First Year Application Process

The Honors College application process is two-fold. Applicants must apply to UIC as a first year student using The Common Application system. The UIC Honors College application is located within the UIC Members Page of The Common Application.

How to Apply:
  1. Visit the UIC Office of Admissions website for application requirements.
  2. Submit a completed Common Application along with the UIC Members Page.
  3. In the “Academics” tab of the UIC Members Page within the Common Application there is an “Optional” section for Honors College. In this section please select “yes” if you would like to apply.
  4. Submit the required Honors College essay within the “Writing Supplement” portion.*
  5. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation: **
    1. Invite recommenders to submit recommendation letters via the Common Application. Important: You must assign your recommenders after they have been invited for the letters to be received.
    2. Send letters in a sealed envelope with recommender’s signature over the flap. Mail all documents to the following address:
      		Special Programs Unit (MC 018)
      		Office of Admissions P.O. Box 6020
      		Chicago, IL 60680-6020

*Honors College Statement: In its mission statement, the UIC Honors College is described as a community of scholars whose goal is to enrich the educational experience of undergraduates and allow the faculty and students of all disciplines to interact in teaching, learning, and research. How can you contribute to the Honors College community? What benefits do you expect in return? Please be advised that you are required to submit an Honors College essay at time of application for full consideration.

**Letters of Recommendation: The Honors College will accept two letters of recommendation that address each candidate’s particular intellectual strengths and weaknesses and what distinguishes the student. At least one letter should be from a teacher, counselor, or administrator at your school. Your second letter may be written by another teacher or by someone (not a family member) outside your school who is familiar with your qualifications.

The selection committees are particularly interested that recommenders address with examples the student's experience in the following areas as observed:

  • Academic ability
  • Motivation
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Maturity
  • Responsibility
  • Written expression of ideas
  • Research aptitude

**Counselor School Evaluation Forms will not be accepted as a letter of recommendation, so if your counselor is one of your recommenders, a separate recommendation will need to be submitted to the Honors College.

Priority application deadline: January 15, 2014
Final application deadline: March 1, 2014
Honors College Interviews: January – April 2014

If you have already submitted your UIC Supplement to the Common Application and did not indicate that you wanted to be considered for the Honors College, please email us at

If you have additional questions, please contact us at (312) 413-2260 or

If you are interested about Honors College scholarship opportunities, please visit our scholarships page.

Want to spend a day as an Honors College student? Check out more information about The Honors College Experience Program.


If you are an exceptional undergraduate first year applicant interested in applying to the Guaranteed Professional Programs Admissions (GPPA), which focuses on guaranteed admissions into professional programs, specifically medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy, membership in the Honors College is usually required (with a few exceptions where it is strongly suggested). Please visit the GPPA website for more information and follow the admissions instructions carefully:

President’s Award Program Honors

The President’s Award Program Honors (PAP-H) is a distinct part of the campus-wide President’s Award Program (PAP). It is the University of Illinois’ most prestigious four-year tuition and housing scholarship given to exemplary incoming first-year Honors College students. Eligibility consideration for the PAP-H scholarship is based on a combination of ACT composite score, class rank, and belonging to one of the following applicant pools: high-achieving newly admitted freshmen from historically underrepresented groups; high-achieving newly admitted students from low-sending Illinois counties (defined as counties sending an average of two or fewer students per academic year to the University of Illinois in the past five year period); or high-achieving newly admitted dependent students whose families are not expected to contribute to the cost of their education as verified through FAFSA and financial aid application processes. Prospective students apply for the award through the regular UIC admissions and Honors College review processes. Once admitted to the university, potentially eligible applicants are nominated by UIC’s Chancellor, then undergo individual review to be considered as President’s Award Program Honors Scholars.

The President’s Award Program Honors Scholarship promotes academic excellence within and beyond the Honors College community, connects students with Honors College Fellows and other premier faculty members, and fosters civic engagement and leadership. The Honors College provides a collaborative and supportive educational environment that allows students to explore issues in depth through small classes and specialized research projects. Living in Honors Housing in the residence halls ensures proximity to UIC’s academic and social support networks and keeps students involved in campus life. Honors College students are known on campus as leaders, innovators, and contributors to the UIC community and beyond. PAP-H Scholarships allow motivated and hard-working Honors College students to make an even greater difference through their research and engaged citizenship.