BA Program in
Urban and Public Affairs

412 S. Peoria St.
Rm. 316 M/C 350
Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 413-2565

New Student Information

Welcome to the UPA Program! Before you can register for classes and begin the upcoming academic year at UIC, you will need to take care of several steps to ensure a smooth transition.

The checklist below will help you in your transition.

The Orientation Program is designed to help you make the most of your UIC experience, and is an important step in making this a meaningful and satisfying transition. To schedule your orientation session, please contact the Orientation Program at (312) 996-3271.Our reservationists will inform you of the first available date for the UPA program. You should receive written confirmation of your reservation from the Orientation program at least two weeks prior to your scheduled date.

Your ACCC NetID and Common Password will allow you to access University computers, create a UIC e-mail account, and purchase discounted software. Your EnterpriseID and Enterprise Password will allow you access to course registration and student financial records. You will use two usernames to access different services at UIC.

Click here for instructions.

Please turn in your medical immunization form in person to the Office of Medical Immunization Records at the Student Services Building Suite 1300 (1200 West Harrison Street) or mail them to:

Office of Medical Immunization Records (MC 018)
University of Illinois at Chicago, Box 5220
Chicago, IL 60680-5220

NOTE: Ensure that your immunization records are always up-to-date to prevent future holds on registration.

CampusCare is the health insurance program automatically provided to all UIC students. If you are covered by another insurance provider, such as that available through your parents or your employer, you MUST follow steps to waive CampusCare online to avoid being charged for the health insurance fee. Please visit CampusCare to learn more about the program.

Placement Testing

Many transfer students entering UIC are required to take one or more placement tests prior to the beginning of their first semester of study.

  • Incoming UPA Students who have already fulfilled the English Composition I requirement, Quantitative Reasoning requirement, and Foreign Language requirement are not required to take placement tests.
  • UPA Students that do did not fulfill the English Composition I or Quantitative Reasoning requirement need to contact the UPA advisor for consultation.
  • UPA Students that need to complete the Foreign Language requirement, please register for the Foreign Language Placement Exam.

For registration and questions on placement tests for a particular language, please review the websites below and contact the department.

If you have questions for Japanese or Chinese placement tests, please consult your advisor.

Make sure your housing plans are in order, whether you are living on or off campus. If you have decided to live on campus, please make sure that all your housing forms are turned into the Campus Housing Office. For more information about campus housing, please visit Campus Housing.

Resources for off campus housing:

You will need to come to the UIC Student Services Building (SSB) to pick-up your UIC identification card (I-Card). SSB is located at 1200 West Harrison Street. Please bring your course schedule and a government-issued photo ID, such as driverís license or passport.

The U-Pass allows you to use the CTA rail and bus transportation. Please make sure you pick up your U-PASS five days prior to the start of the semester. Passes are distributed at the Student Services Building (1200 West Harrison Street).

Visit the Student Accounts Receivable Office in SSB and become familiar with the staff and services provided and learn more about billing and payment policies. You can also sign up for direct deposit. Visit USFCO.

When: TBA

Where: UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA)
412 S. Peoria St (corner of Van Buren and Peoria)

What: The UPA Program will host a Welcome Day the week before classes begin in August. We encourage all incoming UPA students to attend (transfer and current UIC students). You will have the opportunity to meet the classmates in your cohort, the CUPPA Dean, UPA Director, UPA faculty, and CUPPA administration. Please RSVP for the event by emailing Danielle Cheatom at

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