Campus Life at Booth
What Booth Is Known For
A storied history. Chicago Booth traces its history back to the late 19th century, when the University of Chicago opened the College of Commerce and Politics. The school went through several name changes until 2008, when a $300M gift from alumnus David Booth gave the school its current identity. Chicago Booth has certainly had many firsts in its long life, including being the first school to award a PhD in business to a woman, in 1929.
Community of graduate schools. Booth is one of many prestigious graduate schools at the university, which has more graduate students than undergraduates. The university is also home to a renowned law school, medical school, and even a divinity school. The university’s many centers and institutes show the school’s breadth and diversity.
Friendly, Midwest vibe. Although the vast majority of students come from outside the Midwest, the school tends to maintain its region’s characteristically friendly and welcoming energy. The Booth environment tends to be much less formal than peer schools on the East Coast, such as Harvard, Wharton, and Columbia. Although Booth students are intellectual and accomplished, they’re incredibly down-to-earth and don’t give you the sense that they’re constantly trying to impress.
A commuter school. Although some students live in Hyde Park, the majority of students live downtown (“the Loop” to insiders), often even in the same buildings. Other popular spots include the South Loop and northern neighborhoods of River North, Old Town, and Lincoln Park. The campus itself tends to clear out by early evening. Nighttime study sessions take place at the school’s downtown facilities or in individual apartments.