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 UIC-specific questions and essays under the My Colleges tab. See application tips for details. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $50 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

*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's 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. First Year applicants with international coursework will also be assessed the $30 international credential evaluation fee. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 
  • Homeschooled students. Must satisfy all of the above requirements. Acceptable homeschool transcripts 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.


To make your application competitive, we highly recommended that you:

Successfully complete or have in progress the following high school courses in preparation for first-year courses at UIC:

Subject Recommended years/level
English 4 years
Mathematics 3-4 years (including algebra, geometry, advanced algebra/trigonometry)
Science 3 years
Social Science 3 years
Foreign Language 2 years
Take advantage of honors, AP, or IB 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.












ACT scores and high school percentile rank for First Year students admitted for Fall 2014

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

  ACT Composite (middle 50%) HS Percentile Rank
(middle 50%)
College of Applied Health Sciences 23–28 75–91
College of Architecture, Design, & the Arts 22–26 68–89
College of Business Administration 22–27 69–89
College of Education 20–25 69–89
College of Engineering 26–30 79–94
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 22–28 72–91
College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs 21-28 63-91


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