December 7, 2019

Firestarter Livecast

Firestarter 2019

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

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2019 agenda:

Time Session Details Livecast
8:30 - 9 a.m.  Check-in and refreshments   No
9 – 10 a.m. Opening session
Welcoming Remarks and Opening Session
10:05 – 11 a.m. Student and parent breakouts During registration, you can choose from several breakout sessions (see below).  Yes (Value of UIC only)
11:05-11:30 a.m. Closing session Oscar Rodriguez, Associate Vice Provost for Recruitment & Outreach Yes
11:35 a.m. – 1 p.m. Optional sessions UIC Expo: Meet with people from UIC undergraduate colleges and programs
Residence Hall Tours
Campus Tours

Student breakout session descriptions

Topic: Walk it, Talk it: The Honors Experience
Current students discuss how the Honors College supports students in making the most of what UIC has to offer both inside and outside of the classroom.

Topic: Your Project is College
There's so much to do before you start college! Between prom and college placement tests, how do you ensure you don't miss those important milestones? Learn tips and tricks on what you need to do for enrollment in college during your senior year.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do scholarships work at UIC?

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 should I take placement tests?

Starting in February, students will be prompted to take placement exams in the portal. Completing these test help guide your first semester courses. Check out our Placement Testing prepartation video!

When should I expect my financial aid award letter?

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. Award letter are expected to be distributed in late Feburary and early March for those that have submitted a FAFSA form by the Feb. 1 priority FAFSA deadline.