The University of Chicago - University Community Service Center (UCSC)

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About Us

The University of Chicago is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education and research, with the most Nobel Prizes (87) awarded to faculty, former faculty, and alumni. It is located in the Hyde Park/South Kenwood neighborhood, a racially and economically diverse residential community of 43,000 people on the shores of Lake Michigan, about fifteen minutes south of downtown Chicago.

The University Community Service Center (UCSC) is one of 20 departments under the Campus and Student Life (CSL) division that serves the University's 5,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate and professional school students. UCSC provides students with service opportunities that complement a rigorous academic experience. UCSC encourages students to explore Chicago, to make meaningful connections with diverse communities throughout the city, to develop friendships with other social-minded students, and to apply classroom learning to understand and address complex societal issues.

UCSC offers different community service options that tailor to student interests: volunteer referral, student-run groups, campus-wide days of service, freshmen pre-orientation service week, community-building and social justice programs, tie-ins with course work, and internships at local organizations, including community non-profits, hospitals, businesses, and government agencies.

UCSC's goal is to support students in becoming productive, thoughtful citizens and effective, inspiring leaders in their communities and professions. We want our students to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to use their education for the public good.