First Year Application Process

The UIC Honors College application process is two-fold. Applicants must apply to UIC as a first year student using The Common Application. The UIC Honors College application is located within the UIC First Year Supplement 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 First Year Supplement.

3. In the “Questions” tab of the UIC First Year Supplement you can apply to the UIC Honors College (Note: Honors College Statement is required).*

4. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation: **

1. Invite recommenders to submit letters electronically 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:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions (MC 018)
University of Illinois at Chicago
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60607-7161

*Honors College Statement (400-500 word limit): 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:

Submit two (2) letters of recommendation:
  • Letters should be from people who can attest to the applicant’s academic and professional capabilities – family members are not acceptable sources.
  • Letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically via the Common Application system or directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • The selection committees prefer that recommenders address the student’s experience in the following areas as observed: academic ability, motivation, intellectual curiosity, maturity, responsibility, written expression of ideas, and research aptitude.
  • School Counselor Evaluation forms (that contains a letter) may also be accepted as a letter of recommendation

Priority application deadline: January 15, 2016
Final application deadline: March 1, 2016
Honors College Interviews: November – April 2016

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.


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.