients since the award was first given in 1901, have been associated with the University of Chicago, including eight currently on the faculty. University of Chicago's graduate and professional students have an unparalleled opportunity to work with a community that produces ideas consistently recognized for their impact on the world.

From world–renowned astronomers to Academy Award–winning directors, our graduate alumni exemplify a legacy of accomplishment across every Division and Professional School. They include major authors (Philip Roth, AM'55), leaders in international banking (World Bank chief economist Justin Yifu Lin, PhD'86), national broadcast journalists (PBS national correspondent Ray Suarez, AM'93), and famous scientists (Edwin Hubble, PhD'17). For 20 consecutive years, our graduate students have won more Fulbright–Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships than students at any other U.S educational institution.

As you step onto campus, you will find yourself within just a few blocks of University of Chicago's top–ranked professional schools, including the Booth School of Business, the Law School, Pritzker School of Medicine, Harris School of Public Policy, and the School of Social Service Administration. We have one of the largest university library systems in the world and over 140 state–of–the–art research centers and institutes, including the Oriental Institute, the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, and the new, nonpartisan Institute of Politics led by David Axelrod, AB'76. Our brand new Logan Center for the Arts provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary center for the arts on campus, in addition to other outstanding venues including the Smart Museum of Art and the award–winning Court Theatre.

Our campus is in the historic residential neighborhood of Hyde Park, just a short walk from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and seven miles from downtown Chicago, easily accessible by train, car, or scenic lakeside bike path. Chicago—one of the largest and most diverse centers for business, law, arts, and culture in the United States—provides the perfect setting to your graduate education, with resources like the Chicago Board of Trade, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Field Museum. The University also has locations in Beijing, London, Paris, and Singapore, and hosts two national laboratories, Argonne and Fermilab, where some of the world's leading research in physics and engineering is conducted.

You can learn more about our wide variety of degree programs, student life and resources, and how to register for a tour by exploring the Graduate Admissions website: As you consider your own graduate education, we hope you consider visiting us and applying to join our community of scholars.


Deborah Nelson
Deputy Provost for Graduate Education