You've worked hard, applied early, and been admitted — what's next?
Join us for Firestarter — our kick-off admitted student event that covers essential college how-tos. At Firestarter, UIC’s best and brightest will be on hand to offer college-going wisdom and answer important questions that are probably on your mind:
- How will my family and I pay for college?
- What should I pack if I’m living on campus?
- Who can help me along the way?
And for the important things that you might not be thinking of, we’ve got you covered. We’ll have student breakout sessions that touch on avoiding mistakes that first-year students commonly make, how a culturally diverse campus can impact your college experience, and how college life at UIC is different.
Admitted students may register through your application status portal.
Application status portal (requires login)
|8:30 - 9 a.m.||Check-in||Collect check-in materials. Be one of the first 100 students to arrive and receive an autographed copy of The Naked Roommate And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into In College|
|9 – 10 a.m.||Opening session||
Welcome Remarks and Opening Session
|10:05 – 11 a.m.||Student and parent breakouts||At registration choose your breakout session (see descriptions below).|
|11:05-11:30 a.m.||Closing session||Closing Remarks and Next Steps|
|11:35 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Optional sessions||UIC Expo: Meet with people from UIC undergraduate colleges and programs
Residence Hall Tours
Student breakout session descriptions
Topic: I’m First!
More than a third of UIC undergraduates are the first in their family to attend college. Meet current trailblazing first-generation students.
Topic: Young Alums College Aftermath
Learn how UIC grads have optimized campus resources to secure their seats in grad schools, work in public service, jumpstart their careers, and more.
Topic: Uniquely UIC
Listen to student leaders and organizations talk about UIC diversity and community. Navigate opportunities and resources that make the UIC experience a transformative one.