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Denied Student FAQs

These are the most common questions we receive from students who are not admitted to UIC. 

Information for First Year applicants

Why was I denied?

There are more applicants than seats available for incoming students. The high quality of the application pool makes admission competitive. 

To discuss your individual application, please call our office at 312-996-4350.

What does "Deny—Incomplete” mean?

It means that missing application materials did not allow us to consider you for admission. Depending on the time of year, if you complete your application now, we may still be able to complete a review.  Submit your missing materials and file a petition.

I was denied from my preferred major. Can I be considered for others?

Before making a decision, we considered you for all majors listed on your application, including your second and third choices. You may have even been considered for related programs. 

Can I still attend UIC even though I was denied?

Students who are not admitted to our university still have options for attending UIC, such as entering as a transfer student. Our partnership programs with the City Colleges of Chicago and other schools can even guarantee transfer students admission into some of our programs.

  • Transfer requirements webpage
  • GAT webpage (City Colleges of Chicago transfer guarantees)
  • TAG webpage (Other community college transfer guarantees) 

Information for Transfer Applicants

Why was I denied?

There are more applicants than seats available for incoming students. The high quality of the application pool makes admission competitive overall. Programs also only consider transfer students who meet their specific requirements for courses, grade point averages, and hours. 

To discuss your individual application, please call our office at 312-996-4350

What does "Deny—Incomplete” mean?

It means that missing application materials did not allow us to consider you for admission. If you complete your application now, we may still be able to complete a review.

I was denied from my preferred major. Can I be considered for others?

Before making a decision, we considered you for all majors listed on your application, including your second and third choices. You may have even been considered for related programs. 

Can I be considered for a future term?

To be reconsidered, you need to reapply. Applications are reviewed independently. New classes and adjustments to grade point average in a future application may help your chances for admission. The competitiveness of application changes every year, too. 

We recommend speaking with an admissions counselor to better understand how you can improve your application. 

Appeals

Can I appeal my decision?

All undergraduate applicants can appeal their denial from UIC. Successful appeals, however, have new and compelling information not brought to our attention during the initial application process, including updated transcripts, new test scores, medical documents, explanatory personal statements, or more.

If you would like to appeal an admission decision made after the deadline for appeals, an appeal letter and supporting documents should be submitted within two weeks of your decision date.

I submitted an appeal. When will I find out if I’ve been reconsidered?

The appeal committee meets on a regular basis to review the information that has been submitted. It can take up to four weeks to receive a response. 

Can I speak to the committee or a committee person?

The purpose of your appeal is to include and submit all information you would like to share with the committee. For that reason, we do not allow students to contact these individuals.