First Year Admission Requirements
UIC is committed to a fair and balanced review process that utilizes a multitude of factors in an effort to select the students who are best equipped to transition to and graduate in four years from UIC. In order to guarantee a full review, a First Year applicant must submit the following items:
- Complete and submit the Common Application online, including the UIC-specific questions and essays under the My Colleges tab. Printed applications will not be accepted. Apply now!
- Submit the $50 nonrefundable application fee.
- Current high school students must submit an official high school transcript, electronically or through the mail, along with the Common Application School Report.*
- Complete the American College Test (ACT) or the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or Scholastic Assessment Test-I (SAT-I). ACT and SAT test scores may be submitted electronically or printed on official transcripts.
For more information on the Common Application Online, the Writing Supplement, and the School Report, please visit the Application Guide.
For more information on Early Action, please see the Early Action page.
The following are not required but highly recommended for competitive applications:
- Complete the recommended high school course load. It is highly recommended that all applicants should have successfully completed or have in progress the following high school courses in order to be prepared for first year courses at UIC:
- Four years of English
- Three to four years of mathematics (including algebra, geometry, advanced algebra/trigonometry)
- Three years of science
- Three years of social science
- Two years of a language other than English
- Take advantage of honors, AP, or IB courses offered at your high school.
- Submit letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or extracurricular activity supervisors.
- Submit the Common Application Midyear Report when 7th semester grades become available.
Homeschooled students must satisfy all of the above requirements. A homeschool transcript is acceptable if it includes: (1) a list of all subjects/courses attempted by year; (2) grades and/or examination results received (both passing and failing); (3) maximum and minimum grades obtainable; and (4) number of units earned.
International applicants are required to meet these basic requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. Please see the Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for more detailed information.
High School graduates who have attended another college or university since graduating high school or receiving their GED must meet the Transfer Admission Requirements and will not be considered for First Year admission.
High School graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.