Foster Success.

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

Both the checklist and the timeline can help guide you through the pathway to enrollment here at UIC. The timeline will help give you a sense of whether you’re on top of things, or you need to play a little bit of catch-up.

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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

Accept your offer

required

Any time after you are admitted, but no later than the ITE deadline

You have until December 1 (spring term) or June 1* (fall term) 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

*Unless otherwise indicated by your program (i.e. Nursing) or on your admission letter.

Before Orientation

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


Placement exams

required

After you submit your Intent to Enroll

Depending on your program and on the courses you have already taken, you may be prompted to take placement exams in the my.uic.edu portal. Completing these tests helps guide your course options next semester at UIC. 

PLACEMENT EXAMS

Register for New Student Orientation

required

Registration begins opens after completing placement exams.

At Orientation, you will register for classes, meet your adviser, and prepare for your first semester at UIC.  Orientation is required for transfer students, and recommended for readmission students.

REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION

Research your options

optional

Anytime

The mission of the new Transfer Assistance Center at UIC is to provide assistance, counseling and helpful information to newly admitted transfer students to UIC that we hope will be helpful in making a successful transition to UIC.  Watch for an email from our office informing you of your transfer coursework.

TRANSFER ASSISTANCE CENTER

Living arrangements

Learn about commuting

optional

Anytime

UIC considers anyone who does not live in university housing a commuter. The Commuter Student Resource Center can help you make the most of your commuting experience.

COMMUTER INFORMATION

Living on campus

optional

As soon as possible

Placement for 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.

HOUSING

Paying for College

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

optional

As soon as possible

US citizens and permanent residents may apply for need-based federal and state grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. 

FAFSA FORM

UIC's FAFSA code is 001776.

Tuition & payment options

optional

As soon as possible

Tuition is assessed during the month that you will begin at UIC (August for fall term, January for spring term).  You can review payment options and set up optional payment plans as soon as you accept your offer of admission. 

PAYMENT PLANS

Wrapping things up

Send us final transcripts and test scores

required

After admission, before classes begin

If you were enrolled in school when you applied, you will need to send UIC your final transcripts once you complete the term. Additionally, if you have AP/IB scores that may result in college credit, you must submit your formal scores to UIC for review. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I see which classes transferred over to UIC?

 Your options to view and discuss how your coursework transfer varies, depending on how far along you are in the process. Here is an idea of what you can expect. 

  • UIC's Transfer Assistance Center staff members will notify you by email when your UIC DARS (Degree Audit Report System) audit is available. This will occur before the Intent to Enroll deadline for your term.  After you have received this notification, you are welcome to make an appointment with the Transfer Assistance Center to discuss your audit. 
     
  • During Transfer Orientation, your UIC academic advisor will review your DARS audit and provide you with advice and recommendations regarding the registration and selection of UIC courses for your first semester at UIC. This is also an opportunity to discuss any discrepancies or to provide additional documentation for review. 

Why is the cost of attendance on my financial aid award letter different than tuition and fees?

The cost of attendance is a term used by the 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.

How do I receive an award letter?

You should add UIC to your list of schools on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After you are admitted, the Office of Financial Aid will receive a student’s Student Aid Report (SAR) and begin packaging an award letter.  Once it is processed, your award letter will be available in the my.uic.edu portal. 

Can I apply to the Honors College?

If you did not apply to the Honors College through the Common Application, there may still be an opportunity to apply prior to the start of the semester. Transfer students admitted for the spring semester can apply through the Honors College website until December 1. Transfer students admitted for the fall semester can apply online through July 1. The strongest transfer candidates to the Honors College typically have completed 24 semester hours, earned at least a 3.4 GPA, and plan to be enrolled at UIC for at least three semesters. Current UIC students may also be considered for Honors College under the same guidelines.

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: 

Where can I find my TCN?

A Temporary Control Number (TCN) is issued to admitted students who do not have a social security number on file. You will need this number to activate your NetID and to log in to your portal account. The TCN is sent to you via email when you are admitted.  

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