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Our History

75 Years of Insight, Innovation, and Impact

For the past 75 years, NORC at the University of Chicago has delivered reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical decisions on some of the most important issues society has faced.  Since its founding in 1941, the organization’s talented staff has conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Looking forward, NORC will continue to partner with government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

Explore NORC's History
NORC's digital timeline features select snapshots of some of the important events, studies, and initiatives in NORC's history-a small but illustrative sample of the thousands of projects and people that make up our past and guide our future.

Letters of Commendation

​NORC is recognized by prominent leaders for its history and expertise.

Read letters of commendation from:
- United States Senator Dick Durbin
- Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel
- United States Senator Mark Kirk

NORC Digital Timeline