The University of Chicago, with its long history of Nobel Prize winners and Fields medalists, is home to a rapidly growing computer science department. Located in the bustling and charismatic Hyde Park neighborhood (think of blues, basement bookstores, charming brick buildings, and Harold's Fried Chicken), the University of Chicago exercises a lifestyle of academic excellence with witty street smarts.
On top of an outstanding reputation for higher education, the University has a tradition of interdisciplinary research, including students who have developed successful collaborations with math, statistics, and physics, as well as the biological and social sciences. It is a unique campus with a community that values intellectual exploration and Chicago culture.
Our department now resides in our newly renovated building, the John Crerar Library! Crerar provides state-of-the-art facilities to support our students and faculty, as well as data science, media arts and design, and other computational initiatives from across campus.
Computer science is more popular than ever at the University of Chicago. It's one of the fastest-growing majors in the College, and we are continually adding courses and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Recent growth at University of Chicago Department of Computer Science has provided a significant boost to both the department's global reputation and research productivity. Our graduate students and faculty are producing award-winning research across a diverse number of research areas. Recent awards include best paper and best student papers at EuroVis 2018, CHI 2017, OSDI 2016, AISTATS 2016, ICSE 2015, and FSE 2014. Our PhD students have received numerous accolades, including the NDSEG Fellowship, the NPSC Fellowship, Harper Dissertation Award, and have been named Siebel Scholars and Google Scholars. Our students are active all over the globe, recently winning the first ever Vatican City Hackathon!
Computer science undergraduates at University of Chicago receive a versatile blend of a strong liberal arts education and a rigorous foundation in fundamentals and advanced topics in CS. Small class sizes lead to meaningful interactions with faculty, leading to research opportunities and possible publications.
- Ranked #3 Best National University
- Classes are taught by world-renowned faculty who are both experts in research and committed to teaching and training future generations of computer scientists.
- Average class size for introductory classes is 75 and for upper-level classes is 32, ensuring opportunities for meaningful and personalized interaction.
- Numerous undergraduates work closely with CS faculty on cutting edge research, producing publications at premier research venues such as CHI, CCS, and WWW.
Industry and Entrepreneurship
The department enjoys easy access to a variety of sources for collaboration, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship, both inside and outside the University including:
- Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTI-C)
- Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and the Marine Biological Laboratory
- Greater Chicago Area Systems Research Workshop
- The University's Booth School of Business is ranked #1 and Harris Public Policy is ranked #4
- Chicago's thriving technology scene
- Dozens of colleges and universities in the Chicago area.
UChicago computer science students engage in outreach, hackathons and hack nights, programming competitions, and other extracurricular events through several vibrant student-run organizations. These groups include compileHER, which introduces middle school girls to tech and computer science concepts, Uncommon Hacks, an annual hackathon attracting students from around the country, and Asynchronous Anonymous, which organizes regular tutorials and talks by students for students.
Honors and Awards
- Recent faculty additions have received numerous accolades and awards, including:
- the NSF CAREER Award
- the DoE Early Career Award
- the DARPA Young Faculty Award
- the Sloan Research Fellowship
- the ACM SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation Award
- ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mentions
- the Google Faculty Research Award
- Best Paper Awards at OSDI, USENIX Security, ICSE, FSE, CHI, and ICER.
- Professor Fred Chong recently received an NSF Expedition Award, the agency's largest single-project investment, for Enabling Practical-Scale Quantum Computing.
- Professor Laszlo Babai recently received three ACM SIGACT awards, including the STOC Best Paper award, the ACM SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize, and the Edsger Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing.
- Professor Andrew Chien was recently named Editor-in-Chief of the CACM.
- Four of our professors (Laszlo Babai, Stuart Kurtz, Anne Rogers, and Janos Simon) have received the prestigious Quantrell Award, one of the nation's oldest prizes for excellence in undergraduate teaching.