Academic Planning and Progress
Summer Session Office Office of Special Scholarship Programs
Study Abroad Office
Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
- Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC) Program
- Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program
- Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Program
- Academic Center for Excellence
- African American Academic Network
- CHANCE Program
- Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center
- Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program
- Mathematical Sciences Learning Center
- Native American Support Program
- Science Learning Center
- TRIO/Educational Opportunity Outreach Programs
- Undergraduate Success Center
- Urban Health Program
- Writing Center
UIC entrusts its students with the responsibility of managing their academic planning and progress. The University expects students to follow the degree requirements and academic policies outlined in this publication. Students choose their degree programs, select and register for courses each term, and track their progress toward degree completion. In return, UIC provides students with a range of resources that are useful for academic planning, completing course requirements, and remaining on track for graduation. Many of these academic planning resources can be accessed online using the portal http://my.uic.edu.
u.select (formerly CAS)
u.select works in conjunction with the University degree audit reporting system (DARS) to create transfer planning guides. u.select reports assist prospective students by providing accurate information about how transfer credit is applied to specific UIC degree programs. Students can create u.select accounts at https://www.transfer.org/uselect/.
Current UIC students should contact their college advising office for information on transfer credit restrictions prior to enrolling in courses at other institutions.
The Degree Audit and Reporting System (DARS) produces a degree audit report intended for use within the University to facilitate advisement and to monitor progress toward program completion. The DARS Report identifies all components of the student’s chosen degree program, indicates how requirements have been met, and provides lists of approved courses from which the student may choose to fulfill remaining requirements.
Students should review a DARS Report each semester through DARS Web for Student and consult with an advisor each semester to select courses for the following semester. DARS Web is accessed through the my.UIC portal on the Degree Audit tab.
Online Catalog and Course Descriptions
The 2013–2015 Undergraduate Catalog is online at http://www.uic.edu/ucat in html and archived formats. The html version is updated regularly as degree programs, courses, and requirements change. The archived version remains static as degree programs and requirements change.
Course descriptions are online http://www.uic.edu/ucat/courses/. The Schedule of Classes, a listing of courses for each term, can be accessed through my.UIC.
Planning for academic success begins early. To earn a degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, students need to make thoughtful decisions about course selection each term; fulfill the degree requirements outlined by the University, college, and, if applicable, the department or school; and demonstrate competence in all courses according to University and college standards.
New students are often surprised by the transition to college academic life. For the first time, students are wholly responsible for their own success. Going to classes, doing the work, and understanding the concepts are up to the student. Selecting courses, meeting degree requirements, and following academic policies are the students’ responsibility. Asking questions, identifying problems, and seeking advice or help when necessary are a student’s prerogative. Students will find knowledgeable, caring faculty and advisors across campus ready to help with these and other concerns; all they have to do is ask.
Many first-year students are undecided about a major. It is possible to be undecided and make progress toward a degree, but it requires careful planning with the help of an advisor. Similarly, a large number of students discover along the way that they would like to change majors. UIC offers a wide array of undergraduate degree programs to satisfy most academic interests. Students should discuss the options with an advisor before making a final decision. Advisors can help students identify degree programs of interest, entrance requirements, and degree requirements that have already been met.
Lots of students begin college with the goal of graduating in four years. To graduate in four years, students need to take at least 15 hours per semester. Whether or not a course load of 15 or more semester hours is manageable depends on several factors, including the difficulty of particular courses and degree programs, outside commitments like work and family, and individual learning styles. Academic advisors can help students set reasonable goals based upon individual circumstances. Before making the decision to extend graduation beyond four years, students should also meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss the impact of such a decision on the total cost of education and financial support.
Students should keep the following tips in mind as they plan for academic success:
- Start a file folder to hold all University correspondence, DARS Reports, academic planning worksheets, and other important documentation pertaining to enrollment at UIC.
- Meet with an advisor once a semester.
- Attend instructors’ office hours to ask questions about lecture material, course readings, and assignments.
- Use the University Library system to complete course requirements and build important research skills.
- Take advantage of tutoring.
- Go to every class.
- Be realistic about academic goals.
- Consider all the factors impacting a manageable course load as well as the four-year tuition guarantee and plan accordingly. For instance, plan on summer session courses if a course load of 15 or more hours per semester is too much.
Academic Advising Mission Statement
The mission of academic advising at the University of Illinois at Chicago is to ensure successful undergraduate educational experiences. Academic advising is centered in the colleges. The larger advising network assists students with making the transition to college life and guides their informed decisions about the academic priorities, progress, and goals integral to completing degrees and preparing for careers.
Identifying the Advisor and Scheduling Appointments
Academic advisors are professional staff and faculty members who assist students with course selection, scheduling, degree requirements, administrative requirements, the interpretation of rules and regulations, and the utilization of campus resources. Academic advising is available to all UIC students. Academic advising at UIC is decentralized, which means that it occurs in the major college or department. Students can learn more about academic advising at UIC by visiting the Undergraduate Advisor Resource Center website http://advising.uic.edu.
Students should plan to meet with an academic advisor each term. The following guidelines are offered to help students make the most of advising appointments:
- Schedule appointments well in advance of registration.
- Examine degree requirements, course descriptions, and the Schedule of Classes prior to the advising appointment.
- Develop a tentative schedule before meeting with an advisor.
- Ask for clarification on issues pertaining to scheduling, degree requirements, course selection, academic policies, or anything else that may impact academic progress.
- Review a DARS Report outlining progress toward the degree at each advising appointment.
- Keep track of progress toward the degree and review records with the advisor. Advisors assist students with this process, but it is the students’ responsibility to make sure that all degree requirements are met.
- Be aware of Change of Course Schedule (Drop/Add) rules and rules on Withdrawal from classes.
- Stay informed of rules governing satisfactory academic progress for financial aid, which may be found in the Financial Aid section of the catalog. Do not drop courses or withdraw without considering these rules and consulting a financial aid advisor if receiving financial aid.
- Remember that advisors provide students with understanding and clarification of the options available, but students make their own decisions.
- Make the best possible decisions by consulting the catalog, a DARS Report, and an advisor prior to course selection, registration, and enrollment.
Students should consult their college section of the catalog for specific information on academic advising through the college or department.
The Richard J. Daley Library contains, books, journals, and specialized materials in the humanities, arts, social sciences, mathematics, sciences, and engineering. Users may obtain assistance at the following service points in the building: Circulation, Reference, Map Section, Microforms, Reserve/Media, and Special Collections. Reference help also is available through chat, texting, email, and phone. During fall and spring semesters, the library building is open until 1:00 a.m. Sundays–Thursdays. The IDEA Commons, an active learning space on the first floor, is open 24/5 (from 1:00 p.m. on Sunday through 7:00 p.m. on Friday). During the last week of instruction and finals week, the entire building is open 24 hours. Hours are posted in all facilities and on the Library's website.
In addition to the general collections in open stacks, there are a number of specialized collections available to users: manuscript materials in Special Collections; films in video and DVD formats; federal, state and municipal government documents; maps, including U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Army maps.
Readings required for some courses are available at the Reserve Reading Desk. Many assigned readings are available in electronic format, and users can access them through the Library's online catalog.
The Library subscribes to most journals in electronic format, and many databases, books, and other resources are available online to students working at any computer on campus or at home.
Computers in the library have software provided by the campus computer center including Microsoft Office and other production programs, so users can do research and write papers or presentations in the library.
The Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) contains collections supporting teaching, research, and clinical programs in applied health sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. LHS maintains a 24-hour schedule during finals week.
Client Services Office
2267 Science and Engineering Laboratories (SEL)
Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) supports the educational and research needs of the UIC community by providing a variety of computing and communications resources. All registered students, regardless of their course of study, have ready access to a Google Apps for Education account (which includes email, calendar, documents, websites, chat, and much more), the Internet, public microcomputers, and, if they need them, accounts on Unix servers. Students may use the ACCC facilities for email, writing papers, online research, collaborating, resumes, publishing personal web pages, or just learning more about computers and computing in general. For students living in the UIC residence halls, the ACCC provides telephone service and Internet connections. The ACCC has extensive documentation, including information on the ACCC’s free seminars and other information sources, on the ACCC web pages at http://www.accc.uic.edu.
Your UIC Google Applications for Education account will give you unified mail, calendar, and collaboration; online document editing and storage; and websites, chat, and more. GoogleApps@UIC is convenient and easy to use; students may find that GoogleApps@UIC provides all the services that they need. Access to your GoogleApps@UIC account is at http://gportal.uic.edu.
The ACCC’s UIC-WiFi network is now in all residence halls and most buildings on campus. Bring your own laptop to campus and use it with UIC-WiFi or go to an ACCC public microcomputer lab and use an ACCC personal computer. Public microcomputer laboratories are available throughout the campus, including locations in:
- Art and Architecture (AA)—845 West Harrison Street, Rooms B120 and 2312
- Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB)—1007 West Harrison Street, Rooms B001 and 4133
- Benjamin Goldberg Research Center (BGRC)—1940 West Taylor Street, Room 105
- Education, Performing Arts & Social Work (EPASW)—1040 West Harrison Street, Room L270
- Grant Hall (GH)—703 South Morgan Street, Rooms 304 and 306
- James J. Stukel Towers (JJST) (Residents Only)—718 West Rochford Street, Room 214
- Marie Robinson Hall (MRH) (Residents Only)—811 West Maxwell Street, Room 156
- Richard J. Daley Library (LIB)—801 South Morgan Street, Room 1-270
- School of Public Health and Psychiatric Institute (SPHPI)—1601 West Taylor Street, Room B34
- Science and Engineering Laboratories East (SELE)—950 South Halsted Street, Rooms 2265, 2263, 2249, 2249F, and 2058
- Science and Engineering Offices (SEO)—851 South Morgan, Rooms 1200 and 430
- Science and Engineering South (SES)– 645 West Taylor Street, Rooms 201, 205B, and 205C
- Student Center East (SCE)—701 South Halsted Street, Rooms 401 and 408
- Student Residence Commons (SRC)—700 South Halsted Street, Room 2027
- Student Residence Hall (SRH) (Residents Only)—818 South Wolcott Street, Room 209
- Thomas Beckham Hall (TBH) (Residents Only)—1250 South Halsted Street, Rooms 181 and 183
All the ACCC labs are connected to the Internet and all the computers in the labs have a wide variety of software, including word processors, spreadsheets, database management, graphics and CAD, statistical packages, programming languages, web publishing, web browsers, and remote login and file transfer software. All the labs have convenient printers, but it is easy to print your job elsewhere if you wish. Most of the public labs have wheelchair-accessible desks. Labs located in the two main ACCC facilities (SELE and BGRC) are open 24 hours. Students wishing to use these 24-hour facilities should have their university i-Card authorized for after hours building entry; stop by the Client Services Office to apply. See “Public Labs-Hours and Locations” on the web at http://pclabs.accc.uic.edu for lab location, open hours, and current status.
No monetary charge is made for access to, or the use of, the ACCC public facilities, except for Res-Net Internet connections and telephones in the student residence halls as explained below. However, a quota does apply to the use of ACCC printing services. Printing is free until the allowed quota is reached, after which a small charge per output page will apply. Charges are also made for the purchase of some of the software packages that the ACCC distributes under University site-license agreements at the University of Illinois online software Webstore, http://webstore.illinois.edu.
The ACCC also offers a wide array of services of additional services, including class schedules, phonebook listings, specialized bulletin boards, and news services. The ACCC 64-compute node Beowulf cluster, argo, provides an environment for faculty and faculty-sponsored students to run computationally intensive programs. The ACCC’s high-speed UIC campus-wide computer communications network ties servers, personal computers, local area networks (LANs), and distributed printers to each other, to the ACCC’s servers, and to other computer systems and networks at UIC and on the Internet. The UIC campus network includes UIC-WiFi, a wireless network located in the public areas of the campus and in all the campus residence halls. The ACCC distributed printing system is also generally accessible 24 hours daily. The ACCC Networking web page has more information, http://networking.accc.uic.edu.
To promote campus communication, students at UIC are required to receive e-mail at their UIC electronic mail address. GoogleApps@UIC is the primary campus email service. You may use your GoogleApps@UIC account for your UIC email or you may choose to forward your UIC email to an existing outside email address: either by entering that address when you active your netid, http://activatenetid.accc.uic.edu, or at any other time using the email forwarding web link on the ACCC email web page, http://email.accc.uic.edu. The ACCC email web page also has more information on email at UIC.
The ACCC’s Instructional Technology Lab (ITL) runs a number of instructional servers often used in classes, including UIC Blackboard. The class instructors provide student support on the use of these systems. The ITL also presents a wide variety of free seminars and workshops. For more information, see the ACCC Education web page.
For a small fee, students who live in the campus resident halls may obtain personal Res-Net high-speed Internet connections, wired or wireless, as well as access to the same software available in the public computing labs to use in their room. The ACCC distributed printing system is also generally accessible 24 hours daily. The ACCC also provides students in the residence halls with telephone access. The ACCC’s new Softphone system gives you a personal telephone number that does not change even if you change rooms. Softphone calls can be forwarded to ring on any other telephone and Softphone voicemail can be forwarded your UIC email account. For phone calls to off-campus locations, you will need a Resphone account. Visit http://telecomm.accc.uic.edu/student/basic/shtml for an overview of these two systems. Be sure to use the Resphone web page http://accc.uic.edu/service/resphone to select a password before you make off-campus direct-dialed metropolitan, long distance, and international calls.
To get started, students should go the ACCC Accounts page, http://accounts.accc.uic.edu, to activate their UIC netid, select an ACCC common password, and open their GoogleApps@UIC account. A UIC netid and an ACCC password are required to access many UIC and U of Illinois online and Web services and information sources. For example, UIC netid and an ACCC common password are required to use your GoogleApps@UIC account, to obtain an EnterpriseID (which is required to register), to use the public computing labs, to print in the labs, and to log in to Res-Net in the residence halls. The student’s University Identification Number, UIN, either from the i-card or from the UIC admissions letter (listed as the Applicant ID), Social Security Number, and birthday are required to activate your netid.
The UIC Summer Session Office works to provide both current UIC and visiting students with timely information about the UIC summer sessions. Enrolling in summer courses is a good way for students to catch up or get ahead in their academic studies or manage a heavy course load during the fall or spring. UIC offers students two summer sessions, Summer Session 1 (4-week session) followed by Summer Session 2 (8-week session). Students can enroll in courses in one or a combination of both. Although the summer sessions are shorter in length, all courses offered in the summer are worth the same number of credit hours as the same courses in the fall or spring. UIC students interested in taking advantage of summer session courses should discuss their plans with their college advisor.
Continuing UIC Students and Summer Session
Continuing UIC students register for summer in the same way as they do for fall or spring. In the spring, all eligible, continuing UIC students will be notified as to when they can view their Time Ticket online for summer and fall registration. The Time Ticket shows the earliest date and time that a student may register. Students in certain health sciences professional colleges may receive separate information from their colleges. As a general rule, undergraduate students may take up to 12 semester hours over the summer without special approval—either as a combination of courses taken in the 4-week and 8-week sessions, or just courses taken in the 8-week session.
Visiting Students and Summer Session
Visiting students who want to take undergraduate courses at UIC during the summer only and who do not intend to continue at UIC in the fall should first apply using the Summer Session Only application. Please see the Summer Session Web site for further information on admission criteria and the application process. Once the Summer Session Only application has been processed and approved, admitted students will be sent a Notice of Admission letter. Summer Session Only students are admitted as nondegree students and are eligible to register for summer classes. Summer Session Only students may register online during Open Registration for summer, (check the Summer Session website for exact dates). As a general rule, Summer Session Only students may take up to 12 semester hours without special approval—either as a combination of courses taken in the 4-week and 8-week sessions, or just courses taken in the 8-week session.
Office of Special Scholarship Programs
2506 University Hall (UH)
The Office of Special Scholarship Programs (OSSP) assists students with searching and applying for scholarships. Through the services OSSP provides, including a website, listserv, scholarship information sessions, and one-on-one advising, students gain the tools necessary to find awards in order to supplement their studies, pursue research in their field, explore cocurricular activities, and enhance their professional development.
With the help of OSSP, UIC students learn to present themselves clearly and effectively for awards that best suit their needs, including nationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships. The staff provides mentoring, interview preparation, and assistance throughout the scholarship process.
Each year, UIC students compete for and win some of the most prestigious scholarships and fellowships awarded nationally. Awards that UIC students have won include the Rhodes Scholarship, the Fulbright Fellowship, the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, the Gilman Scholarship, and the NSEP Boren Scholarship, among others. A complete listing of UIC scholarship winners appears on OSSP’s website.
In addition to the scholarship advising services OSSP provides, the office also houses the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) Initiative and the Scholarship Association for UIC. The Office of Special Scholarship Programs is housed within UIC's Honors College.
Study Abroad Office
502 University Hall (UH)
The UIC Study Abroad Office is committed to making overseas study an integral part of the undergraduate educational experience to better prepare students to meet the challenges and opportunities of a global society.
Students may participate in a summer, semester, or year-long academic experience by selecting from more than 300 programs in over 60 countries on 6 continents across all academic disciplines. UIC offers access to programs in a variety of subjects, from foreign languages, social sciences, and humanities to business, natural science, and engineering. Most institutional and federal financial aid can be applied to study abroad. In addition, there are generous scholarship funds to support international study.
With the assistance of a Study Abroad advisor, students are encouraged to choose a program that will enhance their academic, personal, and professional growth. The Study Abroad Office offers only international programs that award academic credit and monitors program selections to ensure that offerings meet the academic standards of the campus. All credit earned abroad is considered UIC resident credit and appears on the student's UIC transcript. There is a large portfolio of programs that offer undergraduate research credits for 3-6 credits. Many programs also include a credit-bearing internship component, giving students an opportunity to gain valuable practical experience working in an international environment.
Unit Admissions Officer’s contact info:
Air Force ROTC Detachment 195
10 West 31st Street, Suite 208
Chicago, IL 60616
Full-time students who desire to earn, upon graduation, a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, should consider joining the Air Force ROTC program. Through a crosstown agreement with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, UIC students enroll in Air Force ROTC courses at the IIT main campus. The Department of Aerospace Studies is located on the 2nd floor of the Stuart Building, on the corner of 31st Street and State Street, in Chicago.
Qualified applicants may compete for either full-tuition Illinois state scholarships or federal scholarships that pay full or partial tuition and fees, all textbook costs, and monthly subsistence allowance. Students should contact the Unit Admissions Officer to determine eligibilty for competitive or noncompetitive scholarships to help pay tuition while participating in Air Force ROTC.
Students who join Air Force ROTC will hold the rank of “cadet.” During the fall and spring semesters, all cadets attend the leadership laboratory at IIT on Thursday afternoons. As a freshman or sophomore cadet, students will also attend Thursday afternoon AFROTC classes following leadership lab. Junior and senior cadets attend Air Force ROTC classes on Tuesday afternoons. All UIC cadets must attend 2 Physical Training (PT) sessions per week at UIC with their fellow cadets.
The four-year program consists of a four-semester General Military Course (GMC) and a four-semester Professional Officer Course (POC). Cadets normally start this program in their freshman year, but may start as sophomores by enrolling in the AS 100 and AS 200 courses. A student who is not on an AFROTC scholarship may withdraw from the GMC at any time. Students must complete an AFROTC paid four-week field training encampment at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, before being awarded POC status. This requirement is normally completed the summer between the sophomore year and junior year. The major areas of study during field training include junior officer training, career orientation, survival training, base functions, and the Air Force environment.
Contact the Unit Admissions Officer at the number above for more information.
University of Illinois at Chicago
Basement, Roosevelt Road Building (RRB)
728 West Roosevelt Road
(312) 413-2356, (312) 413-2352, or (312) 355-0894
MAJ Peter Farrell, Professor of Military Science
Mr. Brian Klatt, Enrollment Officer
CPT John Foster, Training Officer
The principal objective of the college-level Army ROTC program is to train students in leadership and commission the future officer leaders of the United States Army. The program is specifically designed to offer individuals the training necessary to develop leadership skills to prepare for effective service in the Army and in civilian careers. Another objective is to educate college students as to the science of military service and the responsibilities of an all-volunteer military force.
ROTC basic courses are available to all students as an elective. Requirements for enrollment in the Advanced Course and to pursue a commission as an Army officer are as follows:
- United States citizenship (legal residents may enroll in the Advanced Course, but must obtain citizenship prior to commissioning).
- Full-time student in good academic standing.
- Medically qualified for commissioning.
- Physically fit enough to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test and Water Survival Test.
A student entering the University with successful completion of military training in high school at an accredited Junior ROTC program is entitled, upon enrollment, to higher placement as determined by the professor of military science. Instruction is offered through four-year and two-year programs. The four-year program consists of the Basic Course (first two years) and the Advanced Course (last two years). The two-year program consists of the Advanced Course and prior attendance at the fully-funded Leadership Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox, KY or prior military service. Both programs include attendance at the fully-funded Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis, WA, between the junior and senior years. Cadets are issued, at no cost, uniforms and equipment necessary for the ROTC program.
The Basic Course, designed for freshman and sophomore level students, is an introduction to ROTC, covers leadership training and carries no military obligation. It is a prerequisite to enrollment in the Advanced Course, but it can be waived for prior service military members or for students who have attended the Leadership Training Course after their sophomore year. Students may participate in the ROTC basic course for two years without a commitment.
All cadets who receive credit for the Basic Course meet the physical and academic requirements and pass the physical examination are eligible for selection by the professor of military science for the Advanced Course. A cadet selected to enroll in the Advanced Course must have at least two years of full-time study remaining. A stipend allowance starting at $450 per month is paid to each cadet in the Advanced Course during the school year. After their junior year, cadets attend summer camp, the five-week Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, WA, and receive leadership evaluations. The Army pays for travel to and from camp, meals, housing, medical care, uniforms, and all required equipment. Cadets who enroll in the Advanced Course may also join or maintain membership in the United States Army Reserve or Army National Guard as officer trainees. These individuals will receive both the ROTC stipend allowance and drill pay. Upon successful completion of the Advanced Course and a bachelor’s degree program, cadets receive a commission as Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army, the United States Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard.
Financial Assistance and Scholarships
The ROTC Program offers financial assistance to qualified students in the form of tuition waivers, two-, three-, and four-year Army ROTC Scholarships, the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Scholarship, and the State of Illinois ROTC Scholarship Program. A $300 to $500 monthly stipend allowance is paid to all contracted cadets, depending upon their military science class.
Through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Program, young men and women prepare for rewarding careers as officers in the United States Navy or the United States Marine Corps. Graduates of the program have served as submarine and surface warfare officers, nuclear reactor design engineers, fighter pilots, special forces, and some have even gone on to be astronauts.
Scholarship program students are selected either by nationwide competition or from college program students (see below) recommended by the professor of naval science. For a period normally not exceeding four years, the Navy pays for all tuition, books, and fees, and provides an allowance of $250 to $400 per month. Graduates of the scholarship program receive a commission as Ensign, U.S. Navy, or Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps. Scholarship program students are presently required to serve a minimum of five years on active duty.
College Program students are nonscholarship students that participate in all school-year naval science classes and activities. They compete nationally for 2- and 3-year NROTC scholarships. For UIC students, ten Illinois State ROTC Scholarship tuition waivers are available for College Program students per each incoming class. If an NROTC scholarship is not earned by their junior year, students can apply to continue in the NROTC program with “advanced standing.” These selected students receive a monthly allowance of $350 as juniors and $400 as seniors. College Program graduates receive commissions as Ensign, U.S. Navy, or Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps.
During the summer months, students are assigned to naval ships and stations where their education as future naval officers is enhanced by on-the-job training. Scholarship NROTC students attend summer training each year; College Program students attend during the summer preceding their last academic year.
The naval science courses consist of both a lecture and laboratory period. The lecture and laboratory periods are held at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Lecture days will vary depending on the course. The laboratory period is held each Thursday afternoon.
Students planning to enter the NROTC program in the fall semester are expected to attend a weeklong orientation program in August, designed to acquaint them with the program and with U.S. naval tradition. Students interested in attending this program should contact the NROTC office before July 1. For further information on NROTC, call the Department of Naval Science, (312) 567-3530 or visit the office at Illinois Institute of Technology, Room 215 Stuart Building, on the northwest corner of 31st and State Streets, Chicago, Illinois.
2900 Student Services Building (SSB)
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) helps UIC students achieve their academic goals by strengthening their study strategies and academic skills. As an academic support and retention unit at UIC, ACE offers the following services:
- Courses in vocabulary, study strategies, English as a second language (ESL), writing, and critical reading and thinking (listed as ASP courses in the Schedule of Classes)
- Workshops on specific study strategies, e.g. time management, memory, test-taking, and anxiety reduction
- Workshop series for students experiencing academic challenges and students exploring options for graduate school
- Academic advising/coaching that focuses on long-term planning
- Study tips and resources on the ACE website
- Specifically targeted courses, workshops, and individualized support for students entering the health professions
ACE offers assistance to UIC students at all levels, from first year through graduate or professional school.
In addition to providing direct service to students, ACE acts as a resource to faculty, academic staff, and tutors. ACE professionals offer on-site workshops to colleges, programs, and student organizations and contribute their expertise for individual courses. ACE staff members provide training for tutors and peer study leaders and lead faculty development workshops.
2800 Student Services Building (SSB)
The African American Academic Network (AAAN) is a unique support program that assists UIC’s African American student population from admissions through graduation. Its mission is to supplement recruitment and increase retention and graduation rates of African American students. In keeping with that focus, AAAN is also committed to establishing an inclusive and supportive campus environment. AAAN sponsors academic, social, and cultural activities to encourage student engagement. AAAN provides comprehensive services in the following areas:
- Recruitment and admission counseling
- Academic advising
- Personal growth and development
- Peer review groups
AAAN’s programs and services are designed to meet the academic, cultural, social, and motivational needs of African American students. Whether individually, in small groups, or large formal settings, AAAN encourages students to bond with UIC by providing a supportive environment that helps them remain here through graduation.
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2080 Student Services Building
C - Counseling
H - Help and
A - Assistance
N - Necessary for a 21st Century
C - College
E - Education
The CHANCE Program (TCP) is designed to recruit and retain academically qualified underrepresented candidates in need of enrichment and learning skills, from Chicago and Suburban communities, for admission to UIC, and to facilitate access to the necessary academic activities and professional services that will enable them to persist and graduate as well-prepared professionals for the 21st century.
TCP provides customized services to students (both at the high school and college level) in the areas of:
- Motivation and Coping Strategies
- Academic Counseling
- Probation Outreach
- Career Development
- Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
- Access to Professional Workshops
- Seminars and Conferences
- Health and Wellness
- Professional Tutoring
- Distance Learning
The CHANCE Program is designed to provide supplemental academic instruction to UIC students in a non-traditional method via distance learning, face-to-face, and web-based instruction. TCP provides these services to our students (24/7). TCP works independently and collaboratively with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), and selected Community-Based Partners. TCP also works both independently and collaboratively with other UIC departments to support the successful academic and cultural transition that takes place from high school to college life.
308 Grant Hall: Language Oasis—Lounge and study area for students, foreign language television, foreign language conversation clubs, film screenings, and cultural events: http://oasis.lclc.uic.edu
301 Grant Hall (GH): Faculty Resource Center—Support for foreign language instructors to develop and integrate multimedia and online technologies in their teaching.
ACCC Open Computer Lab, 306 Grant Hall—Software and technology specific for language learning. Students can check out laptops, headsets, digital voice recorders, camcorders, tripods, portable DVD players.
Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program
2640 Student Services Building (SSB)
(312) 996-3356 or (312) 996-6073
The Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) program has been in existence since 1975. Since then, the program has grown to become the premier Latino academic support program in Illinois and the largest academic support unit on the UIC campus. In addition to assisting in the recruitment of Latino students and providing academic support services to increase their chances for success, LARES strives to empower students by providing personal growth and educational opportunities designed to prepare leaders who will make individual and collective contributions toward the cultural and social advancement of the Latino community.
Services offered by LARES’ bilingual/bicultural staff include:
- Recruitment at targeted high schools, neighborhood agencies, and community colleges
- Academic, career, and financial aid counseling
- Orientation for beginning freshmen, transfer students, and their families
- College success workshops
- Career workshops
- A Summer Transition and Enrichment Program
- Graduate and scholarship application sessions
- Special opportunities and internships
Additional resources are offered through the following initiatives:
- A comprehensive peer tutoring program in conjunction with the Confederation of Latin American Students (CLAS)
- Mathematics and reading and writing courses offered through the Academic Skills Program (ASP)
- LARES’ Cesar Chavez Study Center equipped with a computer lab, quiet study space, and private study room that can be reserved by students. The Study Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 4:45 on Fridays.
- An extended hour schedule that operates during midterms and the week of final examinations
The Mathematical Sciences Learning Center provides support to UIC students studying mathematics at any level of the curriculum. The center is staffed by undergraduate peer tutors and by graduate students throughout the day. Help is provided on a walk-in basis by organizing students into impromptu small-group sessions working on a particular course. All UIC students are welcome to drop by the center and work on their math homework.
The center is equipped with comfortable seating, excellent blackboards, a wireless network, and offers laptop computers for checkout and use in the center.
Undergraduates interested in working in the center should consult the web page for current opportunities.
The goal of the Native American Support Program is to maintain the enrollment of Native American students at UIC. To realize this goal, NASP concentrates on the retention and graduation of Native American students.
The program offers students the following services:
- Provides academic, career, and financial
- Serves as a liaison to the Chicago American Indian community
- Sponsors the Native American Student Organization
- Works closely with various Tribal Nations regarding scholarships
Furthermore, the program sponsors the annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, a cultural event inviting the general public and UIC community to experience and celebrate Native American culture and heritage.
Science Learning Center
201 Science and Engineering South (SES)
The Science Learning Center (SLC) is a place in which all levels of expertise meet and exchange ideas. The SLC is a great place to meet up with classmates, seek help from teaching assistants, or join a peer-lead study group. Students can obtain tutoring in many science courses from graduate teaching assistants who keep regular office hours each week. Students may also find their teacher in the center as many of them use the open, friendly spaces available in the center for their office hours.
The Science Learning Center is also home to peer-led study groups for many science courses. The peer-leaders are students who have recently excelled in a particular course, and have expressed an interest in helping others. Peer-leaders guide their students toward development of sound study skills by encouraging them to work together to solve problems. The goal of the peer-led study groups is to assist students to develop individual study strategies tailored to the demands of a specific discipline.
The goals of the center include both the here-and-now need for tutoring as well as the vision of exposing students to the interdisciplinary nature of science. There are nine computers, two email stations, and several smaller spaces designed for personal computer use. The Science Learning Center is wireless and the space incorporates two computer classrooms (205B and 205C) as well. It is open Mon-Thurs from 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
TRIO/Educational Opportunity Outreach Programs
2720 Student Services Building (SSB)
The TRIO Programs consist of a pre-college program (Upward Bound) and a college program (Student Support Services/Academic Support Program). Upward Bound is designed to identify students with academic potential who need information and support to complete high school and advance to, and graduate from college. The Student Support program (SSS) provides academic, cultural, and personal support to enhance students’ chances of success as they progress from entrance to graduation from college. SSS also provides a summer bridge program for first-time freshmen entering the University and its program in the fall. Participants must be first-generation college students, low-income students, and/or students with disabilities. The programs serve students without regard to ethnicity.
African American Academic Network (AAAN)
See African American Academic Network entry earlier in this section for information.
College of Applied Health Sciences
Tutoring in KN 251/252 is available to any registered student. All other tutoring services are for AHS students.Academic Support & Advising Program: Call 996-9377, or visit 356 PEB, 901 West Roosevelt Road. Check the website for more information http://www.ahs.uic.edu or email Dr. Sandra Strome email@example.com.
College of Business Administration
Check website, call (312) 996-2700, or go to 1118 University Hall (UH) for information.
Confederation of Latin American Students (CLAS)
Check website, call 355-5185, go to 476 Student Center East (SCE), or see the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program entry earlier in this section for information. http://www.lares.uic.edu/tutoring.php
Honors College Tutoring
Check website, call (312) 413-2260, or go to 220 Burnham Hall (BH) for information.
Learning Resource Centers (Campus Housing)
East Campus: 996-2971, lower level of Commons N & S Residence Hall
West Campus: 355-6326, second floor of SRH
Mathematical Sciences Learning Center
See Mathematical Sciences Learning Center entry earlier in this section of the catalog.
Science Learning Center
See Science Learning Center entry earlier in this section of the catalog for information.
See Writing Center entry later in this section of the catalog for information.
Undergraduate Success Center
2180 Student Services Building (SSB)
( 312) 996-3102
The Undergraduate Success Center provides supportive, holistic advising guiding students in the development of their academic, career, and life goals with a focus on first-year students. The USC partners with advisors, professors, counselors, and staff across campus to help students progress and achieve to their highest potential. In essence, we become an advising and “one-stop” referral resource for students who need help.
All of these activities are meant to complement academic advising and other services already being provided by colleges and support services; in so doing, the Undergraduate Success Center becomes a resource for not only the student, but also the college and major advisors, and support service counselors.
Services at the USC include:
- Comprehensive, individualized advising and planning ensuring effective progress
- Creation of action plans with deadlines and accountability tailored to each student advisee
- Referrals to resources on campus based upon each student's individualized needs
- Exploration of engagement opportunities such as study abroad, student organizations, etc
- Specialized assistance for students who are undeclared and exploring majors/careers
Additional resources are offered through the following initiatives:
- A Peer Mentor program that provides students with the opportunity to have a dedicated advanced UIC student to assist them with transitioning to UIC
- A Faculty/Student Mentoring program giving students a connection to faculty who will mentor
- Workshops providing guidance in specific areas to help first year students succeed in college
- An extended hour schedule Monday through Thursday for students to see advisors in the evenings
2190 Student Services Building (SSB)
College of Applied Health Sciences
851 Applied Health Sciences Building (AHSB)
College of Dentistry
104 College of Dentistry (DENT)
College of Medicine
145 College of Medicine West (CMW)
College of Nursing
754 College of Nursing (NURS)
College of Pharmacy
176 College of Pharmacy (PHARM)
603 University Hall (UH)
School of Public Health
152 School of Public Health and Psychiatric Institute (SPHPI)
Early Outreach Program
320 Taylor Street Building (TSB)
The mission of the Urban Health Program is to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, specifically African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, into the health professions. The UHP seeks to expand educational and research opportunities for these populations, at all academic levels (including pre-college students), in order to develop underrepresented racial/ethnic minority healthcare professionals, faculty, and researchers with the goals of eliminating health disparities and advancing health equity. To fulfill its mission, the Urban Health Program provides the following services:
- Comprehensive orientation to the health professions programs and to the UIC campus
- Academic enrichment and career exploration opportunities for students as early as kindergarten
- Conferences and seminars to expose students from junior high school through graduate and professional school to health careers and to important issues facing health professionals
- Application and enrollment assistance
- Individualized counseling, academic support, and mentoring
- Links to UIC student support networks
- Career planning and course selection
- Networking opportunities among students, faculty, staff, community leaders, and healthcare professionals
- Connections to outside organizations and practicing health professionals that often lead to scholarships, internships, field experiences, and mentoring relationships
- Access to the UHP Resource Center and information and referrals service for students
Since its establishment by Illinois legislative mandate in 1978, the Urban Health Program has played a direct role in the graduation of more than 5,000 Black, Latino and Native American students from the health professions colleges at UIC. Because of the Urban Health Program’s efforts, UIC recruits and graduates more healthcare professionals of traditionally underserved heritage than any other college or university in the country. Partnering with elementary schools, high schools, student support programs, and other colleges and universities across Illinois, UHP is one of the only programs of its kind that works with students across the entire spectrum of healthcare professions, and at all points along the education pipeline.
105 Grant Hall (GH)
At the Writing Center, students work collaboratively with peer tutors to become better writers. The Writing Center helps all students at any level work on all types of writing—academic, personal, or creative. Individual conferences are scheduled on the hour and students can make up to two appointments per week. Students are advised to call for an appointment in advance, though drop-ins will be accommodated when tutors are available. Students are also advised to visit regularly, as significant changes in writing take time. The Writing Center is open for tutoring during most business hours Monday through Friday, from the third week of the semester through Wednesday noon of finals week.
Tutors at the Writing Center are students from all majors who have earned higher grades in previous writing courses and have a continued interest in learning about writing and helping others. All new tutors are required to take one of the Writing Center’s advanced writing and tutoring courses, English 222 or 482. The Writing Center has several paid staff positions for tutors who have excelled in English 222 or 482.
Faculty and instructors are also welcome to use the Writing Center as a resource for workshops, course development, and collaboration with other faculty.
The UIC Writing Center strives to create a diverse community of learning, which operates in the spirit of participatory democracy, collaboration, intellectual freedom, and mutual respect. Through education, research, and public service, the Writing Center complements the mission envisioned by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Students may contact the Director, Vainis Aleksa, via email firstname.lastname@example.org.