December 8, 2018

Firestarter 2018

Firestarter 2018 was a success! Thanks to all those who were able to attend. Interested in other opportunities to visit campus? Check your application status portal

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You can view parts of the day on the above video. We're working on adding a closed caption version, check back during the week of Dec. 17 for closed captioning.    

2018 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
  • Dr. Susan Poser, UIC Provost
  • Harlan Cohen, Best selling author of The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College
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, Director of 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.