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February 27, 2020 Thursday 11:45:39 AM IST

UoC Campaign raises $5.43 billion for Inquiry and Impact campaign

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The University of Chicago has concluded the most ambitious and comprehensive campaign in its history, raising $5.43 billion to support pioneering scholarship, UChicago’s transformative education, and the University’s impact in Chicago and around the world.

The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact addresses priorities in every division, school, department, and institute at the University—from global engagement to scientific discovery, urban research and practice, to culture and society. Support from the campaign has already begun transforming UChicago’s campus and presence around the world while advancing the University’s work in such key areas as financial aid, faculty scholarship, patient care at the UChicago Medical Center and community engagement.

The campaign is enabling a range of milestones at the University, from the launch of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, the nation’s first school dedicated to this emerging field; to the opening of The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong. Over the course of the campaign, the University has opened a new home for the Harris School of Public Policy at the Keller Center, launched the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, expanded economic studies through the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, opened the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and started construction on the Rubenstein Forum scheduled to open this fall.

A critical part of the campaign has been a focus on expanded financial support for students. The campaign raised about $800 million in expanded financial support, allowing students to immerse themselves in their studies while taking advantage of an array of programs to help them connect their education to their future lives. The University’s flagship Odyssey Scholarship Program started with an anonymous gift of $100 million, and the program has systematically increased in scope thanks to sustained philanthropic commitment. These gifts provide support to meet the full financial needs of College students who qualify for financial aid, with no debt expectations for them or their families—transforming the lives of undergraduate students who otherwise could not attend the College. The University also received gifts that have dramatically increased its capacity to offer financial aid to international College students. 

At the same time, because of the philanthropy connected to the campaign, professional student scholarships and significantly expanded funding for doctoral students have supported the University’s effort to bring the highest caliber of students to campus independent of background and need, and to support their work. The campaign greatly increased support for facilities and activities of global engagement, particularly through the University’s centers and campuses in Beijing, Hong Kong, Delhi, Paris and London, and in programs across the world. The University’s commitment to the city of Chicago and the South Side, and the enhancement of the University as an intellectual destination, have been critical in enhancing the University’s reach in education, research, and impact.

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