GPPA Application - Step by Step
Accessing the Application:
Applying to GPPA at UIC is easier than in the past! UIC is now a part of the Common Application for Undergraduate Admission!
In order to apply to the GPPA programs, you must complete the Common Application, complete the UIC First Year Supplement which now includes the GPPA Application and the Honors College Application (where required for GPPA), and submit two letters of recommendation. We have developed an "Application Guide" for you. Access to the GPPA admissions process is available at the Office of Admissions website.
The GPPA application process has essentially three parts –
1. You must apply to UIC as a first year student by completing the Common Application and the UIC First Year Supplement.
Visit the UIC Office of Admissions website www.admissions.uic.edu/apply to begin that process.
Complete the Common Application and select UIC as a school.
2. Within the UIC First Year Supplement, you apply to their GPPA program of choice, and apply to the Honors College where required.
1. Select the GPPA program by completing all three drop down menus.
2. Complete and upload the GPPA Application Statement.
GPPA Statement: By applying to the GPPA programs, you are applying for a guaranteed seat in one of UIC's graduate and professional programs earlier than students who apply in a traditional manner. The GPPA program seeks to understand why you have chosen your intended profession and a guaranteed path into it. What makes you an ideal candidate for guaranteed admission rather than following a traditional path to your intended profession? How would a guaranteed seat contribute to your goals as an undergraduate?
For the Honors College:
A majority of GPPA programs require Honors College membership, and this year, you must also complete the Honors College section of the UIC First Year Supplement. If the GPPA program does not require the Honors College, you may skip this step.
1. Within the Supplement, check the box “Apply to the Honors College”.
2. Complete and upload the Honors College Statement.
Honors College Statement: In its mission statement, the UIC Honors College is described as a community of scholars whose goal is to enrich the educational experience of undergraduates and allow the faculty and students of all disciplines to interact in teaching, learning, and research. How can you contribute to the Honors College community? What benefits do you expect in return?
3. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation to UIC.
Letters should be from people who can attest to the applicant’s academic and professional capabilities – family members are not acceptable sources.
Letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically via the Common Application system or directly to the Special Programs Unit mailing address.
You do not need to submit a second set of letters to the Honors College. Letters submitted for your GPPA application will be used by the Honors College to consider applicants for admission.
Letters should address the following criteria for a candidate: “Please provide, using specific examples where possible, evidence of this student’s particular intellectual strengths and weaknesses. What distinguishes this student?”
The selection committees are particularly interested that recommenders address the student’s experience in the following areas as observed: academic ability, motivation, intellectual curiosity, maturity, responsibility, written expression of ideas, and research aptitude.
If the Teacher Evaluation Forms provided through the Common Application address these criteria, these two evaluations are acceptable for the GPPA and Honors College application. If the candidate feels these letters will not address the above criteria, up to two additional letters may be submitted by the deadline.
Counselor School Evaluation forms will not be accepted as letters of recommendation.
Completed GPPA Applications will include all the following items:
GPPA Application Statement
Honors College Application (if applicable)
Honors College Application Statement (if applicable)
Two (2) Letters of Recommendation sent to UIC
*International or domestic students with international credentials may be required to submit additional materials
GPPA is a self-managed application process:
You, the applicant, are asked to collect and return all required materials. Please note that letters of recommendation will be accepted if mailed by the recommenders or school, but this is not the preferred method and can cause materials to arrive beyond the deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure the submission of all required application materials by the stated deadline.
You should be prepared to provide the following information in the application process:
-Advanced Placement testing information – subjects, test dates, test scores
-Special recognitions for accomplishments
-Acquired skills/knowledge (languages, certifications, etc…)
-List of extracurricular activities (including membership in organizations and work experience) as well as a statement about how these have contributed to the applicant’s professional goals.
-Parental and sibling information
Additional Tips and Advice:
- For your GPPA personal statement, please refrain from using the information supplied in the Common Application statement. The GPPA review committees will have access to all portions of an applicant’s file. Applicants who select a GPPA program that does not require Honors College membership have the option of only completing the GPPA Application in the UIC School Supplement. More information about this can be found with the application instructions on the website.
- Complete and submit application materials in advance of the deadlines.
- When mailing application materials, keep as much together as possible. Enclose in one large envelope and send to:
- You can track your application status online at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/undergrad_gppa/check_status_gppa.html.
Special Programs Unit (MC 018)
Office of Admissions & Records
Chicago, IL 60680-6020