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Top 10 Schools where the pursuit of knowledge goes far beyond the classroom

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

While the University of Chicago’s official motto is Crescat scientia; vita excolatur (Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched), some students refer to the school as the place “Where fun goes to die.” This is somewhat misleading, but it gets to the heart of U Chicago’s reputation: its academic intensity. “The stereotype says UC students spend all their time studying … but it leaves out an important clarification. We find studying fun. We find doing work fun. Normative definitions of fun don't fly here.” A sophomore studying anthropology writes, “Let's put it this way: the all-night level of the library is one of the most social places on campus.” But students don’t mind. To the contrary, they seem to get a kick out of the intellectual—and sometimes straight-up weird—atmosphere of the school. “Sometimes my friends and I will look at each other in the middle of a conversation and just say WOW, this is a UChicago conversation!” “At any given time, when you walk across the quad, you’ll hear everything from talk about Super String Theory, to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, to a psychoanalysis of Anna Karenina, to commentary on the new U.S. Mint. How great is that?”