Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Life as a University of Illinois at Chicago student means being part of a vibrant academic community in one of the world's great cities. The opportunities and challenges you will encounter will allow you to grow and learn in ways you haven't yet imagined. We are pleased to welcome you to the UIC family and want to make your transition to UIC as straightforward as possible. 

First year students

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Transfer & readmission students

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Special populations

International Students

Admitted international students should follow the checklist items for either first-year or transfer students, but should keep the following in mind:

  • I-20 processing is coordinated by the Office of International Services. OIS will send documents and notifications to the email you listed on your application. Please check your email frequently to make sure you submit any and all required information to their office to complete your I-20 processing.
  • If you're coming from abroad, we recommend taking advantage of pre-departure orientations offered by the U.S. Department of State's Education USA program.  

Veteran Students

Veteran students should follow the checklist items for either first-year or transfer students, but should also keep the following in mind:

  • Assistance with benefits coordination is available through the  Student Veteran Affairs Office
  • Submission of your DD 214 to the admissions office will result in the application of educational military credit if applicable. 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently released two unique tools to help veterans make informed decisions about how to utilize their GI Bill benefits.

  • There is also the VA's "Know Before You Go" video, which features Veterans who have used their GI Bill benefits providing advice to other Veterans trying to figure out their next move.
  • You can view UIC's profile in the GI Bill Comparison Tool. 

Connect with other admitted students


Get Involved

Explore hundreds of student organizations through the Campus Programs office; deejay at UIC Radio; attend or help plan dozens of educational, cultural and fun campus events; and join a fraternity or sorority.


The Windy City

Chicago is the cultural and financial hub of the American Midwest, and the third largest city in the U.S.

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Locked In

Your tuition rate will not increase while you are a UIC student for up to four years.


Urban Oasis

Did you know that UIC is home to more than 5,000 trees, 469 solar panels, 5 green roofs, and 800 bike racks?


The Ultimate College Town

Chicago is a national higher education destination. Over a quarter million students are enrolled the city’s more than 50 colleges and universities. UIC is the largest university in Chicago.

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Last year, 100% of out-of-state students received some form of grant or scholarship aid.


Bike Friendly

Chicago has more than 200 miles of on-street, protected, buffered and shared bike lanes. We also have a bike sharing program called DIVVY that allows students to rent bikes for short periods of time so they can get around the city.

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Don’t forget to use UIC’s Financial Aid code: 001776

Historically Significant

UIC's Jane Addams Hull House Museum consists of two of the original 13 buildings of one of the world's first social settlements.


Room With a View

Many spaces feature gorgeous skyline views—another great feature of being right in the heart of the city.

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Academic Success

Nearly 25% of all UIC student-athletes appeared on the 2013–14 Horizon League Honor Roll, earning a 3.20 cumulative GPA or higher.


We're Growing

An institution of growing national and international stature, UIC ranks 58th among American universities in federal research funding and 47th in funding from the National Institutes of Health. UIC is home to the nation’s largest college of medicine and five other health sciences colleges.


We Heart Transfers

UIC is one of Illinois’ top destinations for transfer students. Nearly 40% of the UIC student body began their education somewhere else.

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Amenities Included

All rooms come fully furnished and include all basic utilities, free laundry and 24-hour security measures.


Guaranteed Professional Programs

UIC has a program that can guarantee admission to several professional programs, including law, pharmacy and physical therapy, to select first year students. More information at

In Depth

The Social Justice Initiative Student Summer Institute consists of a six-week course, an education and experiential learning program for ten UIC undergraduates focused on deepening their understanding of social justice issues in Chicago. Students read, discuss and collectively develop a social justice project that can educate and energize the larger community.

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So Many Choices

UIC has 15 academic colleges and offers 71 undergraduate majors and 60 undergraduate minors. Find out where you belong!

Get Hired

Land a great internship or your dream job after graduation with help from the Office of Career Services.


Nationally Ranked

UIC's Men’s Soccer won the 2013 Horizon League Regular Season Title for the first time since 2008 by going undefeated in conference play. The squad also reached a season-high No. 23 national ranking by the NSCAA.

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Nearly two-thirds of UIC students received grants or scholarships last year. That’s money that you don’t need to repay.

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Honors College

Enhance your UIC academic experience. Transfer students can apply for admission to the Honors College. Learn more at:


Top Health Science

UIC is the principal educator of health professionals in Illinois, and one of only four universities in the nation with a full complement of health science programs.


Top Design

UIC’s Design program is ranked one of "The World’s 25 Best Design Schools” by Business Insider.


Strong Alumni Network

Did you know that 1 in 10 Chicagoans with a college degree is a UIC graduate? Our alumni network is 200,000 strong!


A Big Comeback

Women’s Basketball mounted the largest turnaround in the nation(+17 wins) and claimed the postseason WBI Championship.


Public Art

Take a walk to see free public art on the Loop Art Tour featuring the Agora Sculpture in South Loop by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz.


Game On

UIC’s Computer Science concentration in Human Centered Computing is recognized as a top 50 game design program by The Princeton Review.


Small Class Size

At UIC, you'll enjoy a student: faculty ratio of 17:1. And, more than 3/4 of undergraduate courses are taught by tenured faculty.


Real-World Experience

Our close proximity to downtown—and many top businesses and organizations—gives UIC students an advantage in finding internships.


In the neighborhood

Taylor Street features classic Italian cuisine at dozens of restaurants both old and new. Don’t miss out on Italian ice from Mario’s Italian Lemonade (Insider tip: It’s only open from May to September).


Places that Inspire

Study at the University Library’s IDEA Commons, a student-centered space designed for collaborative study, technology use and research. It is open 24 hours a day, Sundays–Thursdays.

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Top 5 Countries

Top 5 sending countries include: China, India, South Korea, Canada and Brazil


Learn & Enjoy

Fill your college experience with growth, learning and a lot of fun. Check out VCSA.UIC.EDU to learn how Student Affairs can help make it happen.


Top 200 Globally

UIC is among the top 200 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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Over a third of our undergraduate students are multilingual with 57 different languages represented on campus.


Nursing Leaders

We educate some of the nation’s most sought-after nurses. UIC Nursing is ranked the 11th highest program in the nation by US News & World Report.


Conveniently Located

International students have access to two major international airports, connected to campus by Chicago’s subway systems. It’s easy for UIC students to travel across the globe.

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18th Under 50

The Times Higher Education of the U.K. has begun a new worldwide ranking for universities under 50 years old, with UIC ranked 18th in the world, the fourth highest among U.S. universities.


Home at UIC

Almost half the freshman class lives on campus and you will be guaranteed housing for as long as you're enrolled.

Lots of Transfers

Approximately 1600 new transfer students join UIC every fall.

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Diverse & Welcoming

U.S. News & World Report named UIC a top 10 most diverse campus in the US and Campus Pride ranks UIC among the nation’s top 15 LGBT friendly campuses.



That’s the value of a UIC degree over 20 years. ranks UIC in the top 20% of U.S. universities in annual return on investment—and in the top 11% when financial aid is taken into account.

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Top Destination

UIC is one of the top destinations for international students in the Midwest, and third in the state of Illinois.

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