I couldn’t pass up the library tour – after all I was at the University of Chicago. The 80 million dollar Mansueto library – a 2011 addition to the Regenstein library – is architecturally noted for its glass dome design and functional reading room. What you don’t see on the ground floor is the four floor basement of categorized publications that can be retrieved from their metal holding box by a push of a button at the circulation desk, activating a robotic lift and arm. The Mansueto library also houses a book binding lab.
This urban institution is the perfect example of a school delivering an education that is so rooted in the liberal arts, a prescribed classical core curriculum, yet having the opportunity to be a part of cutting edge research in the Center for Integrative Sciences. The students are brilliant, and they know it. While it’s difficult to escape intellectualism here, students consider everything academic their fun. If we redefine fun, the University of Chicago is not “where fun goes to die.”
As the last stop on my counselor tour, I’d like to thank all three colleges for hosting me, and ultimately VMS, as your candor and transparency was most insightful. Now it is our turn to host Lake Forest and Chicago at VMS on October 6th as admission representatives will participate in an admissions case study program.