December 8, 2018

Firestarter 2018 is planned for December 8. Check back in November for details.

See highlights from 2017 below. 

Provost Poser

Harlan Cohen


Closing Remarks

2017 agenda:

Time Session Details Livecast
8 – 9 a.m.  Check-in and refreshments Optional Session: Honors College & Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions Initiative 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 No
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

Do it for the Culture
Listen to student leaders talk about UIC diversity and communities and how both have inspired students to do more and give back.

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.

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. 

Real Talk: Expecting the Unexpected 
Make the transition from high school to college easier by learning about the social or financial challenges first-year students usually face and how current UIC students have overcome them. 

Uniquely UIC 
Tips and tricks to navigate hundreds of 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 financial aid awards 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.