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A good place to meet other smart, nerdyBrightPreMed and Medical
A good place to meet other smart, nerdy people. Kind of shitty otherwise. All the flack you read here is true: Chicago is cold, undergrads are ignored, academics are unnecessarily competitive and demanding, you're just a number to the administration, students are under so much pressure that they become suicidal.

As an 18 year old from a not-so-competitive high school in the South, it was good for me to rub elbows with my intellectual equals for a few years, a really good growing-up experience. However, it quickly became obvious that the school was not going to help me achieve my goals: it seemed that we learned no relevant job skills and only a small minority was being prepped for a bright future in graduate school: the rest of us could just fuck off already. It's really a shame because a lot of my friends were very talented and it seems like they didn't get what they needed out of their university experience.

Aside from the social factor I don't think I got much out of UChicago: I can barely remember what I learned; I don't think it was taught very well. I spent more time fighting for decent food and rest than actually applying myself to my schoolwork: the cafeteria was an hourlong round trip busride away and my room mate liked to invite various boyfriends overnight without asking for permission in advance.If you were an alienated genius in high school you may well fit in here, then again the experience of being alienated may not lend itself well to success at an extremely competitive nationally-ranked university. I thought it sucked a lot, but I'd probably do it again, I just wouldn't care as much or try as hard.

1st Year Female -- Class 2011
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I went to the U. of C. many years ago, and although my academic experience was good, I wouldn't go there again if I were making the choice today. Chicago was a rather depressing place to be--more like a graduate school than a college. Although there definitely were activities students could participate in, as well as informal parties/get-togethers, I do think there's truth to the perception that the U. of C. is where fun goes to die. Overall, my experience there was not fun, though I liked my department a lot and made good friends while there. The weather is terrible, the skies are often gray/overcast, and I really did feel like I was sort of stuck there for four years. If the "life of the mind" is all you really care about, you'll probably like Chicago, but if you want to have fun too and a more "well-rounded" college experience in a location with more sunny days (and happier students), go elsewhere. There were a lot of unhappy students at Chicago when I attended?I certainly wasn't the only one biding my time and counting the days till I could leave. I got a great education, though--no regrets really there, though in my day there wasn't much in the way of career counseling/planning.
4th Year Female -- Class 1975
Education Quality: A, University Resource Use/ spending: C
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I regret attending a snobby university.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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