Honors College Information

Information and Benefits:
The Honors College is a community of UIC scholars, comprised of students, staff, and faculty working together to provide an enriching and challenging learning environment for UIC's most highly motivated undergraduate students. 

  • Participation in the UIC Honors College combines all of the personal advantages and interactions available in a small intellectual community with the enormous opportunities only possible at a major research university.
  • As members of the UIC Honors College, students have access to research experiences, personalized advising, faculty mentoring in your field of interest, and courses available only to UIC Honors College students.
  • Honors students also benefit from a college computer lab, student lounge, a 24-hour study space, and a designated Honors learning community with campus housing.  These privileges come with the responsibility of participation.
  • As members in a community of scholars, UIC Honors College students are expected to engage in academic challenges beyond the normal classroom experience and to assume leadership roles on and off campus. 
  • There is no additional credit, or time to graduation, required of students in the UIC Honors College and the UIC Honors College graduation rate exceeds 90%.

Requirements:
All UIC Honors College students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 (4.0 scale) and must engage in a scholarly "honors activity" (e.g. research; civic engagement) approved by their faculty mentor each semester. 

  • Incoming first year students are required to participate in one of the Honors Cores. These are yearlong, interdisciplinary, general education courses taught by top members of our faculty. 

  • All incoming first year students participate in a freshman seminar either in the Honors College or in their home college. 

  • Beyond the first year, Honors College students engage in scholarly activities such as honors seminars, undergraduate research, civic engagement, experiential learning, supplemental coursework, or independent study.

  • Honors College students are also required to complete a capstone experience, such as a senior design project or senior thesis, before graduation.  More detailed information is available on the Honors College website:  www.uic.edu/honors.

  • The Honors College hosts its own living learning communities within the new James J. Stukel Towers development.

Eligibility and Admission Criteria:

  • Any incoming first year student may apply and be considered for admission.  Entering first year students with high ACT/SAT scores and exceptional high school records are encouraged to apply.
  • Admission is based upon standardized test scores, high school class rank, grades earned in high school, extracurricular interests and activities, strength of the application essays, interview, and willingness to participate in the Honors College.
  • The Honors College has approximately 1250 students in all undergraduate majors on the campus.  Although many of the GPPA programs require students to be members of the Honors College, Honors College membership is separate from the GPPA.
  • If students do not join the Honors College as first year students, they can apply to join the Honors College as current UIC students.   In order to apply students must have earned a UIC Cumulative GPA of 3.40 and have three semesters remaining at UIC before graduation.  The application is available on the Honors College website at www.uic.edu/honors.  The typical deadline for the fall semester is July 15th and for spring semester is January 15th.)
  • Transfer students can apply to the Honors College.  Transfer students must have earned a cumulative 3.40 GPA at their transfer institution to be eligible.  Transfer students must first apply for admission to UIC.  Once admitted to UIC, please complete the Honors College transfer application on our website http://www.uic.edu/honors/applying/transferapplicant.shtml.  The typical deadline for the fall semester is July 15th and for spring semester is January 15th.

If you would like additional information about the Honors College, please visit our website at www.uic.edu/honors, email us at hcollege@uic.edu, or call us at (312) 413-2260.