University of Chicago Distinctives – Core Curriculum, Econ, Political Science, Sciences, History, Sociology


Mary Hetlage, of Chicago, addressing the rapt Florimont students.


The serried ranks of eager students!

3 approaches – completely open choice, directed choice, distribution requirements.  Uni Chicago is the 2nd.

For IB, most who make competitive applications would be getting 6s or 7s.,_Chicago

Chicago – career opportunities, internships, financial hub,arts community, government.  Institute of Politics – top political speakers.  Sciences – Institute of Molecular Engineering.  NOT TRADITIONAL ENGINEERING.  Battery and electrical engineering.

The Windy City.

House system – communities – microcosm of the wider university.  Academic support.  Collaborative place – learning happens through discussion. Social support too.

Greek life – 10% of students.

Visual and Performing Arts Centre – see  Music major – theory.  Theatre and Performance Studies – academic approach.  Cinema and Media STudies Major.  Artist in residence.

June – writing supplement.  1 essay from a choice of 5.  E.g. « What’s so odd about odd numbers? »  « What’s your pH? »  See

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Individual counselling.

Here are my notes from the presentation –

Chicago 5.5k undergraduates. 8 Nobel prize winners on faculty. Liberal arts.

Small classes 80% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Core curriculum.   1-3 of your coursework.  1-3 Major.  1-3 of something else you like.

One of the most rigorous curricula you will find.  Great literary works.  19 students max, discussion-led.  Conversation with Faculty.  Very international.

Discussion and debate. Then choose Major…follow your passion.

Research university. Grad schools like business.  Interdisciplinary opps.

Double major possible. Centres all over world.

Strong career programme. Internships. Live on campus 1st year and longer if want.

3rd largest city in US.  Academic experiences and your take on things. Extra curric.  No particular SAT scores.  Writing score not used.  Out of 1600 total – 1500-1550 for CR and Math. No subject tests required.

11% international students. 2.7k  rolling applications.

EA no ED. Charity work…be authentic.  Scholarships both merit and need based.

Lynn University

1600 students undergraduate.

Recognised for skill with student with learning disabilities.

40% in Business, Sports Management, Hospitality.


Free music programme.  IELTS 6.  WILL CONSIDER ANYONE!

Plenty of international students.  Division 1 soccer and basketball teams.  Ipad initiative.