This webpage is designed to provide you with important information regarding a full range of topics related to your time as a University student. Most of the information is available with more detail on other University websites, the URL's of those websites are also provided. Paper copies of the information described below are available on the request.


Accreditation, Approval or Licensure

The University of Chicago has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association since 1913.  Additional information regarding accreditation, approval or licensure of the University is available upon request from Ingrid Gould, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, (773) 702-8846, igould@uchicago.edu.  In addition to the University’s accreditation, various academic programs receive separate accreditations.  Information regarding accreditation, approval or licensure from individual academic programs is available upon request as follows:

1.    The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Accredited by: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Contact: Lisa Messaglia, Executive Director, Faculty Services, (773) 702-8220, lisa.messaglia@chicagobooth.edu

2.    The University of Chicago Divinity School
Accredited by:  Association of Theological Schools 
Contact:  Theresa Owens, Divinity School Dean of Students, (773) 702-8217, tdowens@uchicago.edu

3.    The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program
Accredited by:  Illinois State Board of Education
Contact:  Kavita Kapadia Matsko, Director for the Urban Teacher Education Program, (773) 834-1837, kkapadia@uchicago.edu

4.    The University of Chicago Law School
Accredited by:  Association of American Law Schools
Contact:  Amy Gardner, Dean of Students, (773) 702-3955, amgardn@uchicago.edu,

5.    The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
http://pritzker.uchicago.edu/page/about and http://pritzker.uchicago.edu/page/md-curriculum Accredited by:  Liaison Committee on Medical Education 
Contact:  Dr. Holly Humphrey, Dean for Medical Education, (773) 834-2138, dean-for-meded@bsd.uchicago.edu

6.    The University of Chicago Social Service Administration
Accredited by:  Council on Social Work Education
Contact:  Karen Teigiser, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Dean for Curriculum, (773) 702-1162,  k-teigiser@uchicago.edu

Additionally, some academic units at the University of Chicago offer various postsecondary distance-learning opportunities. In keeping with guidelines of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), distance learners are entitled to consumer protections against fraudulent or dishonest activity. Examples of issues that could lead to complaints include veracity of recruitment and marketing materials; accuracy of information about tuition, fees and financial aid; and complete and accurate admissions requirements for courses and programs. Complaints and/or allegations of fraudulent or dishonest activity related to the University’s distance education programs should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students in the University at Campus and Student Life (5801 South Ellis Avenue, Suite #203, Chicago, IL 60637 or DOS-University@uchicago.edu). This office will investigate the complaint in a timely fashion, resolve the complaint, report the outcome to the complainant, and maintain a record of the complaint. This resolution process does not apply to complaints about grades or student conduct violations. If a complaining party is not satisfied with the resolution of the complaint, the complaint may be appealed to the Illinois SARA Coordinator, Nkechi Onwuameze (sara@ibhe.org, 217.557.7382, Illinois Board of Higher Education, 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701).

Academic Programs at the University

The University catalogs are resources that describe the different degree programs, requirements and the faculty, as well as a sampling of courses for the different graduate divisions, professional schools and the undergraduate college. The catalogs are available online at http://catalogs.uchicago.edu. In addition, all degree programs provide a description of the course of study and degree requirements at their web pages. For information regarding the University’s facilities related to its academic programs, please see the list of architecture and campus features at http://visit.uchicago.edu/attractions.shtml, the UChicago Maps website at http://maps.uchicago.edu/index.shtml, and the Facilities Services website at http://facilities.uchicago.edu/.  Additionally, the University’s Annual Report is a source for information regarding the University’s progress on its new academic initiatives.  The Annual Report can be found online at https://annualreport.uchicago.edu/.

Attendance Costs and Financial Aid Information


The Office of the Bursar maintains information about the tuition rates for the different academic units as well as fees for books, room and board, commuting and programming cost. The information is available on the Office of the Bursar website at https://bursar.uchicago.edu/page/tuition-rates-0


Financial aid is available for qualified students. Learn more information about the University’s financial aid programs by reviewing the information provided by your financial aid office, as listed below:

The College
Office of College Aid
1115 East 58th Street
Walker 309
Chicago, IL 60637

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business 
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid 
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Office of Medical Education
924 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

For All Other Graduate Divisions and Schools 
Student Loan Administration
970 East 58th Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60637


Students enrolled in certain study abroad programs may qualify for financial aid to cover those costs.  More information is available:

College: https://study-abroad.uchicago.edu/tuition/financial-aid

Chicago Booth  http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/academics/international/index.aspx

Withdrawal Procedures


Students allowed to drop all or part of their registrations will be granted a reduction of a portion of the original charges. More information is available on the Office of the Bursar website, http://bursar.uchicago.edu/tuition.html#refunds


Students who drop all or part of their registrations will have federal grant and loan assistance returned according to the following schedules:

Graduate Students with financial aid processed by Student Loan Administration


Pritzker School of Medicine


Students who wish to withdraw from all or part of their registrations will need to follow the instructions provided by their Dean of Students:

Biological Sciences Division  

Chicago Booth 



Graham School



Physical Sciences Division 

Pritzker School of Medicine  

Public Policy

Social Service Administration

Equity in Athletics

The University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation's report for the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act is available, upon request, from the Department at 5530 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, 773-702-7684.

Information about Students and Alumni 


The Office of the University Registrar maintains statistical information about students including student graduation/completion rates, retention and transfer-out rates as well as the diversity of the student body. The information is on the web at: http://registrar.uchicago.edu/statistics


Information about the plans of College students after graduation can be found at: https://careeradvancement.uchicago.edu/content/historical-undergraduate-outcomes
For information regarding employment and post-graduate enrollment plans of graduate and professional students, please contact the Office of Career Advancement at 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, 773-702-7040.

Policies and Regulations

As a student, you will want to familiarize yourself with the many student policies and regulations. Several of these policies are mentioned below, and you are strongly encouraged to review all the University policies and regulations pertaining to students in the Student Manual of University Policies and Regulations on the web at: http://studentmanual.uchicago.edu. Hard copies of the Student Manual of University Policies and Regulations are also available upon request from the Office of Campus and Student Life, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.


Current students can indicate a “preferred” first and/or middle name, which is a name the student wishes to be commonly known as, if different from his or her legal first and/or middle name. A student may change his or her preferred first and/or middle name using myUChicago (https://my.uchicago.edu/). The full policy and procedures are available at http://studentmanual.uchicago.edu/student_records


All students can expect a certain level of privacy with respect to personal records maintained by the University. The University's policy and procedures concerning privacy and the release of student records are in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) http://studentmanual.uchicago.edu/inspection_record.

Directory Information

Directory information such as a student’s name, address, e-mail address, photograph, and phone number may be released without consent unless the student has requested the information be withheld.


In accordance with FERPA, the University will comply with the following procedures regarding the inspection and review of education records:

1. All students who are or have been in attendance at the University shall have the right to inspect and review their education records, subject to the limitations provided under FERPA and its applicable regulations.

2. Students should file written requests to see their education records with the Office of Campus and Student Life (Suite 203, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60637, 773-702-7770). A representative from the Office of Campus and Student Life will discuss such requests with the student to assure that the appropriate records are compiled for the student's review. The representative from the Office of Campus and Student Life will make arrangements for access and will notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

3.  Students may seek to amend their own education records that they believe to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights. 

4.  Students have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except in limited circumstances where disclosure without consent is permitted by federal law.

5.  Student education records may be disclosed without the student’s consent to school officials, including faculty members, for legitimate educational interests.

6. Information, such as recommendations, received by the University from sources both inside and outside the University before January 1, 1975, and written under assumptions of confidentiality, will remain confidential.

7. Information, such as recommendations, collected by the University after January 1, 1975, in connection with a student's admission to the University will be considered to have served its purpose upon a student's acceptance, and will not be part of an official record. Recommendations for admission in the College will also be used for the purposes of initial academic advising. Should the applicant matriculate in the College the recommendations will remain part of the student's education record until the end of his or her first quarter in residence when the recommendations ordinarily will be removed from the record and destroyed. In any and all cases, should the student have waived his or her access to the letters of recommendation, they will not be provided for inspection.

8. For letters of recommendation from University of Chicago faculty or others, written after January 1, 1975, in connection with the student's admission to some part of the University other than the one in which the student is currently registered, the area of the University to which the student is applying will consider him or her an applicant and, as such, the student will not have access to such information.

9. A student's medical records, maintained separately by the Student Health Service, are unavailable for non-medical use within the University and are also unavailable to non-medical sources outside the University. Student medical records are not considered to be part of a student's education records. A student may of course continue to consult his or her physician about his or her medical records.

10. Parental statements of financial resources will remain confidential. Where parents indicate a willingness for the information in such statements to be shared with the student, the statements will be made available to the student upon request.

11. Notes written by a member of the faculty, an adviser, or others concerning students, for the exclusive use of the writer, may be retained by the writer and will not be considered part of the student's education record.

12. Access to a student's education records will be provided within a reasonable period of time, but in no case more than forty-five days after the request has been made.

13. If a student feels that the University has failed to comply with FERPA, he or she has the right to file a complaint with the Department of Education. 


Current students in the College may take courses at other institutions and transfer these credits back to the University of Chicago. The full policy and procedures are available at http://college.uchicago.edu/policies-regulations/course-registration-policies/transfer-credit

New transfer students in the College should have received a Transfer Credit Evaluation upon admission. Questions about the transfer credit may be directed to Joseph Edwards, Senior Adviser in the College and the transfer student adviser, by calling 773-702-9134, or at jredward@uchicago.edu.

Transfer credit policies for graduate and professional school students are determined by each academic unit and are available from Office of the Dean of Students in the professional schools or the academic departments of the graduate divisions.

Doctoral students may participate in the Academic Exchange Program, which allows students to take advantage of special educational opportunities not available at the home campus. Participants register at the home and host institutions and a record of work done is entered on the transcripts of both institutions. For additional information, please see https://grad.uchicago.edu/career-development/academic-exchange-program.


 Eligibility and Acceptable Use Policy

The University provides information technology for educational, research, and administrative applications by its students, faculty, and staff. As stated in the Eligibility and Acceptable Use Policy, http://itservices.uchicago.edu/policies/, "Use of information technology that violates this Policy and rules based on it may result in disciplinary proceedings and, in some cases, in legal action. The University reserves the right to inspect and to disconnect computers that are attached to the University network. Disciplinary proceedings involving information technology are similar to those for violations of other University policies, and may have serious consequences."

File Sharing Policy

The Eligibility and Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology, among other things, prohibits illegally sharing copyrighted materials over the University’s network. The unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject students to disciplinary action as well as civil and criminal liabilities. The University’s File Sharing Policy and a summary of the penalties for violation of the Federal copyright laws can be found at https://itservices.uchicago.edu/policies/file-sharing-policy. A detailed description of the University’s policies concerning disciplinary actions for the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material can be found in the Networking and Information Technology Policies section of the Student Manual at http://studentmanual.uchicago.edu/


 The Student Health Service notifies all new students of the Illinois State law immunization requirement and provides instructions for compliance. All students are required by this law to present proof of immunity from German measles, measles, mumps, and tetanus/diphtheria. If you are not compliant by the end of the 3rd week of the first quarter, you will not be able to register for a future quarter until you have complied with the immunization requirement. For more information about the State of Illinois immunization law, see http://studenthealth.uchicago.edu/page/immunization-compliance.  


The University of Chicago has a long-standing commitment to robust intellectual dialogue and disagreement, and to civil conduct on campus and in its programs. Upon learning about behavior that jeopardizes that environment the University will assess the situation, intervene as appropriate and support those who raised concerns. Details concerning the University's Violence Prevention Policy are available online at: http://studentmanual.uchicago.edu/ViolencePreventionPolicy.

Safety and Emergencies

Chicago is a vibrant and exciting city, and you should take advantage of all it has to offer. As a world-class city, Chicago also presents all of the typical challenges of a modern urban society. While the University takes measures to ensure a safe campus environment, it is important to keep in mind that this responsibility also rests with you. The following safety resources are available to you as you study in and explore Chicago:


Published annually, the University's campus safety report, Common Sense, is designed to help you navigate the city successfully and offers information about the University offices that provide services related to security and safety. You can find this important report on the web at http://commonsense.uchicago.edu/.

Common Sense includes information regarding:

  • Reporting of criminal activity;
  • Transportation on and around campus;
  • Safety notifications and information on security and crime prevention programs;
  • Emergency response plan;
  • Fire safety plan;
  • Policy regarding the sale, possession, and use of alcohol and illegal drugs;
  • Drug and alcohol education programs;
  • Crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years;
  • Programs to prevent sex offenses and procedures to follow when sex offenses occur;
  • Location of a list of registered sex offenders residing in Chicago; and
  • Missing student notification policy.

In addition to the website mentioned above, Common Sense is also available in hard copy upon request from the University of Chicago Police Department, 6054 South Drexel Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, (773-702-8190); and from the Office of Campus and Student Life, Suite 203, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (773-702-7770).


Our safety notification system is designed to provide information to members of the University and surrounding community so they can take preventive action to protect their safety or reduce the likelihood that they will become the victim of a crime. The new system includes three tiers of notification, based upon the seriousness of the particular incident.

All crime reported to UCPD is logged each business day into the online UCPD daily incident reports website, which is accessible at http://www.uchicago.edu/php/safety/incidentReports.php.

For serious incidents of crime—those in which a community threat is perceived—an e-mail alert is sent as soon as possible after the reported incident to all University students, staff and faculty, as well as to community members who have registered for the alerts.

In the event of a significant emergency or natural disaster— one which requires you to take immediate action to protect your health and safety—a message will be broadcast within minutes via cAlert to all registered individuals via home phone, cell phone, text message, and e-mail. As incidents at other universities have made clear, it is very important that we be able to reach you quickly in the event of an emergency or serious threat. If you are not currently registered for cAlert, we strongly encourage you to do so by visiting https://calert.uchicago.edu/.


The Community Safety website (http://www.uchicago.edu/safety/) includes extensive information about crimes and other incidents reported to the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). It also includes links to aggregate crime data and trends as well as safety resources and prevention tips.


For fire safety information for on-campus student housing facilities, please see: http://commonsense.uchicago.edu/page/appendix-iii-fire-safety-campus-student-housing

 Services for Students with Disabilities

The University strives to be supportive of the academic, personal and work related needs of each individual and is committed to facilitating the full participation of students with a disability in the life of the University. The University is committed to complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information about the resources and services for students with disabilities please see: http://disabilities.uchicago.edu/

Voter Registration

If you are a US citizen and you are planning to vote in Illinois, you must be registered to vote or submit your application at least 28 days prior to the election.

Illinois does not have online voter registration, but a mail-in form is available through the Illinois State Board of Elections website (http://www.elections.state.il.us/). The "Information for Voters" page (http://www.elections.state.il.us/InfoForVoters.aspx) explains who can register to vote in Illinois, how to register, what forms of identification are required, and the procedures for voting by absentee ballot or changing your name or address. In the "How do I Register to Vote" link, you can download the Illinois Voter Registration Application form in English or Spanish.

You can also obtain the mail-in form directly from the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago (http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=170). The Board also allows you to register in person at its offices at 69 West Washington Street downtown.