Incoming UIC Freshmen
How to Apply
Incoming freshmen should apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and specify the Pre-Urban and Public Affairs Advising Track. Once admitted to the University of Illinois at Chicago, please contact the UPA Program Office at (312) 413-2565 to receive additional information and familiarize yourself with the college.
Application materials are available online at UIC Office of Admissions and Records (OAR). Use of the web-based application is preferred. If you need a hard copy of the application, please contact the UIC Office of Admissions at (312) 996-4350.
An incoming freshmen application is considered complete and ready for evaluation when official high school transcripts and official test scores are on file in the UIC Office of Admissions along with the completed application, personal statement, and application fee (or application fee waiver).
A complete list of Incoming Freshmen Requirements can be found at the UIC Office of Admissions and Records (OAR).
What is Pre-Urban and Public Affairs?
Students interested in the UPA degree are considered Pre-UPA students. In preparing yourself to study in the UPA program, we strongly encourage you to take UPP 101, UPP 202, and other courses mentioned on the UPA Degree Requirements page.
The UIC Fall deadline is January 15th for all incoming freshmen. Apply to the UPA program between January - March your sophomore year. We encourage students to apply earlier in the spring semester. For the transfer application process into the UPA program, please visit the Inter-College Transfer Students page.
Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA)
The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is pleased to offer Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) for freshman entering into the Pre-Urban and Public Affairs undergraduate degree. During the Fall 2009 semester highly motivated, academically qualified high school students admitted to the CUPPA will be guaranteed admission upon completion of their undergraduate studies to one of the following professional programs: Master in Urban Planning and Policy or Masters in Public Administration. The Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) and the Masters in Public Administration is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Learn more about the UPA Requirements for GPPA.