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Impressions Of
University of Chicago

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Reasons to attend and to not attend University of Chicago

To Attend

  • “The UChicago name carries weight. In terms of graduate school or job applications, I’m starting to realize how much weight it carries.”
  • “Chicago as a city is pretty amazing. A lot of the architecture is stunning. It’s also nice to be involved in a pretty big and popular city that has a lot more people of color.” [About 36% of the population of Chicago is Black.]
  • “The Core Curriculum has benefited my education a lot. I feel that if I had gone to another college I wouldn’t have read nearly as many fundamental works as I have. No matter what you’re majoring in, it’s helpful to know what Marx is about. It’s contributed to my growth as a person, not just a student.”
  • “The student body and professors are truly some of the most ambitious and passionate people I’ve ever met, whether that be academically, or in extracurricular activities. This ambition is very contagious and makes you do as much and learn as much as you can.”
  • “To push yourself. For me, it’s really hard to grapple with the fact that I’m not always going to get all A’s. Any grade I get I work exceptionally hard for so it means more to me even when I get that B+.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you’re someone who doesn’t like to do work. I don’t know anybody who has not said, “I’m not going out tonight to do work.” It definitely breaks you down before it builds you up.”
  • “For somebody who’s pre-med, you’re not going to have a perfect GPA. Accept that you will have a lower GPA than you expect when you graduate when you compare to the national average. Medical schools consider that you go to UChicago. It can be really frustrating to work your butt off and still not the grade that you want. If you care more about the grade than what you learned, don’t come.”
  • “It can be sad to see some of the segregation and disparity in some areas of the city.”
  • “If you value the traditional social life and the idea of Greek life how it is at big state schools, it’s not the place for you.”
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