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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 11

General Information

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General Information.

Terms and Vacations.

The year is divided into three terms and three vacations. The first term consists of fifteen weeks; the second and third of twelve weeks each. The Christmas vacation is two weeks, the Spring vacation one week, and the summer vacation ten weeks.

Elective Studies.

Students may reside at the University and pursue studies, for a longer or shorter time, in any of the classes, at their own election; subject, however, to the regulations of the Faculty. (See Rules and Regulations, page 30.)

Rhetorical Exercises.

The College Classes have frequent exercises in composition. Instruction in Elocution is given to all the students, and declamations are required of all.


At the close of every term there are public examinations of all the classes, both Collegiate and Preparatory.

Young Women

Are admitted to the classes, Collegiate and Preparatory, on the same terms and conditions as are young men. The College buildings contain no dormitories for young women, but suitable accommodations can be secured, when desired, in the neighborhood, in private families.


The degree of Bachelor of Arts is conferred upon all students who have completed the prescribed Classical Course of study, and passed a satisfactory examination therein; and the degree of Bachelor of Science upon all who have completed the Scientific Course, and passed a similar examination.

Bachelors of Arts of three years' standing may receive the Degree of Master of Arts, provided that since graduation they have sustained a good moral character, and pursued some literary or scientific calling. Candidates for this degree will be expected to make application for it through the President, and to furnish evidence of their qualifications.

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There are three Societies in the University, conducted by the students—two literary and one religious.

Religious Exercises.

The duties of each day are opened with religious services in the Chapel of the University, at which all the students are required to be present.

On the Sabbath they are required to attend public worship in the forenoon, with some congregation in the city, selected by themselves or by their parents. The students also sustain a weekly prayer meeting.


The University Library has been increased recently by valuable acquisitions. The London publishing houses of Sampson, Low & Co., Trubner & Co., and Longmans & Co., have generously furnished copies of their recent publications. Messrs. Sheldon & Co., of New York, have donated a complete set of their publications.

The Thompson Library, the gift of Hon. H. M. Thompson, contains a very valuable collection of books on Horticulture, a complete set of the Bohn Libraries and many tine illustrated works.

The Tucker Library, presented by the family of the late Rev. Elisha Tucker, D.D., contains upwards of five hundred volumes, mostly theological.

The Hengstenberg Library is now put up in the University, and accessible to students. It contains about three thousand volumes, and is not only one of the most valuable theological libraries in the country, but it is also rich in works of classical literature, history and philosophy.


A large and admirably lighted front room, on the second floor of the University Building, opposite the Society Hall, has been fitted up to contain the Museum, with the most modern improvements, and in elegant style.

The Museum of Human Anatomy and Physiology is well supplied. Its facilities for illustrating and teaching these departments are not surpassed by any similar institution in the country. It contains skeletons, maps, a full set of Bock-Steiger models, and other apparatus ample for the department. The facilities for teaching vertebrate Anatomy and Zoology are good. The Zoology and Anatomy of the invertebrates can be finely illustrated from specimens in this museum. In the department of the sub-kingdom of Mollusca, there are about three or four hundred species of shells, selected from the prominent or typical species of the different families of that division of animals. The department of Entomology is variously and, in some respects, elaborately represented, containing, in beetles alone, over three thousand species. In the Crustacea, and the classes lower, such page 28 as Star Fishes, Echinoderms, Worms and Corals, the museum contains specimens enough for teaching purposes.

The Geological Department of the Museum has been greatly increased from several sources. It now contains several thousand specimens, judiciously selected, thus representing the typical geological and mineralogical rocks.

A Numismatic Collection, made by the late Charles D. Sandford, and containing 3,500 coins, has been presented to the University by the late Rev. Miles Sandford, D.D.

The museum is under the charge of Prof. Ransom Dexter, who has already systematized the work, and who has a sufficient corps of assistants to carry out the necessary labor with dispatch and precision. He has also, in accordance with power vested in him by the Board of Trustees, authorized several agents to solicit contributions of scientific materials for the Museum.

Chemical and Philosophical Apparatus.

The Lectures on Chemistry and Natural Philosophy are illustrated by modern apparatus. To this important additions have recently been made, chiefly donations from George Hazeltine Esq., of London, and Messrs. B. O. & H. W. Chamberlain, of Boston, Massachusetts; among them a Rumkorff's Induction Coil, one of the largest ever imported; a full set of the famous Geissler's Tubes, and a powerful Grove's Battery, together with apparatus useful in the assay of ores.

Location, Buildings, etc.

The location of the University is in the south part of Chicago, directly on the Cottage Grove line of the Chicago City Railway. The site was the gift of the late Senator Douglas, and is universally admired for its beauty and healtfulness. The building is unsurpassed for the completeness of its arrangements, especially the students' rooms, which are in suites of a study and two bed-rooms, of good size and height, and well ventilated. The accommodations of the University have been enlarged by the completion of the main building, 136 by 72 feet, a structure erected at a cost exceeding $117,000, and believed to be second in convenience and elegance to no other educational edifice in the country. In this building there are a large Chapel, rooms for the various Scientific Departments, and also the Preparatory Department, spacious and airy recitation rooms, elegant suites for the Literary and Religious Societies, and dormitories for the students.

Through the liberality of the different railroads which center at Chicago, classes have had the privilege of making frequent excursions into the country, in order to examine rock strata, and to collect specimens in Natural History. These explorations have extended, during past years, to Dubuque and Burlington, Iowa; Kewanee, LaSalle and Quincy, III.; to the Wisconsin River, and along the Mississippi River, from McGregor to St. Louis.

Board and Rooms.

Board may be obtained in the Club Room of the University, where many of the page 29 students board, at cost, which has been during the past year from $2.50 to $3.00 per week.

The rooms are arranged in suites, consisting of a study and two bed-rooms. Bedsteads, bedding, and furniture in uncleanly condition, will be rigidly excluded. Habits of neatness and order are carefully enjoined on occupants of rooms. Damage to rooms or furniture, other than the ordinary wear, will be charged in the term bills.

Students who may prefer it, can obtain board in families on reasonable terms, or they may form clubs and provide for themselves.

Expenses per Annum.

Board (in clubs) from $2.50 to $3.00 per week 597.50 to $117.00
Tuition 70.00 to 70.00
Room rent (not including vacations) 20.00 to 20.00
Incidentals 6.00 to 8.00
Library fee, fifty cents per term 1.50 to 1.50
Total $195.00 to $216.50

Students provide their own furniture, except bedsteads,—a single bedstead being placed by the University in each dormitory. The students, also, provide their own fuel and lights. The use of kerosene and soft coal is prohibited in the University building. Gas costs about fifty cents a week for each room, and fuel from $10 to $20 per annum for each student. Washing has been, during the past year, seventy-five cents per dozen.

The rule of the Trustees requires all bills to be paid strictly in advance, before the students enter their several classes; and by failure to comply with these terms, the student forfeits the privileges of the University. (See "Rules and Regulations," page 30.)

Parents will take notice that the whole necessary expense for one year, including wood lights, and washing, varies but little from $300. This has been proved by the actual experience of students who practice economy. Any material variation from this amount may be regarded as unnecessary.