University of Illinois Chicago

Colleges & Schools

UIC educates leaders who change the world

University of Illinois Chicago programs span the arts, business, education, humanities, basic, social and health sciences, engineering and technology, social work, urban planning and public policy.

College of Applied Health Sciences

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The UIC College of Applied Health Sciences is internationally known for educating professionals who help people achieve or maintain the health and freedom to live the lives they choose for themselves.

The college has five departments: biomedical and health information sciences, disability and human development, kinesiology and nutrition, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Focus areas of research, scholarship and expertise include aging, biomechanics, health informatics, biomedical visualization and design, cardiovascular health, disability, exercise physiology, health disparities, health promotion, nutrition, obesity and diabetes, and rehabilitation.

College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts

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The UIC College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts educates and mentors the next generation of visual and performing artists, designers, architects, art historians and museum professionals.

The college has four schools: architecture, art and art history, design, and theatre and music. The faculty, internationally recognized in their fields, foster a transformative learning environment. The goal: to help students become critical thinkers, innovative practitioners, involved community members and leading professionals.

College of Business Administration

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UIC Business transforms student potential into career success, with the proven skills to become leaders in today’s global economy. Students connect to Chicago’s living classroom through project-based courses, case competitions and a full-service Business Career Center.

The college focuses on the core disciplines: accounting, finance, information management, marketing and management. Working professionals can study in flexible MBA programs and an online undergraduate completion program for transfer students.

College of Dentistry

The UIC College of Dentistry is changing the future of oral health through world-class education, patient care and research. The college offers a range of degree programs to prepare the next generation of oral health professionals for clinical and scientific career paths. These include the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), DMD Advanced Standing program, PhD and MS in oral sciences, and advanced dental specialty programs. The college also has a range of faculty specialists providing personal, world-class patient care. Students train and conduct research alongside faculty mentors through team-based learning, clinical simulation, and community-based rotations.

College of Education

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The UIC College of Education produces educators who make good on the promise of public education in Chicago and communities around the country. Its mission includes a focus on educating African American and Latino children, the majority of Chicago Public Schools students.

The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs to develop teachers, principals, researchers and community leaders. The goal: social change through education that fosters self-worth, self-confidence and self-advocacy.

College of Engineering

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The UIC College of Engineering educates engineers and computer scientists who are prepared to change the world through technology, innovation, and discovery. Our faculty members are expanding global knowledge in their fields, and our program includes extensive opportunities for students at all levels to conduct cutting-edge research.

UIC Engineering has hiring relationships with more than 400 companies, nonprofits, and government agencies and leverages those connections for the benefit of all students. Our goal is for each undergraduate student to complete at least two internships, which we support through our Guaranteed Paid Internship Program and a dedicated Engineering Career Center.

Graduate College

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The UIC Graduate College supports the research, scholarship and success of over 8,000 graduate students in 64 doctoral and 98 master’s degree programs. Working with the other UIC colleges, the Graduate College provides professional development opportunities for academic success and future careers. With programs like PASSAGE Scholars, the college follows UIC’s commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented students in graduate studies.

Honors College

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With faculty mentors and small class size, the UIC Honors College offers exceptional students many opportunities for advanced intellectual growth, leadership and community service. Students participate in undergraduate research, internships, study abroad and other activities. In their senior year, they complete an Honors Capstone project. A GPA of at least 3.4 is required for the Honors College.

School of Law

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UIC School of Law is Chicago’s only public law school. The school is recognized as a diverse, innovative institution, promoting excellence in all aspects of legal education. Students benefit from a combination of academic and practical instruction by full-time and practicing adjunct faculty. Students are also encouraged to gain legal experience by taking advantage of legal clinic opportunities, externships, practicum and professional education events, and by participating in more than 20 specific programs designed to prepare students for the bar examination.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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The UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the idea that a strong liberal arts and sciences education is the best foundation for a bright future.

By taking courses across a broad range of disciplines — including literature, biology, history, economics, foreign languages and more — students gain the critical skills to succeed in any field. The result: creative problem-solvers, effective communicators and strong leaders.

College of Medicine

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In Illinois, 1 in 3 doctors trained at UIC. At the College of Medicine, clinical experience begins in the first two years. The college, one of the nation’s largest and most diverse medical schools, consists of campuses in Chicago, Rockford, Peoria and Urbana that provide experience with urban and rural communities. Faculty and fellows at the college are on the forefront of new knowledge, including innovative discoveries in the fields of neuroscience, regenerative medicine, infectious disease, cancer, ophthalmology and genetics. The MD program prepares students for careers in medicine, research and teaching. Through joint degree programs, medical students can also earn a graduate degree in business, public health, or science.

College of Nursing

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The College of Nursing is one of the nation’s premier nursing schools, with graduate programs ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report and a research enterprise ranked in the top 10 for NIH funding among nursing schools. Roughly 1,500 students—admitted through a holistic review process that considers more than applicants’ past academic success—are enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs at our six Illinois campuses.

College of Pharmacy

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The UIC College of Pharmacy is a world-class, nationally ranked institution that is building the future of health care with the next generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Whether on the Chicago or Rockford campus, students receive the same great education from leading experts in their fields.

School of Public Health

The UIC School of Public Health is the only public health school in Illinois accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Dedicating to creating a healthy society, the school emphasizes real-world learning to make a difference in populations around the world.

Through partnerships with community groups and government agencies, students and faculty are involved in projects that include violence prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, water quality, maternal and child health, emergency and disaster preparedness, asthma education and health disparities.

Jane Addams College of Social Work

The UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work carries forward the mission of Jane Addams and the Hull-House movement, adapting social work to the needs and realities of today’s urban settings.

As a premier institution for graduate study, the college is a recognized leader in social work research, education and service. Faculty, staff and students share a commitment to social justice and a passion for making a difference in the world, working with communities, policymakers, agencies and individuals.

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

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The UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs has an international reputation for promoting just, resilient and livable communities — cities that work.  CUPPA is the University of Illinois System’s home for the study of public policy and contemporary urban challenges.

The college, its 8 research centers, and its two departments of Public Administration and Urban Planning and Policy with accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees, improve the quality of urban life through education, research and community engagement in transportation, housing, economic development, policy analysis, government finance and more. Students get hands-on experience in internships with hundreds of agencies and companies in the Chicago area.