The University of Chicago was founded in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society and oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, who later described the University of Chicago as “the best investment I ever made.” Although the University was established by Baptists, it was non-denominational from the start. It also welcomed women and minority students at a time when many universities did not. The University of Chicago has had a profound impact on American higher education; curricula across the country have been influenced by the emphasis on broad humanistic and scientific undergraduate education. Currently, there are over 2,100 faculty members and over 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
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