The United States accounts for just 4% of the world's population, and our brief 240-year existence remains a blink of an eye relative to other cultures hundreds or even thousands of years old.
Despite that, America stands unrivaled in human history in terms of sheer innovation, prosperity and power. From powered flight to the moon landing, from telephones to the Internet, from vaccines to surgical advances, from silent film to "Star Wars," from jazz to rock and roll, from the Coca-Cola sign to the Apple logo, no nation approaches our achievements and legacy.
"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. This…[more]