JUNE 20 – JULY 21, 2011

The Writing Workshop

The Writing Workshop is designed to help students develop their college-level writing and comprehension skills. Working with experienced instructors, participants will build up their skills through daily reading and writing assignments. The writing workshop is offered to students at no cost and course material will be provided.

All UIC students must earn credit in two college-level writing courses, English 160 followed by English 161, to qualify for graduation. If not placed into English 160 by the UIC English Department placement test, students must take and pass a semester-long preparatory writing course, either English 071 or English 070, in their first semester. Some students may be required to start with ESL 060, a course designed for nonnative speakers of English. While these preparatory courses will help advance a student toward college-level writing, they do not provide credit toward graduation.

For students placed into preparatory writing courses in the fall semester, The Writing Workshop, an intensive five-week summer program, was developed as an alternative. Students who demonstrate proficiency in writing at the end of The Writing Workshop will be allowed to skip over their original placement and register for English 160. (Students in ESL 060 may be allowed to register for English 070).

Eligibility is based on your writing placement test results; if you’re interested in this workshop, please contact the Office of Testing Services to set up a placement test date. Visit to register for your placement test. 

The Math Workshop

The Math Workshop will focus on improving students’ conceptual understanding and skills in beginning and intermediate Algebra. Dedicated instructors will help participants boost their knowledge and increase their math confidence. The math workshop is offered to students at no cost; however, students will be required to purchase the accompanying textbook for approximately $100 at the UIC bookstore.

Math requirements for UIC students vary by college and major. Many incoming freshmen are not prepared to take a math course that carries credit towards graduation. For these students, UIC requires either one or both of a two-semester sequence of preparatory courses in mathematics, Math 075 “Elementary Mathematics” and/or Math 090 “Intermediate Algebra.” The Math Workshop, an intensive five-week summer session, was developed for students who need more preparation in mathematics before enrolling in math courses that are required by their major.

Eligibility is based upon your Math ACT sub-score or UIC Math placement test results.

Workshop Schedule

These workshops are optional. You are not required to attend, but data indicate students who complete the workshop are about 80% more likely to move forward to the next level math course in the fall semester at UIC.

The workshops will run for five weeks from June 20 to July 21, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both the math and writing workshops are offered in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and in the evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.