University of Chicago is a private research university, established in 1890, located in Hyde Park at Chicago, Illinois. It has over 5,700 undergraduate students and a beautiful ivy-covered campus with both modern and gothic-style architecture. Its Core Curriculum guarantees a solid liberal arts education, along with discussion-style and larger classes with prominent faculty. Freshmen are required to live on campus and with its Hogwarts-style house system, there’s an automatic sense of belonging! The university’s libraries, such as the Regenstein library is a great place for marathon study sessions. Students cheer for the Chicago Maroons and get to take part in amazing campus-hosted events such as the largest university-wide scavenger hunt! They can also explore the downtown area of the Windy City, which has a fantastic restaurant, theater and comedy scene. Notable U of Chicago alumni include James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA and Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon. University of Chicago, with its big city perks and accessible faculty, is consistently ranked among the smartest schools in the country.