University of Illinois at Chicago

About the University of Illinois in Chicago

Though the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is comprised of three different Chicago schools dating as far back as the late 19th century, their merger only occurred in 1982. The school also merged the Chicago Undergraduate Division, which was a temporary, two-year school created by the University of Illinois system to train returning World War II soldiers. UIC is intimately tied with the history of Chicago and was ranked 77th among all public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report in its 'Best Colleges 2013' list.

Since the merger, the University of Illinois at Chicago has grown to serve nearly 30,000 students from throughout the world, over a third of which study at the graduate level. As of 2012, UIC conducted roughly $335 million in research, covering areas such as irregular heartbeats in children taking asthma medication or the search for the Higgs particle. These research initiatives find their way into daily student life, with 75% of tenured faculty members heading up courses at the undergraduate level as of 2012.


As a research university, UIC is highly ranked for many programs, such as the nursing program, which was ranked 11th in the country by the U.S. News and World Report in 2011. The university's 15 academic colleges provide 82 undergraduate majors and over 150 graduate programs.

In addition to colleges in dentistry, engineering and public health, the school also maintains a number of inter-college centers, such as the Center for Structural Biology and the Cancer Center, which helps both student and researchers. The Council on Teacher Education, for example, helps student work through Illinois' processes for working in the public school system.


The UIC considers many factors when admitting new students but has some minimum requirements. First-year students must submit valid high school transcripts as well as an ACT, SAT or SAT-I score report. UIC partners with Common Application, and uses only its online application. Paper applications are not accepted. An application to the school costs $50.

In addition to the minimum requirements, UIC recommends that first-year students have a few other items to make their application competitive. For example, UIC recommends students complete two years of a foreign language in high school, as well as four years of English and 3-4 years of math, sciences and social sciences. Recommendation letters from teachers or leaders of extracurricular activities can also help an undergraduate student's application stand out.

Tuition and Financial Aid

As a public university in the University of Illinois System, enrollment at UIC is affordable compared to private institutions. Undergraduate guaranteed tuition for full-time students who entered in Summer 2012-Spring 2012 was $5,116 for in-state students and $11,311 for out-of-state students per semester. Different programs, such as nursing, health information management and psychology students, incur tuition differentials. All students pay additional fees, including health service, sustainability and service fees.

To help pay for the cost of school, UIC administers a number of financial opportunities. The most prestigious is the merit-based President's Award, which offers $5,000 per year for up to four years. Recipients are chosen based on high-school rank, ACT score and other demographic factors. Freshmen are automatically considered for UIC-administered scholarships as part of their admissions application; however, those attempting to enroll in the Honors College must submit different financial consideration paperwork.

School Type 4-year public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree (both research, professional and 'other')*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 16,671 undergraduate and 10,841 graduate students (Fall 2012)**
Student Housing Ten residence halls throughout Chicago area
Apartment-styled buildings for graduate and over-21 undergraduate**
Schools and Programs 15 academic colleges; 82 bachelor's, 93 master's and 67 doctoral programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (478)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (298)
Doctor's: Medicine (300)
Certificate: Pediatric Dentistry (11)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 27% in four years
54% in six years (students beginning fall 2005)*
Admission Rate 63% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size 3,115 in 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates 79% full-time and 42% part-time students*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 23.7 in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date January 15th for the fall semester (due date for first-year students)**
Decision Notification Date Rolling; early and priority decision isn't offered**
Tuition (2012-2013) $12,656 per year for in-state students and $25,046 per year for out-of-state students (estimated tuition and fees as of 2011-2012)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2012 for all undergraduate students:
Grant or scholarship aid (61%)
Pell grants (47%)
Federal student loans (48%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 82% for full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Illinois in Chicago, ***The College Board.

School Contact Info

  • Address: Office of Admissions and Records (MC 018), University of Illinois at Chicago, Box 5220, Chicago, Illinois 60680
  • Phone: (312) 996-4350
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