Dream Big.

Welcome to Chicago's public research university. 

We promise to help cultivate your potential and reach your goals. But before we get to that, let's set you up for success. 

Checklist and timeline

The checklist and timeline will help you make sure you're on track to enroll at the university. 

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Secure your spot

ID and portal access

required

Immediately

Start by setting up your NetID to access the my.uic.edu portal and other enrollment functions.

ACTIVATE ACCOUNT

You'll need your UIN and token. They are included on admitted student emails.

Accept your offer

required

Any time after you are admitted, but no later than May 1

You have until May 1 to accept your offer of admission. Submit your Intent to Enroll at the my.uic.edu portal. UIC does not have an enrollment fee or deposit.

ACCEPT OFFER

Before Orientation

In order to make the most of your Orientation session, it is important to complete all of the following steps prior to registration.


Placement exams

required

February - July (as soon as possible)

Starting in February, you will be prompted to take placement exams in the my.uic.edu portal. Completing these test help guide your first semester courses.

PLACEMENT EXAMS

Register for New Student Orientation

required

Registration begins in April after you complete placement exams

At Orientation, you will register for classes, meet your adviser, and prepare for your first semester at UIC.

SIGN UP

INFORMATION

 

Paying for college

Funding your education can be one of the most difficult parts of earning your degree—but there are resources available. Make sure to take advantage of everything we have to offer.


Apply for financial aid

optional

After October 1 and before February 15 (or as soon as possible).

US citizens and permanent residents may apply for need-based federal and state grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Students who submit FAFSA will also be considered for any institutional aid for which they may be eligible. 

FAFSA FORM

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

UIC’s federal school code is 001776.

Tuition & payment options

optional

January 1

Tuition is assessed in August, but students can review payment options and set up optional payment plans beginning in January. 

PAYMENT PLANS

TUITION & FEES INFORMATION

 

Student employment

optional

Over the summer

The university employs thousands of students in a variety of campus positions.  There are many different jobs available, including office support aides, tutors, gym personnel, tour guides, call center employees, researchers, production assistances, etc.  UIC Student Employment maintains a job board of available positions.

Student Employment

Living arrangements

UIC students can live on campus in a residence hall, or commute from the area. Check out the available resources whether you plan to live on or off campus.


Apply for housing

optional

Before March 15, or as soon as possible

Placement for student housing is first-come-first-served. If you are considering living on campus, you should apply early to maximize your chances for your preferred residence. 

CAMPUS HOUSING

Learn more about commuting

optional

Anytime

UIC considers anyone who is not living in university housing a commuter. That means you can be 5 minutes away in an apartment, or living at home with your parents.  The Commuter Student Resource Center can help connect you with other commuting students and provide you with information to improve your experience. 

COMMUTER INFORMATION

Wrapping things up

Send us official test scores and transcripts

required

Before August 1

Send any AP exam scores, official ACT or SAT scores, and your final transcripts once you have graduated from high school. 

Consider Summer College

optional

Registration begins in June

Fast track your college education. Make plans to join us for Summer College. Our programs are tuition free, they are fun, and participating is the single best thing you can do to get ready for fall.

Visit Campus

UIC offers a series of programs to help you learn more about UIC and make sure we're the right fit for you. This is a limited list of our largest programs. Check your email frequently for invites to these and other opportunities.


Firestarter

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December 3

Firestarter is UIC's welcome to students admitted as part of the early action program. At Firestarter, we help you find the people, places, and patience that will set you up for success in college. 

EVENT PAGE

Ignite

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April 8

Ignite is UIC's signature admitted student program. Join us to meet with members of your academic communities, and check out college facilities, residence halls, and more. Registration will go live in January.

EVENT PAGE

Afterburn

optional

April 13

Afterburn is our online follow-up to Ignite. Join in to ask questions to members of our college community. 

EVENT PAGE

Frequently Asked Questions

Does UIC have an enrollment deposit?

UIC does not currently have an enrollment deposit. You can secure your space in the incoming class by responding "yes" to Intent to Enroll section in the my.uic.edu student portal. You must do this before May 1 to guarantee your space.

When do you let me know about scholarships?

Scholarships are one of several forms of assistance that may be offered to applicants as part of their financial award. Scholarships may be included in the award package, or may come independently from different sources (the Honors College, a particular college or department, and outside organization, etc.). There is not a single schedule that determines when these awards are announced. Generally, most scholarship notifications will be sent by the end of April.  See the Office of Financial Aid for more information. 

When do I pick my classes? And how?

Students will select their first semester courses during Orientation with the assistance of a college adviser. Recommended courses will depend on the results of your placement tests, your major, and your availability. Classes are selected in the my.uic.edu portal. Prepare for registration by reviewing the undergraduate catalog, and by viewing available courses in the schedule of classes

Will I get credit for AP or IB classes?

Advanced placement credit is awarded as a result of the scores received on the appropriate exams, not by taking the class alone. Please review our Credit by Examination page for detailed information. 

I didn’t receive my admission packet in the mail. Can you help?

No need to worry! All the necessary information to begin at UIC is available on this website. Additionally: 

  • You can download the Admitted Student Brochure 
  • A copy of your admission letter is available in the my.uic.edu portal. 

Why is the cost of attendance different than tuition and fees?

Cost of attendance is a term used by federal government to capture all costs associated with attending a university. The amount is a total of both billable fees (costs that are charged by the university, like tuition and fees), and costs that a student is expected to incur (like transportation, living expenses, books, and other). It is used primarily for the calculation of your financial aid.

When is tuition due?

Student tuition is assessed beginning in mid-August but is not officially billed to your account until after the end of the add/drop period (the second week of classes). Tuition and fees are due at the end of September for the fall semester.