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 District, one of the largest urban healthcare, research, educational, and technology districts in the United States. The UIC medical school is also the primary educator 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 events, including basketball, are held at 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 over 4,000 faculty members 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 comprehensive nursing education at six campuses throughout Central and Northern Illinois. Programs lead to a bachelor’s, master’s, Doctor of Nursing Practice, or Ph.D. degree in nursing. The UIC nursing college is also home to one of the nation’s top RN-to-BSN programs, offering nurses a path to complete their bachelor’s degree.
- 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’s degree programs, 77 master’s 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 advisor, 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.
Nearly 28,000 students 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 of 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 recognized 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.
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 the Illinois ChicagoUniversity 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) aIllinois-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.
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Total undergrads: 15,665
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,964
Degree-seeking undergrads: 15,576
Graduate enrollment: 7,872
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%|
|Living Arrangement – Off Campus|
|Room and Board||$9,900||$9,938||$10,480||$10,882||+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|
|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 and Related Services, Other||93||1||–||–||–|
|City/urban, Community and Regional Planning||–||65||–||–||–|
|Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies||26||11||5||–||–|
|Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other||9||–||–||–||–|
|Latin American Studies||14||–||–||–||–|
|Biology and Biomedical Sciences||399||7||47||–||–|
|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||–||–|
|Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc.||607||542||5||–||–|
|Business Administration and Management||–||394||3||–||–|
|Management Information Systems||–||71||2||–||–|
|Computing and Information Sciences||57||51||8||–||–|
|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||–||–|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering||34||19||11||–||–|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||52||55||12||–||–|
|Engineering Physics/applied Physics||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||–||–||–||–|
|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||–||–|
|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||–||–||–|
|Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry||–||–||4||–||–|
|Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy||–||–||6||–||–|
|Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other||–||1||4||–||–|
|Registered Nursing/registered Nurse||158||–||–||–||–|
|Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other||–||–||–||–||–|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services||150||17||2||–||–|
|Criminal Justice/safety Studies||150||7||2||–||–|
|Forensic Science and Technology||–||10||–||–||–|
|Mathematics and Statistics||31||20||12||–||–|
|Computational and Applied Mathematics||–||–||–||–||–|
|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||–||–|
|Geology and Earth Science||10||5||–||–||–|
|Political Science and Government||101||3||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||–||–||–||–|
|Industrial and Product Design||22||3||–||–||–|
|Work and Family Studies||–||6||–||–||–|
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $40
Online application fee: $40
Percent applicants admitted: 60%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 78%
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Rquired
Secondary school record: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
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Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Communications & Journalism
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Art Teacher Education B
Biomedical Engineering B
Engineering/Industrial Management B
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Foreign Language & Literature
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Medical Dietetics B
History – General B
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B
Mathematics – General B
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Philosophy & Religion
Psychology – General B
Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:|
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.