Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Admission to the Urban and Public Affairs degree program is selective and competitive. Specific admission requirements include the following:
1. Admission to the degree program requires junior standing. At the time of the UPA major application, students must have at least 44 semester hours of course work completed. Before enrolling in the UPA progam, students must have at least 60 semester hours of course work completed including the following:
- 1 course in microeconomics (3 semester hours)
- 2 courses in English composition (6 semester hours)
- 1 course in mathematics, logic, or statistics (3 semester hours)
- 1 course in the natural sciences (3 - 5 semester hours)
2. Students must have a grade point average of 2.75 (A = 4.00) or higher at the time they apply for admission to the program. A telephone or personal interview is required for admission to the program.
3. A personal statement is required for admission to the program. The personal statement should be one to two pages, double spaced, that includes information on your educational and career goals, detailing relevant academic and employment experience, and your academic or professional interest in the UPA Bachelor's degree program.
The commitment of the University of Illinois to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms.
The University of Illinois will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran and will comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in the University programs and activities.
University complaint and grievance procedures provide employees and students with the means for the resolution of complaints that allege a violation of this Statement. Members of the public should direct their inquiries or complaints to the appropriate equal opportunity office.
For additional information or assistance with the equal opportunity, affirmative action, and harassment policies and procedures of the University of Illinois at Chicago, please contact:
Office for Access and Equity (M/C 602)
717 Marshfield Avenue Building
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7207