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have been affiliated with the university as professors, students, faculty, or staff, the fourth most of any institution in the world.
Beyond the arts and sciences, Chicago is also well known for its professional schools, which include the Pritzker School of Medicine, the Booth School of Business, the Law School, the School of Social Service Administration, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and the Divinity School.
The university currently enrolls approximately 5,700 students in the College and around 15,000 students overall.
Both Harper and future president Robert Maynard Hutchins advocated for Chicago's curriculum to be based upon theoretical and perennial issues rather than on applied sciences and commercial utility.
With Harper's vision in mind, the University of Chicago also became one of the 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities, an international organization of leading research universities, in 1900.
It is one of the world's leading and most influential institutions of higher learning, with top-ten positions in numerous rankings and measures.
The university, established in 1890, is composed of the College, various graduate programs, and interdisciplinary committees organized into five academic research divisions, six professional schools, and the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.
Founded by the American Baptist Education Society with a donation from oil magnate and wealthiest man in history John D.
Rockefeller, the University of Chicago was incorporated in 1890; William Rainey Harper became the university's first president in 1891, and the first classes were held in 1892.
This article is about the private university founded in 1890.
For a list of universities in Chicago, see Universities in Chicago.
For the public university in Chicago, see University of Illinois at Chicago.
The University of Chicago (U of C, Chicago, or UChicago) is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois.