Updates for prospective students and applicants

We're continuing to update this page for information about the admissions process for incoming Fall 2020 students, and prospective applicants for the 2020-21 cycle.

2020-2021 application updates

Test-Optional Choice for the Spring 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Terms

In response to the continuing challenges in standardized test administration, UIC will be implementing a test-optional policy for first-year applicants during the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Our review process will be modified to measure an applicant’s preparation for UIC through additional attention to the information submitted as part of the application.

Applicants who have SAT or ACT scores may still submit them if they choose. More information about our the application process is available on our admissions requirements page. 

Fall 2020 application credentials submission

  • Please send all required application credentials by electronic mail or using upload services where available. We do not have access to postal mail at this time, but will upon return to the office. 
  • If you are unable to secure electronic transcripts and have requested official documents to be sent to us by mail, you can upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your application status portal. If you are offered admission, we will require official transcripts prior to enrollment.  

Visit us virturally

Visit the Nexus, our virtual resources page for admitted students.


  • In addition to on-campus events, UIC Admissions will not participate in off-campus events including school visits, college fairs and other non-essential travel. This suspension of activities is in place until further notice. 

Office closure until further notice

The Office of Admissions is temporarily closed and staff will work remotely. We will not be able to receive in-person visits or phone calls. 

  • Graduate and undergraduate students and applicants may contact us by email if you have any questions or need assistance.
  • Undergraduate counselors are also available through live chat Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This page focuses on the impact on prospective students and applicants and will be continually updated. Last updated:7/23/20 9:30 am

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I’ve been admitted?

Undergraduate admitted students can and should continue to move through the next steps checklist at admitted.uic.edu.

How do I check my application status?

Due to reduced staffing, current applicants awaiting an admissions decision are encouraged to check the application status portal.

How will the response impact graduate and professional applicants?

Due to reduced staffing, current applicants for graduate and professional programs are encouraged to monitor their application status online.  

Deadlines for application and document submission remain unchanged. 

If you are newly admitted or currently enrolled and have been instructed to submit official, sealed academic materials, we recommend sending all items by electronic mail or digital services. We are discouraging in-person submission at this time. Received items will be reflected in the application status portal. To prevent delays, we encourage early submission of materials.

I'm an admitted graduate student, how do I submit final transcripts?

At this time, we are encouraging applicants to request their final transcripts to be items mailed to their home address, leave them sealed, and then bring them to campus when the office reopens. In cases where the final and official documentation be sent electronically from the issuing institution, they can be emailed to applygrad@uic.edu for newly admitted graduate students.

Will my spring 2020 courses that transfer with CR/P (Credit or Pass) grades be applied to degree requirements the same as if they were letter grades?

  • For courses completed in the spring 2020 term only, grades of CR/P (Credit or Pass) will satisfy requirements where a minimum letter grade is required and will count toward degree completion. Assuming that a transfer course has been articulated to match the UIC course in question, there is no difference between the treatment of a transfer course or a course completed at UIC.  Please visit Transferology.com to see how your courses will transfer to UIC.
  • For courses completed in the Spring 2020 term only, courses used to satisfy the Illinois Articulation Initiative's General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC) with grades of CR/P (Credit or Pass) will be used to satisfy UIC general education requirements.
  • Students may transfer as many courses completed in Spring 2020 as they wish for CR grading and these courses will not count toward the number of courses or credit hours students can earn under the CR/NC (Credit / No Credit) option in one term or in total.
  • Students planning to transfer credit to UIC, should visit Transferology.com to see how course will apply to UIC degree requirements.

Can I defer admission to a future term?

  • Admitted students may request a deferral to a future term by submitting information on the application appeals and petitions form, accessible at the bottom of the application status portal.