Due to the COVID-19 pandemic UIC continues to accept undergraduate first-year and transfer applications for the Fall 2020 semester.

First-Year Applicants

First-year applicants are currently enrolled in high school, or have not attended college since graduation. If that doesn’t apply to you, select a new application type.

Application Pathways

UIC has two main pathways for first-year admission. Each pathway to admission has its own advantage. Be mindful of requirements and dates when choosing the one that’s right for you.

EARLY ACTION

REGULAR DECISION

Early Action is a nonbinding application process. Applicants get a faster decision and priority consideration for scholarships — no strings attached. Candidates recieve an admissions decision by Dec. 1.  This is the most common application process offered at colleges and universities. Candidates receive an admission decision between December and March. 
The application deadline for Early Action is Nov. 1.  The application deadline for Regular Decision is Jan. 15. 

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Here’s what you need to apply

All first-year applicants must meet these requirements to complete an application.

  • Complete the Common Application online, including the specific questions and essays for UIC under the "My Colleges" tab. See application tips for details.
  • Submit the $60 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver.*
  • Send official high school transcripts
  • Send ACT or SAT scores (Optional for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle)

* Fee waivers are only accepted for domestic applications. We do not offer application fee waivers for international students at this time.

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What we review

Factors for Admission

UIC admissions counselors review your application for academic preparedness and potential contribution to the UIC community. Here’s what we’re reviewing on your application. 

  • High school performance​
  • Essays
    • Quality of writing
    • Demonstration of academic interest
    • Identification of any current circumstances that contributed to your high school performance
  • Test scores (optional for 2020-21)

Planning pays off

Plan your High School Coursework

While not required for admission, completed coursework in the subject areas listed below can make prospective first-year applicants more competitive. 

Course Recommendations for Competitive Applications
Subject Recommended for All Majors Recommended for STEM Majors
English 4 years 4 years
Mathematics 3-4 years (including algebra, geometry, advanced algebra/trigonometry) 4 years (coursework at or above precalculus is highly recommended)
Science 3 years 4 years
Social Science 3 years 3 years
Foreign Language 2 years 2 years

Additional Tips

  • Take advantage of honors, AP, or IB and other college preparatory courses offered at your high school.
  • Submit letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or extracurricular activity supervisors.
  • Submit the Common Application mid-year report when your first semester grades from senior year become available.

Admitted Student Profile

Middle 50 Percent of the Admitted Fall 2020 First-year Class

These values represent the middle 50 percent of students who were admitted to UIC. A quarter of all applicants offered admission fell below this range, while another quarter were above the listed range. 

SAT (CR+M) and ACT (concordance) test scores, grade point average and high school percentile rank for first-year students admitted for Fall 2020
UIC College SAT
(ACT)
HS Percentile Rank Grade Point Average (unweighted)
College of Applied Health Sciences 1040-1220
(20-25)
66-91 3.2-3.7
College of Architecture, Design, & the Arts 1040-1260
(20-27)
61-88 3.1-3.7
College of Business Administration 1060-1240
(21-26)
63-89 3.1-3.6
College of Education 980-1150
(18-23)
55-85 3.0-3.6
College of Engineering 1210-1400
(25-31)
80-95 3.4-3.8
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 1070-1290
(21-27)
67-92 3.2-3.8
College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs 1070-1270
(21-27)
58-89 3.0-3.5
School of Public Health 1085-1310
(21-28)
66-91 3.2-3.8

Other Requirements

Additional Requirements may Apply:

  • Honors College and Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) applicants. Must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review. The following supplemental documents are required for Honors College and GPPA applicants: 
    • An essay for each program submitted with the application.
    • Two recommendations submitted through the Common Application or via mail.
  • International applicants. Must meet the core first-year requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 
  • Home-schooled students. Must satisfy all of the above requirements. Acceptable transcripts for home-school students must include: 
    • a list of all subjects/courses attempted by year.
    • grades and/or examination results received (both passing and failing).
    • maximum and minimum grades obtainable.
    • number of units earned.
  • High school graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.
  • Applicants to performance programs. An audition is required for admission to all performance degree applicants. For audition requirements for theatre programs, please visit the Theatre Department's Auditions webpage, for Music programs, please visit the Music Department's Auditions webpage