University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago


The University of Illinois at Chicago is Chicago’s university – big, diverse and alive. UIC is a real campus community embedded in some of Chicago’s most interesting neighborhoods. Consistently ranked among the nation’s most diverse and welcoming campuses, UIC is home to nearly 30,000 students. UIC students have the advantage of studying in 15 different academic colleges alongside a superb faculty that discovers what others teach. This university offers a challenging, career-building education and a life-changing college experience through hundreds of academic and success programs.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach UIC TRIO

The goal of TRIO/ASP is to help increase the retention and graduation of low-income, first-generation college students and to foster an institutional climate supportive of their success. We seek to accomplish these goals through supportive services that foster academic achievement, personal growth and development, self-actualization, self-confidence, and leadership. Learn more about UIC TRIO

Pre-College Prep & Outreach UIC CHANCE

The UIC - CHANCE Program was formed in 2004 to assist the campus with recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented students. Our comprehensive programming addresses the needs of our student-body through face-to-face and online workshops which are facilitated by the (Blackboard Learning Management System). The CHANCE Program (TCP) is committed to providing academic, personal, and professional assistance to students with demonstrated academic and personal needs. Learn more about UIC CHANCE

Pre-College Summer Experience Summer College

As a UIC Summer College student, you’ll get individualized attention in small classes taught by experienced instructors. You’ll improve your skills in math, writing, creative arts, computer literacy, science, studying and note-taking, and more. You’ll meet other new students, make friends and study partners, connect with faculty and advisors, learn your way around the UIC campus, and discover UIC’s many student resources. Learn more about Summer College

Scholarship & Financial Aid Presidential Award Program

The PAP Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship program that promotes student success and academic excellence in collaboration with the entire UIC community. PAP Scholars participate in the PAP Academy which is comprised of Summer College and a First Year Experience. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in many opportunities, such as undergraduate research, a study abroad experience, specialized seminars facilitated by faculty liaisons, and career and graduate/professional school preparation. Learn more about Presidential Award Program

Scholars & Leadership PAP Honors Scholars Program

The PAP Honors Scholars Program is a four-year residential scholarship program that provides opportunities for academic engagement and mentoring as a member of the UIC Honors College. The PAP Honors Scholars Program promotes academic excellence within and beyond the Honors College community, connects students with Honors College Faculty Fellows and other faculty members, and fosters civic engagement and leadership. The scholarship covers four years of tuition and housing, a week-long Summer College orientation program, and a new laptop computer. Students must apply separately to the Honors College for consideration. Learn more about PAP Honors Scholars Program

Student Diversity

  • 17,959
  • 50/50
  • 44%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 20%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 30%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 32%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • <1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 2%

Student Success

  • 82%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 60%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 39%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 17%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,246
    Full-time faculty
  • 465
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 17:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biological and Life Sciences, Psychology, Accounting, Computer Science, Kinesiology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian American Students In Alliance, Black Student Union, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Confederation of Latin American Students, DESIgn Movement, Fearless Undocumented Alliance, Filipinos in Alliance, Hellenic Students Association, Hindu Students Council, Pride


Cost of Attendance

  • $23,440
  • $10,584
    In-state Tuition
  • $3,092
    Required Fees
  • $10,883
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $42,895,825
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $14,519
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 80%
    Students with financial need
  • 75%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 64%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 6%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 17,931
    # of applicants
  • 73%
  • 3.30
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • 460—600
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 510—640
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/16
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date