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The University of Chicago
Julius Rosenwald Hall
Latin: Universitas Chicaginiensis
Motto Crescat scientia; vita excolatur (Latin)
Motto in English
Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched
Type Private
Established 1890
Academic affiliations
Endowment $7.928 billion (2018)
President Robert J. Zimmer
Provost Daniel Diermeier
Academic staff
Administrative staff
15,949 (including employees of the University of Chicago Medical Center)
Students 16,445
Undergraduates 6,286
Postgraduates 10,159
Location , ,
United States
Campus Urban
217 acres (87.8 ha) (Main Campus) 41°47′23″N 87°35′59″W / 41.78972°N 87.59972°W / 41.78972; -87.59972Coordinates: 41°47′23″N 87°35′59″W / 41.78972°N 87.59972°W / 41.78972; -87.59972
42 acres (17.0 ha) (Warren Woods Ecological Field Station, Warren Woods State Park)
30 acres (12.1 ha) (Yerkes Observatory)
Colors Maroon and White
Nickname Maroons
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division III – UAA
Mascot Phil the Phoenix
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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.


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

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

Types of schools

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.

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