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Application Requirements

Here's what you need:

First-year applicants must meet these four core requirements to complete an application:

  • The Common Application online, including the specific questions and essays for UIC under the "My Colleges" tab. See application tips for details. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $60 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver*.
  • Official high school transcript**, submitted electronically or via mail, along with the Common Application School Report 
  • ACT/SAT scores, submitted electronically or printed on official transcripts

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

**Please note that our mailing address changed recently. Check with your counselor or registrar to ensure that they send documents only to the following address.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions (MC 018) 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60607-7161  

Other Requirements

Additional requirements may apply to the following applicants:

  • Early Action applicants. Must have their Common Application, transcript, and test scores submitted by November 1. Applicants should select the Early Action option in the "preferred admission plan" question on UIC's Common Application "Member" page.
  • 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 attended another college or university since graduating. Must meet the Transfer Admission requirements and will not be considered for first-year admission. 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

Course Recommendations

Plan your high school coursework.

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

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 Course Recommendations

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

Entering Class Profile

Middle 50 percent of the admitted Fall 2019 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 2019
UIC College Middle 50%
Middle 50%
HS Percentile Rank
Middle 50%

Grade Point Average (unweighted)
College of Applied Health Sciences 1040-1220
66-91 3.2-3.7
College of Architecture, Design, & the Arts 1040-1260
61-88 3.1-3.7
College of Business Administration 1060-1240
63-89 3.1-3.6
College of Education 980-1150
55-85 3.0-3.6
College of Engineering 1210-1400
80-95 3.4-3.8
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 1070-1290
67-92 3.2-3.8
College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs 1070-1270
58-89 3.0-3.5
School of Public Health 1085-1310
66-91 3.2-3.8