University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago, also referred to as “UIC”, is a coeducational, public research university located in the city of Chicago in the state of Illinois. The university’s main campus resides adjacent to the Chicago Loop (the historic commercial center of downtown Chicago) in the Near West Side community area directly west of the Chicago River. With over 28,000 students and 15 academic schools and colleges, UIC is the largest university in the Chicago metropolitan area.

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, UIC’s medical school, is arguably the most prominent program at UIC. The school is a member of the Illinois Medical Distrist, one of the largest urban healthcare, research, educational, and technology districts in the United States. The UIC medical school is also the primary eductor for Illinois’ doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, healthcare professionals and other medical specialists. The UIC medical school dedicates over $400 million a year to medical research and ranks in the top 50 U.S. institutions for research expenditures. In addition to being the state’s major public medical center, the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is also the largest medical school in the United States.

In 2013, UIC ranked 147th best national university in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of colleges and universities.

UIC sports teams are known as the UIC Flames and compete in NCAA Division I Horizon League. Most major indoor sporting invents, including basketball, are heald in the UIC Pavilion, a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena built in 1982. The UIC Pavilion also serves as the venue for concerts and other university and community activities.

Academics at UIC

As previously mentioned, UIC’s medical school is the most prominent of the university’s academic programs. Nearly one out of every ten Chicagoans that earned a college degree, earned their degree at UIC. Roughly one in eight doctors in Illinois graduated from the UIC medical school. Thirty percent of all pharmacists practicing in Illinois studied at UIC’s College of Pharmacy and over half of all Illinois’ dentists graduated from UIC’s College of Dentistry.

In addition to UIC’s medical school, the University of Illinois at Chicago has 14 other academic colleges. These include:
  • College of Applied Health Sciences – This UIC college includes the Department of Physical Therapy, Department of Occupational Therapy, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, Department of Disability and Human Development, and Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences.
  • College of Architecture and the Arts – This UIC college includes the Department of Art History, School of Architecture, School of Art and Design, Department of Performing Arts, City Design Center, Gallery 400 and Janes Addams Hull-House Museum.

  • College of Business Administration – The UIC College of Business Administration (CBA) is divided into four subject-area departments, which include Accounting, Finance, Information and Decision Sciences, Managerial Studies (Management, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing). CBA offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The school is accredited by the AACSB and is a member of the Graduate Management Admissions Council.

  • College of Dentistry – The college offers a 4-year DMD degree, a 2-year International Dentists DDS degree, MS and PhD degrees in oral sciences, and size advanced certificate programs in dentistry.

  • College of Education – Offers both undergraduate and graduate programs of study as well as B.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. degree programs in several educational disciplines. The school has four departments which include Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, Special Education, and Educational Psychology.



  • College of Engineering – The College of Engineering at UIC offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The college has six departments which include Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – This college is divided into three departments which include Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in all three subject areas.

  • College of Medicine – The College of Medicine at UIC is one of the largest medical schools in the nation. It has has over 4,000 faculty and has campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana-Champaign Illinois. In addition to a traditional medical program, the college offers two NIH-funded physician-scientist training programs.

  • College of Nursing – UIC offers a comprehensive nursing education that leads to an associate, bachelor, master or PhD degree in nursing.
  • College of Pharmacy – This is a public pharmacy school with campuses located in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois. The college offers 4-year professional degrees that lead to the PharmD, the highest degree you can achieve in pharmacy. The college also offers six master’s degree programs and four doctorate degrees.

  • College of Public Health – The College of Public Health at UIC offers one of the top public health programs in the nation. This college offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • Jane Addams College of Social Work – offers graduate degrees in social work, including the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Ph.S. in Social Work.

  • College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs – This UIC college offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Urban Planning and Public Affairs. This college is a nationally recognized innovator in research and education. This college also includes UIC’s department of Public Administration.

Together these colleges provide 74 bachelor degree programs, 77 masters degrees, and over 60 doctoral degrees. In addition to the colleges listed above UIC also offers and Honors College (for undergraduate students) and the omnibus Graduate College (for graduate students).

The UIC Honors College

What started out as UIC’s Honors program in 1965 was converted into the university’s Honors College in 1982. The honors college at the University of Illinois at Chicago was developed to further enrich the academic experience for honors students that exhibited superior academic commitment and performance. The honors college at UIC offers both undergraduate and graduate students intellectual challenges above and beyond those present to students participating traditional UIC academic programs. The honors college also provides students the opportunity to engage with some of UIC top faculty and provides UIC faculty the opportunity to collaborate with some of UIC’s most motivated and talented students.

Burnham Hall is the center of Honors College activities and interaction. Burnham Hall houses the Honors College student lounge, offices, study area, and classrooms. Honors College members are eligible for special housing privileges, are provided a dedicated advisors, as well as their own study hall and computer lab.

In order to be accepted to the Honors College, students must maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher, provided evidence of scholastic merit and participate in at least one Honors College activity each year.

Demographics

Nearly 28,000 student attend UIC each year. Of those, over 17,000 are undergraduate students. As of 2009 the demographic statistics for undergraduates attending UIC were as follows:

While not represented in the table to the left, other non-scientific surveys report that between 5 and 10 percent of the total UIC student population is from middle eastern descent.

There are diversity-related committees at UIC for Blacks, Asian Americans, Persons with Disabilities, Latinos, Women, and the LGBT community. UIC has a culturally diverse student population and is recognised as one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the nation. In fact, the college was ranked as one of most LGBT friendly in the nation by Advocate College Guide.

UIC Rankings and Statistics

In 2013, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) ranked 147th in the nation among national universities and 77th in the nation among public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. More recently, UIC was ranked as the 64th best national university in the nation by Washington Monthly rankings of national universities. The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UIC among the top 150 to 200 universities in the world and among the top 68 to 85 in the United States, while the Times Higher Education World Rankings ranked UIC 49th in the United States and 167th in the world. Among universities less than 50 years old, in 2012, Times Higher Education ranked UIC 3rd in the nation and 11th in the world. UIC is ranked in the 162nd position worldwide by QS World University rankings.

Research

UIC is research classified as RU/VH, one of the highest research classifications provided by the Carnegie Foundation. UIC was ranked 48th out of more than 650 research performing universities in 2005 by the National Science Foundation statistics on research funding. And even though UIC isn’t the largest research university in the nation, research funding at UIC has surpassed that of larger research universities, including University of Chicago.

Program-specific and Subject Area Rankings

In 2012, UIC’s social sciences, medicine, and life/agricultural sciences and natural sciences and mathematics programs were among the top ranked programs worldwide by the Institute of Higher Education in Shanghai.

Recently the College of Business Administration (CBA) at University of Illinois Chicago was ranked number one among Chicago-based business schools and 56 among accredited undergraduate business schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. The UIC CBA is ranked among the top fifteen percent of the more than 460 business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or AACSB, which is the primary accreditor of business schools in the United States.

The following are the UIC graduate programs (along with their corresponding ranking) that have ranked in the top 50 of graduated programs nation wide as reported by U.S. News & World Report for 2013:
  • Clinical Psychology (42)
  • Criminology (19)
  • Education (38)
  • English (41)
  • Fine Arts (45)
  • History (36)
  • Mathematics (36)
  • Nursing (11)
  • Occupational Therapy (4)
  • Pharmacy (14)
  • Physical Therapy (16)
  • Public Affairs (37)
  • Public Health (16)
  • Social Work (24)
  • and Sociology (41)
In June 2007, the UIC graduate computer sciences program ranked 34th in the nation by Communications of Association for Computing Machinery, and tied with the reputable Caltech computer science program.

General Information

Admission Office
PO Box 5220
Chicago, IL 60680-5220
(312) 996-4350
Fax: (312) 413-7628
uicadmit@uic.edu
Contact: Thomas Glenn
Executive Director Admissions and Records
Main Address
700 South Halsted Street #2029
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 996-7000
www.uic.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 15,665
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,964
Degree-seeking undergrads: 15,576
Graduate enrollment: 7,872

Setting
Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $9,738 $10,908 $11,226 $12,056 +7.39%
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,118 $8,744 $9,435 $9,994 +5.92%
Other $2,400 $3,314 $3,494 $3,628 +3.84%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,900 $9,938 $10,480 $10,882 +3.84%
Other $2,400 $3,314 $3,494 $3,628 +3.84%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $21,456 $24,166 $25,355 $26,878 +6.01%
In-state Off Campus $23,238 $25,360 $26,400 $27,766 +5.17%
In-state with Family $10,938 $12,108 $12,426 $13,256 +6.68%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $11,224
In-state Student Fees $2,922
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $19,431
Out-of-state Fees $2,922

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,322 79%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,651 56% $19,015,584 $11,518
• Federal grants 1,144 39% $5,098,743 $4,457
• Pell grants 1,139 39% $4,240,757 $3,723
• Other federal grants 936 32% $857,986 $917
State/local government grant or scholarships 1,346 46% $6,708,630 $4,984
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,472 50% $7,208,211 $4,897
Student loan aid 1,471 50% $7,772,537 $5,284
• Federal student loans 1,449 49% $6,615,823 $4,566
• Other student loans 97 3% $1,156,714 $11,925

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3360 2003 962 23
Architecture and Related Services 93 105
Architecture 39
Architecture and Related Services, Other 93 1
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 65
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 26 11 5
African-american/black Studies 1
Disability Studies 9 5
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 9
German Studies 2 2
Latin American Studies 14
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 399 7 47
Biochemistry 49
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 15
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 323 3 9
Cell Biology and Anatomy 1
Microbiology and Immunology 1 7
Molecular Genetics 2
Molecular Pharmacology 3
Neuroscience 27
Pharmacology 7
Physiology 1 3
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 607 542 5
Accounting 158 72
Business Administration and Management 394 3
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 25
Finance 214
Management Information Systems 71 2
Management Science 116
Marketing/marketing Management 94
Real Estate 5
Computing and Information Sciences 57 51 8
Computer Science 37 51 8
Information Science/studies 20
Education 150 264 23
Art Teacher Education 6
Chemistry Teacher Education 3
Curriculum and Instruction 18
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other 4
Educational Leadership and Administration 2
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 193
Elementary Education and Teaching 49
English/language Arts Teacher Education 35
French Language Teacher Education 6
German Language Teacher Education 2
Health Occupations Teacher Education 8
History Teacher Education 22 13
Mathematics Teacher Education 13 13
Spanish Language Teacher Education 14
Special Education and Teaching 33 2
Urban Education and Leadership 1
Engineering 280 178 54
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 34 19 11
Chemical Engineering 30 3 5
Civil Engineering 60 22 5
Computer Engineering 17
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 52 55 12
Engineering Physics/applied Physics 1
Engineering 36
Engineering, Other 15
Industrial Engineering 14 8 2
Materials Engineering 2
Mechanical Engineering 72 20 17
Engineering Technology 1
Engineering/industrial Management 1
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 120 18 9
English Language and Literature 120 18 9
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 43 29 5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
French Language and Literature 7 8
Italian Language and Literature 2
Linguistics 12
Russian Language and Literature 1
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Spanish Language and Literature 30 9 3
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 205 384 718 23
Advanced/graduate Dentistry and oral Sciences, Other 21 1
Dentistry 130
Dietetics/dietitian 27 10 1
Endodontics/endodontology 1
Health Information/medical Records Administration/administrator 20 8 5
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1
Health Services Administration 20
Medical Illustration/medical Illustrator 17
Medical Scientist 1
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 4
Medicine 316
Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy 6
Nursing Practice 6
Nursing Science 146 16 4
Occupational Therapy/therapist 29 6
orthodontics/orthodontology 10
Periodontics/periodontology 1
Pharmacy 167
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 1 4
Physical Therapy/therapist 36
Prosthodontics/prosthodontology 2
Public Health 130 25
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 158
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
History 63 8 5
History 63 8 5
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 150 17 2
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 150 7 2
Forensic Science and Technology 10
Human Services 234 8
Public Administration 30
Social Work 204 8
Mathematics and Statistics 31 20 12
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Mathematics 28 20 12
Statistics 3
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 12
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 1
Mathematics and Computer Science 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 144 10 2
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 144 10 2
Physical Sciences 63 30 17
Chemistry 44 15 13
Geology and Earth Science 10 5
Physics 9 10 4
Psychology 470 13 22
Educational Psychology 7
Psychology 470 13 15
Social Sciences 333 30 20
Anthropology 36 5 3
Economics 87 11 7
Geography 4
Political Science and Government 101 3 2
Sociology 87 7 6
Urban Studies/affairs 22 2
Visual and Performing Arts 113 46
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 7 8
Cinematography and Film/video Production 3 3
Design and Applied Arts, Other 2 8
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 10
Dramatic/theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 6
Film/video and Photographic Arts, Other 1
Fine/studio Arts 11 4
Graphic Design 34 17
Industrial and Product Design 22 3
Music 5
Photography 12 3
Work and Family Studies 6
Child Development 6
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $40
Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 60%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 78%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Rquired
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 14,564
Percent Admitted: 63%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 34%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 450 (25th Percentile)
  • 600 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 500 (25th Percentile)
  • 650 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 480 (25th Percentile)
  • 610 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 21 (25th Percentile)
  • 26 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 21 (25th Percentile)
  • 27 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 21 (25th Percentile)
  • 27 (75th Percentile)

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Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
Gender and women’s studies B
German Studies B
Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Electronic visualization B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Industrial Design B
Music – General B
Performance B
Photography B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Information Sciences/Systems B

Education
Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B

Engineering
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies
Engineering/Industrial Management B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
French B
Italian B
Polish B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Medical Dietetics B
Medical Records Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B

History
History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Neuroscience B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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