The University of Chicago includes the undergraduate College; the William B. and Catherine V. Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies; Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering; four graduate divisions: Biological Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences; six graduate professional schools: Divinity School, Law School, Pritzker School of Medicine, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy & Practice; and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Course Information

Generally, courses with the first three digits numbered from 10000 to 29999 are courses designed to meet requirements for baccalaureate degrees. Courses with numbers beginning with 30000 and above meet requirements for higher degrees.


The Unit is the measure of credit at The University of Chicago. One full Unit (100) is equivalent to 3 1/3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours. Courses of greater or lesser value (150, 050) carry proportionately more or fewer semester or quarter hours of credit.  More information about the credit conversion can be found on the UChicago Conversion Chart and Equivalencies.


The University of Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Visit the Campus and Student Life website for information regarding accreditation, approval or licensure from individual academic programs.

Calendar & Status

The University calendar is on the quarter system. Full time quarterly registration in the College is for three or four units and in the divisions and schools for three units. For exceptions, see Graduate Residence Status.

Basis of Authenticity

Transcripts of University of Chicago academic records for students registered after Spring Quarter 1979 are presented in two media: Paper or Electronic.

Paper Transcripts: these are computer generated and printed on safety paper. The transcript is official if it bears the signature of the University Registrar in white over the smaller University seal on the front of the transcript. Further detail on verifying authenticity appears on the face of the document.

Electronic Transcripts: these are digitally signed, sent electronically, and display a blue ribbon certificate of authenticity.