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I was denied admission to UIC, what are my options?

Denied First Year applicants have three options:

  • You may appeal an unfavorable decision if you have compelling new information that was not considered during the initial review by submitting a letter of appeal, a copy of the decision letter, and an updated transcript and/or 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 you are 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 you do not attend another college or university, you may submit another First Year application for the following fall term. First year applicants are not considered for the spring term. If you attend another college or university, you would be considered a transfer applicant and would not be eligible to re-apply as a First Year student.

What does "Deny-Incomplete-Program clsd" mean?

This designation indicates that the application was not completed prior to the deadline and was denied for having missing requirements.

What does "Deny-Failed Special Requirements" mean?

This designation indicates that the application did not meet the minimum requirements for the program. It is generally used only by programs with strict minimum requirements.

What constitutes "compelling information" for my appeal?

Any pertinent information that was excluded from an application or transcript may work in an applicant's favor. Compelling information is generally considered a drastic improvement in your 7th semester grades, a higher ACT score than what was considered during the review, or meaningful circumstances that were not originally mentioned on the application. Compelling information does not automatically lead to a decision being overturned but it is required in order for an appeal to be considered.

How long does the appeal process take?

Appeals are collected by the Office of Admissions and then reviewed by the college that issued the decision. Appeals are generally not considered before March and after that a student should allow 4-6 weeks for consideration and receipt of the decision. Students are advised not to forego other offers of admission in favor of holding out hope for an appeal.

How will I know when a decision is made on my appeal?

A letter will be mailed once a decision is reached on your appeal. Unless the decision is overturned, there will not be any indication of the appeal decision through the online status check.

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