A Window at Hyde Park Open work areas encourage collaboration
Lobby in Chicago NORC office
An impromptu meeting in the NORC lobby
NORC's Academic Research Center is located on the campus of the University of Chicago
NORC Researcher in Bethesda Office

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.

Throughout our history together, NORC and University faculty have collaborated on ground-breaking research including The National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (1979); High School & Beyond; and the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.

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

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. 
Questions should be directed to contracts@norc.org.


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 at the University of Chicago 
  • Department of Sociology
  • University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • Journal of Labor Economics
  • Pritzker School of Medicine
  • School of Social Service Administration
  • University of Chicago Medicine