An NORC workstation
A Window at Hyde Park Two NORC researchers in conversation
NORC Researcher in Bethesda Office NORC staff in the hallway in the Bethesda office
NORC's Academic Research Center is located on the campus of the University of Chicago

NORC and the University of Chicago

​NORC and the University of Chicago share a commitment to academic excellence and scientific rigor.

Through the years, our collaboration has helped generate important methodological and technological advances, as well as new bodies of knowledge for public policy debate. In addition to assisting the University of Chicago on key initiatives in the social science and health studies arenas, we have helped faculty understand and apply new survey research techniques and enriched graduate student experience through hands-on exposure to research projects.

NORC's Academic Research Center and its wider relationship with the University of Chicago are mutually beneficial in many ways. NORC provides university faculty with help in applying for and administering research grants, a collegial and supportive work environment for faculty, and on-the-job training for graduate students.

NORC’S seven Academic Research Centers exemplify NORC’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation, and to applying renowned scholarship to practical social science problems. NORC’s core capabilities support faculty research, and NORC’s newly renovated, environmentally sensitive offices provide university staff with an open, collaborative working environment.

As part of a learning culture, intergenerational project teams enrich learning, scholarship, and discovery. In particular, graduate research assistants at NORC have the tremendous opportunity to apply what they have learned in practical settings. As the next generation of social scientists, they work with experts in various fields and disciplines to conduct world-class empirical research, and NORC benefits from their fresh perspectives, energy, and insights.

NORC's Legal Name

The legal name of NORC at the University of Chicago is National Opinion Research Center; we are also registered to do business as NORC. NORC is an affiliate of the University of Chicago and has offices located on the University campus, as well as downtown Chicago, the DC Metro area, Atlanta, Boston, and San Francisco. You can learn more about our name here. NORC is an independent 501 ( c ) 3 research corporation and is not a part of the University. 
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University Partnerships

In addition to strong and successful collaboration with the University’s Division of Social Sciences, NORC has long-standing relationships with other key institutions at the University, including:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Biological Sciences Division
  • Center for Health and the Social Sciences
  • Chapin Hall Center for Children
  • Department of Sociology
  • Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies
  • Journal of Labor Economics
  • Pritzker School of Medicine
  • School of Social Service Administration
  • University of Chicago Medical Center