Looks like Booth just jumped up my list of schools

Good for them.

"The University of Chicago recently made it clear to its crop of incoming students that academic freedom and inquiry remain pillars at the institution, and that the university does not support "so-called" trigger warnings or offer safe spaces that allow students "to retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own. Here is how the university welcomed its incoming class of 2020:

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to the college at the University of Chicago. Earning a place in our community of scholars is no small achievement and we are delighted that you selected Chicago to continue your intellectual journey.

Once here you will discover that one of the University of Chicago's defining characteristics is our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. ... Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.

And then, the coup de grace:

Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so called 'trigger warnings,' we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces' where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own"

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/univ-chica...

Comments (30)

Aug 28, 2016

Respect to Booth!

Sep 27, 2016

Booth is one of the most overrated programs regarding an MBA. They have four programs, over 2k students studying at any given time, and when considering all the options, one of the easier MBA programs to get in. I actually switched from the part time MBA program just because of how abysmal the program was. I had classmates with extremely low gmat scores who somehow got in. One student even went to the university of Phoenix online before getting into Booth, no joke. Not even sure why students are applying to full time Booth when part time MBA students can go to the internship recruiting events, I know, I was able to sign up and went, but despite everything, found Kellogg to be the better environment of the two schools, which is why I decided to transfer.

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Jul 3, 2018

@Nico-Skeba, what are you even talking about? You went to Western Michigan University, run a digital marketing company with no employees, and don't have an MBA. Stop being a poser...

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Jul 3, 2018
Nico-Skeba:

Booth is one of the most overrated programs regarding an MBA. They have four programs, over 2k students studying at any given time, and when considering all the options, one of the easier MBA programs to get in. I actually switched from the part time MBA program just because of how abysmal the program was. I had classmates with extremely low gmat scores who somehow got in. One student even went to the university of Phoenix online before getting into Booth, no joke. Not even sure why students are applying to full time Booth when part time MBA students can go to the internship recruiting events, I know, I was able to sign up and went, but despite everything, found Kellogg to be the better environment of the two schools, which is why I decided to transfer.

i'm sorry booth FT rejected you with your 610 GMAT and you instead decided to pretend to be a FT student while actually in the PT program.

Aug 29, 2016

while UChicago is among the best schools out there, and the content of letter was respectable, I wouldn't bank your own decisions because of a public-relations move.

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Sep 1, 2016
whattherock:

while UChicago is among the best schools out there, and the content of letter was respectable, I wouldn't bank your own decisions because of a public-relations move.

100%

Aug 29, 2016

I visited UChicago-Booth over the weekend, and while their business school and campus are pretty nice, its in Chiraq. But I like that. Students aren't being sheltered from anything there, including stray bullets as well as apparently the real world, and they shouldn't be.

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Aug 29, 2016

Other than niche programs like Kellogg 1Y, nobody is in class and HBS just started today. wouldnt it make better sense to visit when students are in

Sep 1, 2016
Oxonian2017:

I visited UChicago-Booth over the weekend, and while their business school and campus are pretty nice, its in Chiraq. But I like that. Students aren't being sheltered from anything there, including stray bullets as well as apparently the real world, and they shouldn't be.

Chicago is safe. Most importantly the very slightly higher risk of a stray bullet makes its residents a whole lot nicer and more polite than New Yorkers.

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Sep 3, 2016

It isn't just the risk of a bullet, you're far more likely to be mugged or burgled. Chicago magazine did a great series on Chicago's PD sweeping crime under the rug including reclassifying homicides as non-criminal death investigations: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-20... and beyond that the city is losing population: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/... You guys need a Rudy and a Felix Rohatyn

Sep 1, 2016

We had to dodge bullets at least three times a day in Hyde Park. After the sun sets, you are also forced to constantly fight off dirty, smelly people trying to mug you. One time I had to fight a marauding dragon on the way back to the metra, in the middle of the winter, during a blizzard and 2 polar vortexes.

It's OK. All that kept us on our toes and the adrenaline rush helped stay awake during Operations lectures.

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Aug 29, 2016

A serious institution

Aug 30, 2016

great find and good to know. Thank G*d at least one school is tackling this issue. But I have doubts that the faculty itself won't sabotage this in some way - they are the ones who probably instituted it in the first place and I doubt they will do quietly

Sep 1, 2016

I have several friends who are rising juniors/seniors at UChicago and have visited the campus when in the city.

Can confirm that whether or not it's a PR move, the culture of the administration has been for decades and is very much in line with the sentiment. Work is challenging, on all levels, and aside from a vocal minority of social justice warriors, students are accepting/proud of the reality that in many ways it's a place were confrontation of ideas is the best way to receive a liberal arts education.

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Sep 1, 2016

Triggered

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Aug 30, 2016
CanadianEnergyBanker:

#Triggered

lol!

Sep 1, 2016

Harambe didn't get a trigger warning, so why should students?

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Sep 1, 2016

Didn't this happen two weeks ago?

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Sep 1, 2016

A lot of ppl from the uni got recruited FT GS, when i was a visiting a friend there, my homie got shot showing me around. We got into a fight with Chief Keef and his krew. Was wall-street vs. the hood. My homie Mike Merger was slain by two two threes. RIP Michael

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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Sep 1, 2016

Education should be about free thought and challenging your own ideas. If you aren't willing to have your ideas challenged, you won't grow, and that's what education is about. If the realities of the world "trigger" you so much just stay in your mom's basement where you belong.

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Sep 1, 2016

Serious question - never been to Chicago - but is Booth in a dangerous area?

Sep 1, 2016

It is geographically located on the south side of Chicago, commonly referred to as Chiraq (play on words between Chicago and Iraq, you do the math). While the south side is a pretty dangerous area, and I would not trek very far down there if you aren't black (Me and my friend are both white and went to Harold's chicken down there a week ago and got many looks), Booth itself and UChicago's campus is in a pretty safe area. I imagine it is comparable to USC being in the middle of South Central LA, but the campus itself being relatively safe.

Sep 7, 2016
Mark Hanna:

It is geographically located on the south side of Chicago, commonly referred to as Chiraq (play on words between Chicago and Iraq, you do the math). While the south side is a pretty dangerous area, and I would not trek very far down there if you aren't black (Me and my friend are both white and went to Harold's chicken down there a week ago and got many looks), Booth itself and UChicago's campus is in a pretty safe area. I imagine it is comparable to USC being in the middle of South Central LA, but the campus itself being relatively safe.

So Booth is a 'safe space'?

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Sep 1, 2016

Obviously a great move by them, and something i hope a lot of other schools follow. A question for people who may know, but i always viewed the whole trigger warnings thing as an undergrad issue. Has stuff like this started to show up in MBA programs as well? I would guess it hasn't given the older age of the students and the more moderate views of the faculty given the business aspect of the education. Curious to see if i'm wrong.

Sep 2, 2016
M_As_In_Mancy:

Obviously a great move by them, and something i hope a lot of other schools follow. A question for people who may know, but i always viewed the whole trigger warnings thing as an undergrad issue. Has stuff like this started to show up in MBA programs as well? I would guess it hasn't given the older age of the students and the more moderate views of the faculty given the business aspect of the education. Curious to see if i'm wrong.

Very interested in this as well if anyone has an answer.

Sep 1, 2016
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Sep 1, 2016