Admission Requirements - Professional
- How Do I Apply?
- Application Fee Waivers
- Information for International Applicants
- English Proficiency Requirements
- Deferring Admission to a Future Semester
- When All Else Fails...
DNP and OTD applicants should refer to Graduate Requirements and the program’s website for the appropriate information.
Applicants to other professional programs at UIC generally require the submission of the following (though programs provide specific instructions on their website):
- Centralized Application Service (CAS) application as required by the program.
- Institutional Supplemental Application + Application Fee (non-refundable) required to submit the application
- DPT, DNP, OTD, PharmD = $60
- DMD = $85
- IDDP = $150
- A record of all coursework completed
- US coursework submitted through the CAS
- Foreign credentials uploaded through the application checklist if not included in the CAS record.
- Certified English translations of all foreign-language credentials.
- (If course work is in progress, final transcripts with grades recorded and proof of any degrees awarded may be requested by the program after admission.)
- Supplementary materials as determined by the program (GRE and other test scores, personal statement, letters of recommendation, writing samples, Millers analogies, etc.), typically submitted through the CAS. Refer to the department’s instructions or requirements within the CAS for specific information.
The institutional application fee is waived only in the following cases:
- Current or previous enrollment in a Professional-level program at UIC
- Current enrollment in a Professional-level program at the University of Illinois at Springfield
- Current enrollment in a Professional-level program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Recipient of the Illinois Veteran’s Grant
- Currently an employee of the University of Illinois
Fees for Professional-level applications are not approved based on statements of financial hardship. Fee waivers offered by a CAS do not carry over to the institutional application fee.
The waiver options will be presented at the end of the application. Applicants who have selected a waiver in error will be required to submit the fee online through the application checklist.
General country information indicating degree equivalency and expected credentials is provided through the dropdown list below:
The university considers any student who currently holds a visa of any type or would need a visa to study at UIC to be International. Even if you do not require a student (F or J) visa to attend UIC, you are viewed as an international applicant. Many policies which apply to those seeking student visas will apply to holders of other types of visas.
- U.S. Citizen
- Born or naturalized
- U.S. Permanent Resident
- Green card holder. You should submit an Alien Registration Number and a copy of your PR card with the application.
- International Student
- For the university’s purposes, this is anyone who currently holds a visa of any type or would need a visa to study at UIC.
- Adjustment in Status
- This category is for applicants who are in the process of becoming a permanent resident. You should submit any documentation that can provide details of your status such as receipts or petitions from USCIS.
- Non-citizen (Other)
- This should only be used if none of the other categories apply to you. Once again, valid visa holders or those seeking a visa should not use this category.
A request for visa processing documentation will populate on the institutional application checklist of all International applicants. Though they will not be required until admission, the Office of International Services recommends submission of the documents during the application process so that they possess sufficient documentation to be able to initiate the visa process.
Submission of financial documents does not affect application reviews or admission to the university.
Full details concerning the process and requested documentation can be found on the Office of International Services’ website.
Full details concerning English proficiency requirements at UIC can be found on our English Proficiency Requirements page.
- We understand that from the viewpoint of many countries, the word “transcript” is an American term. When the Office of Admissions asks you for transcripts, we are actually asking for a copy of your academic record which includes courses taken, course descriptions, credits earned or hours completed, and posted grades. The following academic records are always acceptable as “transcripts”:
- Bosnia & Herzegovina--Index or Upsinica
- Croatia--Indeks or Uvjerjenje
- Germany Scheinen or Student Reported Summary which has been certified by the university
- India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka--Marksheets (*see below)
- Countries following the Bologna Agreement?Transcripts. A diploma supplement may also be required.
- Some institutions provide a separate sheet for each year or semester which details the classes taken and marks achieved by a student. The following are some criteria which the Office of Admissions requires when evaluating marksheets:
- They should be issued on a yearly or semesterly basis
- Marks secured, minimum passing marks, and maximum marks should be shown
- They should be unconsolidated. Consolidated marks will not be accepted under any circumstance.
- Marksheets may be issued by the university or the college.
- Marksheets should be attested by the university or college Registrar, Controller of Exams, Dean or Principal. See the sections on Official vs. Unofficial documents and Attestation for more details.
- Marksheets should clearly list the course name. If all that is shown is Paper I, II, and III or Exams I, II, III for a certain subject, the Office of Admissions will ask for a syllabus or course descriptions.
- Always provide the back of the marksheets if any information regarding courses or grading policies is listed on it.
Proof of Degree
- The Office of Admissions requires proof of all degrees that a student has earned. This should be an attested copy of your diploma or degree certificate. It should state the type of degree you were awarded, the fact that it was granted to you, and the date of conferment. Keep the following in mind when submitting proof of degree:
- Exam and Pass Certificates are not acceptable. Certificates stating that you passed the final or degree examination will not be used in place of a degree. Certificates stating that you successfully passed a degree or a final semester will also not be used.
- Provisional degrees will be accepted if the final degree has not yet been issued. The Office of Admissions will take a provisional degree certificate or provisional degree statement as long as it explicitly states that you have qualified for the degree and that it will be conferred at a future date or convocation. It must be issued by the University; not the college. Provisional degrees should be submitted in the same format as other official documents. If a provisional degree is accepted the Office of Admissions will not require the submission of the final degree at a later date (will likely require and official attested copy of the provisional degree).
- The supplement provides a description of the nature, level, context and status of the studies a student pursued and successfully completed.
- Students may be required to submit a syllabus or course descriptions if the transcript does not provide enough detail. These items will usually provide a key for understanding the courses you have taken and will provide the highlights of that course’s curriculum. The Office of Admissions may request these on a case-by-case basis.
- UIC Admissions does not require you to submit your original documents to the university. We understand that many universities only issue one set of final, original documents to students. Students should plan to submit attested copies of all original documents to UIC if admitted. You will need to make copies of your transcripts, marksheets, or degrees and have them stamped by the university or college authority. They will need to seal the attested documents in envelopes and place the same attesting stamp over the flap. We consider all properly attested and sealed documents to be official.
Official vs. Unofficial
- Official documents are those which have been issued by the university and bear an original attestation. In the United States, sealed transcripts issued directly from the Registrar’s office are considered as official. The university may issue transcripts directly to UIC or to the student. As long as the seal is not broken, the transcripts or proof of degree will be considered official. From foreign institutions, copies of original documents which have been attested by the university or college authority and sealed by the same individual will be considered as official. Each document should be individually attested.
- Documents may be considered unofficial for the following reasons:
- Attestation is not consistent. If each document is stamped by a different individual, the Office of Admissions will not accept them as official.
- Attestation is not performed by the correct university or college official. Documents should be attested by the university Registrar (assistant, associate or deputy), Controller of Examinations, attestation officer, Principal or Dean. Documents attested by other individuals or college officials will not be accepted.
- Documents were submitted in plain or open envelopes. Envelopes must be sealed at the time they are presented to OAR and must bear the stamp or signature of the attesting individual over the flap.
- Attestation has been done by EducationUSA or similar third party.
- The Office of Admissions requires literal, certified translations for all documents issued in a language other than English. Translations should be on a translator’s letterhead and should be literal (not an interpretation). We accept translations from ATA certified translators, translation agencies, court-appointed translators, or from the consulate. You may find an ATA translator at their web site: www.atanet.org. Plain translations, notarized translations, and translations done by someone other than a certified translator are not acceptable. Evaluations performed by agencies such as WES and ECE will not be used in place of certified translations.
What to do when you can’t obtain the required documentation
If your university refuses to issue the required documents, you will need to request a letter from the Registrar or Controller of Exams explaining their policy. This letter should be submitted to UIC in a sealed envelope bearing the stamp of the same individual who is issuing the statement over the flap.
Students who have completed study at U.S. universities must provide transcripts for work completed. If students cannot obtain transcripts from a U.S. institution, no exception will be made so that the application can be reviewed for a decision.
Different types of registration holds and how to clear them
As a new student at UIC, you may have registration holds that will need to be cleared before you are able to enroll in classes.
Students who have been admitted with pending conditions will receive a transcript hold that is created by the Office of Admissions. Usually this occurs because the Office of Admissions and Records has not yet received your final or official academic credentials. You can tell if you have been admitted conditionally by carefully reading your admit letter. The items that are pending will show at the bottom of your admit letter.
Transcript holds do not go into effect until the registration period for your 1st term at UIC is over. This means that you will not be affected by the hold until you try to register for your 2nd term at UIC. The Office of Admissions encourages you to bring in your final/official documents when you first arrive on campus. By doing so, you will be able to resolve this issue before your registration is ever affected. It will also ensure that you have plenty of time to obtain correct versions of any documents that the Office of Admissions has not found acceptable.
Students may also encounter advising holds. These are placed by your academic program to ensure that you meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. You will need to consult with your academic department for an advisor assignment. They will be able to guide you through the necessary steps for having any advising holds released
The Immunizations Office will also create holds for students who have failed to submit proper proof of immunizations. For more information on this topic go to: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/student_records/medical_immunization.html.
When holds take effect
Transcript holds placed by the Office of Admissions will begin after the 10th day of your 1st semester at UIC. Registration for your 2nd term of study (and every subsequent term) will be blocked until the required credentials have been submitted.
Immunization holds will begin during your 1st term at UIC
Students who have been recommended for admission, but cannot attend for valid reasons, may request to defer their admission. An admitted application can only be deferred once. Admission can be deferred for up to 1 academic year. (Applicants for the Fall term may defer to the following Spring, Summer, or Fall terms, but no further.) Students do not need to submit a new application, fee, or set of academic credentials in order for a deferral to be granted.
Only students who have been officially admitted by the department and university are eligible to defer admission. Denied, canceled, or incomplete applications are not deferred.
To request a deferral, please contact your academic program. Your department has the authority to grant your request or to deny it. Departmental awards may not be guaranteed for a new term. If the program approves the deferral, they will forward a request to the Office of Admissions.
If your deferral is approved by the Office of Admissions, you will receive a letter of admission for the new term.
Please include your University Identification Number (UIN) on all correspondence with the Office of Admissions so that we can easily access your record. If you provided a different spelling of your name to ETS for GRE or TOEFL reporting, please provide this name to the Office of Admissions.
Whom to contact for help
Please use the form at the following link to contact us for help: http://oar.uic.edu/contact/form_prospective_students.html
Submitted questions will be reviewed by an admissions counselor. Most basic questions can be answered by thoroughly reading through application instructions provided by the program or our Admissions website.
Admissions counselors are also available via the phone on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm (CST). Each counselor works with a different set of academic programs, but any counselor will be able to help you by answering Admissions-related questions or pointing you in the right direction. Contact persons in your department of interest will also be able to answer most questions, especially questions concerning advising, pre-requisites, and program-specific requirements.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a variety of questions that the Office of Admissions and Records receives on a daily basis.