Motto “Dedicated to the Enlightenment of the Human Spirit”
Founded 1945
Founder Edward J. Sparling
President Ali R. Malekzadeh, PhD
Students 4,127 total enrollment
2,623 undergraduate students
1,504 graduate and doctoral students
Faculty 181 full-time faculty
87% of full-time faculty hold a PhD or equivalent degree or terminal degree in their field
Student/Faculty Ratio 11:1
Average Class Size 18
Academics 5 colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Heller College of Business, College of Education, Chicago College of Performing Arts, College of Science, Health and Pharmacy
Degree Programs 65 undergraduate majors and 40 minors
61 graduate programs
2 doctoral programs
5 Diplomas
20 Certificate Programs
Campuses Chicago: 32-story vertical campus and historic Auditorium Building in downtown Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood
Schaumburg: 225,000-square-foot facility on 27 acres of land 30 miles outside of downtown Chicago in northwest suburban Schaumburg
Harper University Center: At Harper Community College in Palatine.
Additional Accolades Fourth-best college location in Illinois (Niche College Rankings 2019)
Second-tallest university building in the United States (Collegefinder 2014)
Sixth-best residence hall in Illinois (Niche College Rankings 2018)
Race/Ethnicity Count Percent
American Indian/Alaska Native 13 0.3%
Asian 255 6.2%
Black or African American 730 17.7%
Hispanic or Latino 1,148 27.8%
Native Hawaiian/Pac. Islander 3 0.1%
Non-resident Alien 163 3.9%
Other 5 0.1%
Two or more races 125 3.0%
Undeclared/Refuse 169 4.1%
White 1,516 36.7%
University Total 4,127 100%
Gender Count Percent
Female 2,691 65.2%
Male 1,436 34.8%
University Total 4,127 100%

Updated October 2021

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