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Crescat scientia; Vita Excolatur

Facts for Journalists

William Rainey Harper

William Rainey Harper, first president of the University of Chicago, who served from 1891–1906.

General Facts

  • Motto: Crescat scientia; vita excolatur
    (Let knowledge grow from more to more; And so be human life enriched)
  • Year Incorporated: 1890
  • First Classes: 1892
  • Founder: John D. Rockefeller
  • President: Robert J. Zimmer
  • Color: Maroon
  • Nobel Laureates: 81 Nobel Prize winners have been faculty members, students, or researchers at the University

People

  • 2,168 faculty and other academic personnel
  • 4,901 undergraduates
  • 9,820 graduate, professional, and other students
  • 14,772 employees (including Medical Center)
Dr. Funmi Olopade

Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, who researches molecular genetics of breast cancer among African and African-American women, won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 2005.

Faculty & Student Honors

  • 15 recipients (current faculty) of the MacArthur Foundation "genius grants"
  • 14 recipients (current and former faculty) of the National Medal of Science
  • 3 recipients of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award
  • 11 Rhodes Scholarships since 2000
  • Find more information in our Accolades section

Financials

  • Consolidated operating revenue: $2.6 billion (2006-07)
  • Endowment: $6.2 billion (June 30, 2007)
  • Research funding: $423.7 million (June 30, 2008)
  • Undergraduate tutition (2007-08): $35,169
  • Graduate tutition (2007-08): Varies by unit; see more

Academic Units

Med Center aerial

The University of Chicago Medical Center was most recently named to the prestigious Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. & World Report in 2008.

Other Units

Campus, Architecture & Notable Buildings

Fermilab at dusk

In 2000, scientists from Fermilab announced the discovery of a quasar at a distance of 27 billion light years, the most distant object ever observed.

National Laboratories

Campus Museums & Arts Facilities

Professional Arts Organizations on Campus

eighth blackbird

Artists in residence eighth blackbird won two Grammy awards in 2008 for its album "strange imaginary animals."

Athletics

Some Registered Student Organizations