GPPA Program Basics for Prospective Students

The GPPA program is designed for academically motivated students who want the security of guaranteed admission to graduate or professional school while pursuing their undergraduate degree.

Admission to the GPPA program is competitive, and there are a limited number of spaces available per year. Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry have traditionally been our most competitive programs. A full listing of the GPPA programs offered are available in our "Degrees" page in the Prospective Students section. 

Beginning for Fall 2013 applicants, incoming first year applicants to UIC may apply to the GPPA program.  The most successful GPPA applicants are those who know their future profession and want a guaranteed educational path to that profession.  High school students with strong academic records, extracurricular activities, and leadership experience are encouraged to apply.

The most successful candidates will have an ACT composite score of 28 or SAT score of 1240 or higher and rank in the top 15% of the high school class.

Applicants for GPPA Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health must be


  • a U.S. citizen/permanent resident for Medicine, Dentistry and Public Health.
  • be a resident of Illinois for Medicine and Dentistry programs.

Please visit the FAQ's and the Application Information Website for some commonly asked questions and other information about the program.

Alternately you can dowload our "2013 GPPA Application Guide," which will be available soon!


The GPPA program application can be found within the UIC First Year Supplement, which is be available now.  There is no early-decision program for GPPA.  Admissions decisions for GPPA are announced on April 1 each year.  You can visit our "Application" page for more specific information.

Directions to complete a GPPA application for 2013 are available on our directions website.

Please make note of the following application deadlines:




  • GPPA Medicine program deadline: Postmark of December 1, 2012 (online and postmark deadline).
  • All other GPPA programs deadline:  Postmark of January 15, 2013 (online and postmark deadline).


The GPPA Experience

GPPA students participate in regular undergraduate coursework with other UIC students. Students are expected to follow the "Conditions of Acceptance" that are in place when they enter the program. These conditions outline coursework, a minimum GPA and other activities that are required of students during their time in the program. Frequently, GPPA students are offered special access to faculty, staff and advisors in their future graduate or professional college. GPPA students also have opportunities to network with one another at special gatherings.

Most GPPA students are required to apply to and participate in the Honors College at UIC. The Honors College offers many special services and facilities to its membership including: private computer lab and study lounge space, personalized advising, research and scholarship opportunities, and the faculty fellow program.

At this time, GPPA students do not receive preferential treatment for registration or housing.

Please note that the GPPA pre-pharmacy program requires that students complete a BS or BA degree prior to beginning the PHARMD program. This requirement is only for GPPA students and does not apply to traditional applicants to the PHARMD program. The College of Pharmacy has decided to require a bachelor's degree for GPPA students because they feel that students will be better prepared for the rigors of pharmacy school. This change is also a result of changing trends in their incoming classes, which show a significant increase in students with a bachelor’s degree being admitted to the Pharm.D. program.


Visiting Campus

We strongly recommend that you visit the UIC campus and learn more about what we have to offer. The best way to do this is to attend a Fall Preview Day, sponsored by the Office of Admissions and Records. The dates for 2013 applicants are:




Saturday, September 22, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012

To sign up or receive further information, please reserve your space at the Office of Admission Visit Campus website. A GPPA presentation is offered at each preview day.



UIC offers on-campus housing options for incoming freshmen. Honors housing is also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants interested in on-campus housing are encouraged to apply immediately upon receiving housing information. In most years, campus housing is full by late March.



The GPPA program offers one scholarship for incoming freshmen. GPPA applicants are considered for scholarships within the admission process. More information is available by clicking the Financial Aid link on the dropdown menu above.