Building on campus

Educational Objectives and Enrollment

The College residential and curricular experience is predicated on the community that students build by attending classes together and by learning from faculty and each other in academic and social settings. We believe that successful education at the college level depends to a large extent on regular attendance at classes and laboratories, and therefore it is the expectation of the College that students will attend all classes for which they have registered. Nevertheless, it is up to the individual department, faculty member, or instructor to set the attendance policy for their individual courses. 

All students enroll in the general education curriculum, designed with the expectation that in the first two years of study a student will complete general education requirements and introductory courses in a major. The final two years of enrollment are devoted to advanced work in the major and elective courses that build on the foundation laid in the first two years.

In order to engage in this structured plan, students must register full time (with three or four courses) in each quarter of the standard academic year (autumn, winter, spring) for the first two years. Full-time registration allows for completion of the general education requirements and introductory courses to the major, and enables students to participate fully in the intellectual life of the College. As young scholars, students test their understanding and perspective across all disciplines in conversation with peers. The community that develops in College Housing and in cocurricular student life builds on students’ common experiences in learning and in exploring beyond the classroom. Further, the elements of the general education curriculum provide cross-disciplinary perspectives on enduring questions and create the habits of mind that prepare students for advanced studies.

General Information

The University of Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to programs on the basis of individual merit. The University, therefore, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, protected veteran status, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, parental status, ancestry, source of income, credit history, housing status, order of protection status, actual or perceived association with such a person, and does not discriminate against members of other protected classes under the law.  

The University official responsible for coordinating compliance with the University of Chicago nondiscrimination policy is Ingrid Gould, Interim Affirmative Action Officer. She can be reached via email at and by telephone at 773.702.8846. Her office is located in Edward H. Levi Hall, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Suite 510.

The Interim Title IX Coordinator for the University is Belinda Cortez Vazquez, Associate Dean of Students in the office of Campus and Student Life. She can be reached via email at and by telephone at 773.834.9710. Her office is located in Edward H. Levi Hall, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Room 212.

The Interim 504 and ADA Coordinator for the University is Gregory Moorehead, Director of Student Disability Services. He can be reached via email at and by telephone at 773.702.7776. His office is located at 5501 South Ellis Avenue.

The content of this catalog is accurate as of April 1, 2015. It is subject to change.

Cover photo by Anton Grassl.