Honors College Application - Step by Step


The Honors College encourages students with high ACT/SAT scores and/or exceptional high school records to apply.

Beginning first year applicants who are interested in applying to the UIC Honors College should be aware that to be eligible to apply to the Honors College, you must first select UIC on the Common Application and begin completing the UIC First Year Supplement.

Once you have filled out the Common Application, you can submit an Honors College essay in the UIC School Supplement to apply to the Honors College. All supporting material must be mailed directly to the Honors College.

Please read all application directions carefully.  For your application to be complete you will need to:

1.  Click "Apply to the Honors College" within the UIC FIrst Year Supplement form.

2.  Upload an Honors College essay on the topic:

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.

(For Honors College applicants who are not applying to the GPPA, you should submit your letters directly to the Honors College.  GPPA applicants will submit letters to the Special Programs Unit in the Office of Admissions.)

For fullest consideration, please submit your application by January 15, 2014. Applications can be submitted until the deadline of March 1, 2014. If you have additional questions, please email us at hcollege@uic.edu.