We appreciate the role that parents play in the college admissions process and hope that this section of our admissions web site will provide you with the most relevant information and will facilitate a meaningful discussion about what UIC has to offer.
If there is any information that you are unable to find or you just need someone to talk to about this admissions process or any information about UIC, please feel free to contact us. We are here to make this process enjoyable and meaningful for your student as they take one step closer to becoming a member of the UIC family.
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
How can I set up a tour of UIC?
The Office of Admissions hosts daily information sessions each weekday at Student Center East beginning at 10am. The daily information session includes a presentation about the University, question and answer segment, and concludes with a student-led walking tour of campus housing and UIC’s East Campus. You can register for a preview day or daily information session online through the campus visit calendar.
How does my child get financial aid?
All students wishing to receive financial aid are required to 1) submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to UIC and 2) must have their correct social security number on file.
FAFSA recommends that students and their parents prepare and submit the form as soon as possible after January 1st. Beginning around mid-March, the Office of Student Financial Aid will begin notifying students via email when the Financial Award Letter is available to be viewed online.
The social security number must be on file with UIC in order for Financial Aid to connect the FAFSA information to the student account. If the social security number was not entered on the application, please contact the Office of Admissions at (312) 996-4350 for further instructions.
What is required to complete a First Year application?
- Complete and submit the Common Application Online along with the UIC Supplement. Printed applications will not be accepted.
- Submit the $50 nonrefundable application fee.
- Current high school students must submit an official high school transcript, electronically or through the mail, along with the Common Application School Report
- Graduated applicants who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.
- Complete the American College Test (ACT) or the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or Scholastic Assessment Test-I (SAT-I). ACT and SAT test scores may be submitted electronically or printed on official transcripts.
When is a high school transcript considered "official"?
In order for UIC to accept a high school transcript as official, it needs to come directly from your child’s high school. The transcript may be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the high school or submitted through a secure transcript service such as Docufide or E-Script. UIC will accept hand-delivered transcripts at the Office of Admissions only if they are in an unopened envelope that was clearly sealed by the high school.
When are ACT/SAT scores considered "official"?
UIC encourages students to submit ACT/SAT test scores electronically directly from the testing agency. The UIC code for the ACT is 1155. The UIC code for the SAT is 1851. Test scores presented on official high school transcripts may also be accepted.
What factors do you consider in making admissions decisions?
UIC takes a holistic approach when reviewing each application, because we feel that selecting students requires a careful and individualized review of each applicant’s credentials. Consideration is given to high school GPA and the strength of the high school schedule, ACT scores, class rank, personal statement, and any other documents that are provided. If a student chooses to submit recommendation letters, a list of extracurricular activities, or any other supporting documents they will also be considered during the review process.
What can my child do to strengthen their application?
UIC looks for well-rounded students who possess a strong high school transcript which includes A and B grades in college preparatory courses. Taking advantage of Honors and Advance Placement courses is also recommended as well as involvement in extracurricular activities. Further recommendations for strengthening an application for all levels of high school students can be found at the Looking Forward to UIC page.
Does UIC consider legacies?
No, parents or siblings that have graduated from or currently attend UIC will not impact the review process.
When will my child receive an admissions decision?
The admissions committee carefully reviews each application individually. Due to the holistic review approach, this process does take some time to complete. A majority of the decisions will be issued between the January 15th application deadline and the end of March, because applications are reviewed based on the strength of the applicant pool as a whole. This is not a hard deadline, however, and if your child has not received a decision by the end of March you can contact the Admissions Office at 312-996-4350 for further details regarding a decision time frame.
What can be done if my child was denied?
Please see the Denied First Year applicant FAQ.
Denied First Year applicants have three options:
- Applicants may appeal an unfavorable decision if they have compelling new information that was not considered during the initial review by submitting a letter of appeal (written by the applicant), a copy of the decision letter, and updated transcripts/test scores. The postmark deadline for appeals is April 15th or two weeks after the date of the decision. For full guidelines please see the Undergraduate Appeal Process.
- Transfer into UIC at a later term. If your child is considering other universities or community colleges, it is possible to apply as a transfer student to UIC. The transfer admissions process requires a minimum of 24 transferable credit hours completed at the time of application and a minimum of 36 transferable credit hours completed by the time the applicant would transfer into UIC. For full transfer requirements please see the Transfer Admissions Requirements.
- Re-apply as a First Year student for the following fall term. As long as your child does not attend another college or university, they may submit another First Year application for the following fall term. First year applicants are not considered for the spring term. Any student who attends another college or university is considered a transfer applicant and would not be eligible to re-apply as a First Year student.