The largest university in one of the world’s most vibrant cities

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an acclaimed research institution with 16 colleges dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge.

Unleash your potential

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For undergraduate students, UIC offers:

  • 86 bachelor’s programs to explore your interests and find the right program.
  • A low student-to-teacher ratio with 1 faculty member to every 18 students.
  • Top-tier faculty and dedicated staff to help you prepare for a fulfilling career.

You belong at UIC

As one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse universities in the country, UIC’s welcoming environment gives you the chance to study, work and grow with classmates who will broaden your perspectives and worldview.

UIC’s mission

UIC provides the broadest access to the highest levels of intellectual excellence. UIC’s mission is:

  • To create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.
  • To provide a wide range of students with the educational opportunity only a leading research university can offer.
  • To address the challenges and opportunities facing not only Chicago but all Great Cities of the 21st century, as expressed by our Great Cities Commitment.
  • To foster scholarship and practices that reflect and respond to the increasing diversity of the U.S. in a rapidly globalizing world.
  • To train professionals in a wide range of public service disciplines, serving Illinois as the principal educator of health science professionals and as a major healthcare provider to underserved communities.

Key facts

Location Chicago, IL
Regional campuses Peoria: Medicine | Nursing

Quad Cities: Nursing

Rockford: Medicine | Nursing | Pharmacy

Springfield: Nursing

Urbana: Nursing

Founded UIC was formed in 1982 by the consolidation of two U. of I. campuses: the Medical Center campus, which dates back to the 19th century and the comprehensive Chicago Circle campus which replaced, in 1965, the two-year undergraduate Navy Pier campus that opened in 1946 to educate returning veterans. More history of UIC
Status Public Research University
Budget $3.4 billion (FY 2020) | More budget information
Research $337 million (FY 2018)
More on research at UIC
Tuition and Fees 2019-20
full-time undergraduate
$7,435-$9,570 per semester in-state
$14,281 to $16,416 out-of-state
Complete tuition and fee rates
Enrollment Fall 2020 21,921 undergraduates
7,442 graduate students
4,155 professional students
33,518 total
More about enrollment
Degree programs Fall 2020 Bachelor’s 86
Master’s 111
Doctoral 66
Certificates 66
Full-time equivalent employees (2018) Faculty: 2,817
Academic Professionals and Civil Service: 6,021
More about faculty and staff
Faculty 88 percent of full-time faculty hold a PhD or equivalent degree, and 76 percent of tenured faculty teach undergraduate courses
Team Name Flames
Conference Horizon League
School Colors Red and Blue
School Mascot Sparky

Institutional Accreditation

The University of Illinois at Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States.

UIC is committed to diversity

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UIC is among the top five most diverse campuses in the nation and a national leader among urban, public higher education institutions in providing access to underrepresented students. UIC is focused on eliminating disparities in health, education and economic opportunity. Community engagement is a centerpiece of UIC’s urban mission. Faculty, students and staff in every college work with neighborhood, foundation and government partners on a wide range of projects to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.

UIC is focused on accessibility

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UIC is committed to increasing access to education, employment, programs and services for all and maintaining a barrier-free environment for individuals with disabilities.

UIC’s Disability Resource Center facilitates access for students through consultation with faculty and departmental staff and strives to provide all needed accommodations. Accessible workstations and assistive technology are available on campus through the Academic Computing and Communications Center and the UIC LibraryAccessible transportation is also provided.

UIC is pledged to sustainability

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As a charter signatory to the integrated climate commitment, UIC has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 40% from 2004 levels by 2030 — and to be carbon-neutral by 2050. Further goals are to become a zero-waste, net-zero-water campus, and a biodiverse campus.

UIC becomes greener every year — through plantings that have led to its designation as a Tree Campus USA each year since 2011 as well as its commitment to LEED-certified buildings, recycling, active transportation and public transit. Bike-sharing stations are conveniently placed throughout the campus, which itself is located near three rail stations.

Sustainability is also incorporated in UIC’s education and research missions. The Office of Sustainability offers students internships and serves as a clearinghouse for information on green jobs. Students can become an Eco-Educator, the office’s volunteer corps for promoting green practices.

UIC is known for

Being the largest university in the Chicago area, having more than 33,000 students enrolled in its 16 colleges.

In the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of colleges and universities, UIC ranked as the 129th best in the “national universities” category.

Drone shot of UI Health.

University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is UIC’s academic medical center and the state’s major public hospital. Located in the heart of the Illinois Medical District, UI Health includes a 462-bed hospital, Children’s Hospital University of Illinois, 21 outpatient clinics, and 11 Mile Square Health Centers located in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on clinical experience in a broad range of medical specialties by caring for UI Health’s diverse patient population and engaging in translational research that can help improve the lives of patients in Illinois and beyond.

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Great Cities Institute

The Great Cities Institute embodies UIC’s Great Cities Commitment to improve the quality of life in cities around the world. It unites faculty, students and staff throughout UIC to partner with government, business and community groups. As partners, they explore issues that affect all cities. Recent Great Cities projects have helped to reduce youth violence, revive a high school, and give voters a voice in their wards. In Great Cities forums, experts from Chicago and around the world share ideas and solve common problems.

Interior view of Hull-House exhibit room

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is the landmark home where Jane Addams lived and founded America’s most famous settlement house. Generations of immigrants went through the Hull House to adapt to life in America.

UIC preserved and rebuilt the Hull House dining hall and established the museum to preserve the legacy of Jane Addams. The house features exhibits while the dining hall frequently hosts events. All of the museum’s programs carry on Addams’s commitment to social reform, social justice and diversity.