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Literally the place where fun goes to die

May 15 2012Anthropology
Literally the place where fun goes to die. I hate this place with all my heart. If I could do it all over again I would rather go to Kansas State University than Chicago. They are trying to conn students into attending by artificially manipulating yield using protectionist strategies. If you want to preserve your sanity steer clear of this hell hole. I tried to transfer to a more fun place like Penn or Duke, but was unfortunately unsuccessful. This school is a waste of money. Students are arrogant and frankly even slightly racist.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2013
Surrounding City: B+, Useful Schoolwork: F

While this school is excellent for many, it's

Oct 31 2011Philosophy
While this school is excellent for many, it's a great mistake for some. There's no way to know if you'll be one of the many or one of the 'some.' It's a very vocal, very intellectual environment, you'll be around a lot of brilliant, quirky, people.

It does truly celebrate the life of the mind.
That being said, there are deep issues with how the university is set up, and I don't think that some students are given the respect or treated with the dignity they deserve. For students who have had traumatic experiences here, there is nowhere to turn to. It is common enough to leave college, lost, but at this school especially it is easy to sentimentalize what is truly a very expensive experience that is not really worth it.

Apart from some really dogged alumni who will defend to death the virtue of this pure university. Most people who arrive realize at some time, that there are a lot of disquieting things about this place. It's not very modern for one thing, and really needs to work on modernizing itself to meet contemporary needs. It seemed to me like a lot of students were fraudulently getting 'excited' about the core when it really was kind of a waste of time.

Also, I know that many people meet their life partners here but often it is because they are scared. They are scared for different reasons but are nevertheless scared. So yeah, if you want to get married in college, this is a great place statistically speaking. However, it is better to come here if you are not attractive as you'll find more people like yourself in this dismal place!!

It's better to stumble around here and get your degree, then try to impress people when they think that this is a state school and only academics care. Or worse. People won't like you because this is a prestigious institution.

Anyways, if you don't mind taking 4 years out of your life to indulge in the life of the mind the library is great. The school is very walkable. The neighborhood has its charms. The safety record is not that bad. You probably have more to fear from other students than 'some neighborhood robber who will hold you up at gunpoint.'

Assuming that nothing major happens, it's a good place to be if you like being around some of the smartest people in the world. Professors do take the time to talk to undergraduates. Many people are quite kind. Sometimes that can all be lost in a second, and you'll feel alone, but it's not a horrific place. Toe around with the administration, try not to care too much, get an air conditioner if you're around in the summer, you might actually enjoy your experience and find yourself employable after 4 years.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2003
Campus Maintenance: A, Individual Value: F

I'm writing this to warn potential undergraduate applicants

Feb 23 2011History/Histories (art history/etc.)
I'm writing this to warn potential undergraduate applicants from attending this horrible (undergraduate) institution. Come here for graduate school, that's what they care about. Unless you're an econ major, then come here. As a consequence of this school I became a worse student, person, citizen, and spiritual being. I regret my decision to come and to stay every day. It's terrible. I wasted time and money. There were many better schools I could have gone to. Instead, I've lowered my career prospects by staying at a school not designed to help its undergraduate students. If you really want to go to a school where your work will be rewarded properly, choose a liberal arts institution - I wish I did. These larger research universities are straight lying when they claim the school offers all of the advantages of a liberal arts university. UChicago is a classic example of why liberal arts colleges exist. Unless you're an absolute shark who really forces yourself toward opportunities, the school DOES NOT CARE.
4th Year Male -- Class 2010
Campus Maintenance: A, Individual Value: F

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