University of Illinois Chicago

At UIC, there’s a lot to learn

The University of Illinois Chicago features 16 academic colleges, 94 bachelor’s, 102 master’s and 63 doctoral degree programs. That means plenty of opportunities to explore your interests.

Our faculty

Dr. Karrie Hamstra-Wright teaches a Kinesiology course

At UIC, you’ll learn from award-winning professors: American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows, Fulbright scholars and National Science Foundation Career Award winners.

With approximately 2,579 faculty members and a low 1-to-18 faculty-student ratio, UIC undergraduates have exceptional access to the scientists, artists, writers, clinicians, educators and innovators whose work shapes our world.

Arts and humanities

Alicia Meyer (CADA '20) and Josiah David (CADA '20) chat in their BFA studios in Art and Design Hall

UIC courses in the arts and humanities help students develop critical-thinking skills and a comprehensive world view.

The College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts is a diverse community of artists, architects, designers and performers. Humanities studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences —  including the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics — reflect the global identities of UIC and Chicago.

Academics - Innovation Center

Be innovative

The UIC Innovation Center is a place for collaboration, education and incubation that brings together industry, educators and students to find solutions to real-world problems. Students in the MAD Lab (Medical Accelerator for Devices) created a diagnostic tool for women’s health exams.

Basic and social sciences

Whether you want to view the world through an electron microscope or the perspective of an entire culture, UIC offers a broad range of programs in the basic and social sciences. UIC researchers study important issues like energy production and conservation and the cultures of lost Amazonian civilizations. Their work translates into classroom learning and student research opportunities.


College of Business presentation at Open House

UIC produces leaders for the global economy of the future. The College of Business Administration reinforces the core disciplines — accounting, finance, information and decision sciences, marketing and management — with solid, real-world experience.

For students whose career goals expand beyond one area of study, UIC offers joint degree options that combine business with medicine, public health, pharmacy, economics, nursing and management information systems.

College of Business Administration, CBA students in classroom and computer lab

See the futures

Today’s financial trading relies on high-speed software and instant access to real-time information from enormous volumes of data. In its market training lab, UIC’s International Center for Futures and Derivatives teaches students in an environment that simulates the trading room at a big investment firm.

Computing and engineering

Students at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory.

UIC is a place where ideas become reality and change the world for the better. Researchers at UIC are developing cleaner fuel options and studying practical applications for the 2D “wonder material” graphene and using AI to improve treatment recommendations for patients with cancer. If you’re interested in computer science — gaming, manipulation of big data, computers that understand natural language or visualization, securing healthcare data, the intersection of art and science — you’ll find it at UIC.

Break Through Tech Chicago

Break Through Tech Chicago, housed in UIC’s computer science department, closes the gender gap in the tech world by preparing more women (cis and trans) and nonbinary individuals with an undergraduate education in technical fields, especially computer science and data science.

Health sciences

UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford students

Together, UIC’s seven health sciences colleges and hospital system – called UI Health – provides opportunities for students to develop clinical skills, to engage in laboratory and community-based research initiatives, and to explore countless health related careers from medical care providers to data and policy experts to biomedical visualization artists. Ten pre-health programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences prepare students for future study in UIC health sciences programs and veterinary medicine.

For students whose goals expand beyond one area of study, UIC offers joint degrees that combine health care studies with other disciplines. The Medical Scientist Training Program is an MD/PhD program that prepares students to be physician-scientists, who can help combine laboratory, clinical sciences and interdisciplinary approaches to important biomedical problems. The Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering, a partnership between the College of Medicine and the College of Engineering, trains students for careers in biomaterials, neural engineering, biosensors, biomechanics, genetic engineering and bionanotechnology, to name a few.

Health care simulation

The Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute at the College of Medicine was one of the first standardized patient-based clinical performance assessment centers in the world. The Surgical Innovation and Training Laboratory trains students and residents in robotic surgery techniques. The Schwartz Experiential Learning & Simulation Laboratory is among the largest at any U.S. nursing school. Together, these simulation centers and others on campus facilitate more than 50,000 hours of hands-on learning in the health sciences.


Students outside of UIC John Marshal Law School

UIC is the home to Chicago’s only public law school. Through its varied juris doctor and graduate degree programs, UIC School of Law provides an education that combines the understanding of both the theory and the practice of law. Students seeking degrees from the school have the option to study many substantive areas of the law – from tax law and estate planning to sustainability and international human rights – and benefit from its many educational centers and nine community-based, pro bono legal clinics.

Social justice

Students lying in snow with #BlackLivesMatter flyers during "Die In" demonstration

UIC offers many courses focused on issues of equality, fairness and inclusion. A minor in social justice in gender and women’s studies explores ethical, social, historical and political questions facing Chicago and the world. Students and faculty are involved in social justice work, from public policy to arts projects, human rights to urban health disparities.


Opening Reception for our exhibit, "28,43", a photographic exhibition that poses questions on the similarities and differences of the death of Mike Brown and Police violence in the U.S. and the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa Mexico.


Social Justice Initiative

The UIC Social Justice Initiative links scholars and activists in Chicago and beyond through programs related to social justice, democracy and human rights. The campus-wide project builds critical thinking and research skills that make students effective change agents and socially conscious professionals.

Urban planning

The Blue Line pulls into to UIC-Halsted Sunday,

UIC educates city planners and administrators to evaluate needs, find solutions — then make them happen.

The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs offers undergraduate and degrees, including Chicago’s only accredited graduate program in urban planning.  Seven research centers in the college specialize in neighborhood development, economics, transportation, race and public policy, criminal justice and other issues.

Chicago Skyline  Photo: Fan Wang

Gentrification or not?

A gentrification index developed by UIC researchers measures neighborhood change in Chicago’s 77 community areas. It quantifies each area’s residents by ethnicity, age, education, income, occupation, home ownership and home values. Researchers found more neighborhoods declining than gentrifying, despite concerns that long-time residents are being priced out of some areas.