FAQs

Before you apply

How do I apply? Which application should I use?

New undergraduate students at UIC fill out either the Common Application or the UIC Web Application. Your status as a college student determines which application you should use.

  • First Year applicants use Common Application only.
  • Transfer and second Bachelor’s applicants can use either application.
  • Readmission applicants use the UIC Web Application only.
  • Undergraduate nondegree applicants need to petition for access to the nondegree web application.

What are the minimum GPA and ACT/SAT requirements?

There are none. Quantitative factors like GPA and test scores are key pieces of the undergraduate review, but the rest of your application is as important. Other pieces like your counselor and teacher recommendations, essays, activities, and volunteer experience are all considered as well.

A minimum 2.50 GPA based on all attempted college coursework is recommended for transfer applicants. Competitive transfer applications will have a much higher GPA.  

When is the deadline?

Deadlines vary based on the term and type of application you’re submitting. Get your deadline.

The Application Process

How do I pay the application fee?

UIC Web Application can also pay the fee online when submitting the application. You may also choose to “pay later” so that you can pay the fee online at a later date or mail a check/money order.

How do I request a fee waiver?

If you qualify for a fee waiver, select the appropriate waiver type on your application. The Common Application will automatically bypass the payment step when a fee waiver is requested.

Check the status of your application online to see if further documentation is required. 

How do I report Illinois residency?

Answers on your application will determine the initial Illinois residency status. See the Residency page for more details.

What is a United States Social Security Number (SSN) and when do I need to provide it?

A Social Security Number is a government issued identification number generally used for tracking working individuals for taxation purposes. An SSN is required for students who apply for federal financial aid or who are subject to IRS reporting requirements, but is not required for applicants or admission to the University. International students who do not have a SSN should not provide other national ID numbers in attempt to fully complete the application. Please see the Social Security Administration’s website for more complete details.

Supporting Documents

Which transcripts and test scores are required?

First Year applicants need high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores for review. See the First Year requirements.

  • International applicants: English proficiency test scores are also required. TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE are accepted. See the International requirements for details.
  • Multiple high schools: If your current high school’s transcript does not include three full years of letter grades, transcripts from your previous schools may also be needed.

Transfer applicants need college transcripts and in some cases, high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores for review. See the Transfer Requirements.

  • High school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores are required for transfer applicants below the recommended 24 credit hours.
  • International applicants: English proficiency test scores are also required. TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE are accepted. See the International requirements for details.
  • Multiple colleges: An official transcript is required from each college or university you’ve attended. 

How do I submit transcripts and test scores?

  • High school transcripts must be sent directly by the school or delivered in an envelope sealed by the school. Electronic transcripts through the Common Application or Naviance are encouraged, while also being accepted through an online service or through the mail.
  • College transcripts must be sent directly by the institution or delivered in an envelope sealed by the institution. They may be mailed or delivered through an online service by the institution. Email and fax transcripts will not be considered official.
  • International transcripts should be sent by the school, or if new transcripts cannot be requested, a photocopy of your original should be sent to the school to be attested and then forwarded to UIC for review.
  • ACT/SAT scores may be sent electronically from the testing service or as part of a high school transcript. Student copies and other unofficial score reports will be considered self-reported.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores should be sent directly from the testing service. Student copies and other unofficial score reports will be considered self-reported. 

Do I have supplemental requirements? How do I upload them?

Transfer applicants to the following majors must also upload program-specific supplemental requirements for review:

International applicants will also upload documents for the I-20 process with the Office of International Services. View the initial I-20 requirements.

View the Undergraduate Upload Guide for a step-by-step walk-through of the upload process. 

The Review Process

What is considered in the First Year review process?

Your high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores are only the beginning of your application. UIC evaluates your strength of schedule, grade trends, counselor and teacher recommendations, and essays at every step of the review process. Any additional information may be submitted if you think it paints a clearer picture of you as a student or individual.

What is considered in the Transfer review process?

Your college GPA and prerequisite coursework are the most important pieces of information in the review process. Letters of recommendation and personal essays are also considered.

Are there interviews or auditions involved in the review process?

Most applicants do not need an interview or audition on campus. A few specific programs listed below may require it as part of their review process.

Auditions 

  • Music: Performance, Jazz Studies, and Music Business majors in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts. 
  • Theatre: Acting majors in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts

Interviews 

  • Honors College
  • Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA)
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