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Common App Components | Early Action | Residency | Application Type
First Year | Transfer | Readmission | Second Bachelor's | Nondegree

Common Application components

Required to submit the Common Application Online

The following must be completed by all applicants using the Common Application before the submission process is complete:

After the application is submitted, First Year applicants must also submit an official high school transcript and official ACT or SAT scores. For full requirements, please see the First Year Admission Requirements.

Common Application Essay Prompts

A personal essay is required as part of the Common Application. Applicants must choose to respond to one of the five following prompts:

UIC’s Member Screen essays

UIC applicants will be asked to respond to a short essay regarding their program of choice or the career fields in which applicants are interested. Applicants to the Honors College or GPPA programs will also be prompted within UIC’s member screen to respond to an essay for each of those programs.

Common Application School Report

The Common Application School Report must be assigned as part of the Common Application submission process and should be turned in along with the high school transcripts. Counselors may opt-out of the recommendation section on the School Report without having an impact on the application review.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation from teachers are not required for regular First Year applications, but programs like the Honors College and GPPA require 2 letters of recommendation. The School Report may satisfy one of those letter requirements provided it includes a full letter. Recommenders must be assigned specifically to each school, so be sure to assign your recommenders to UIC in order for the letters to be delivered.

Common App Components | Early Action | Residency | Application Type
First Year | Transfer | Readmission | Second Bachelor's | Nondegree

Early Action - Fall 2015

The University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to introduce the Early Action deadline of November 1, 2014 for First Year students applying for the Fall 2015 term.

Early Action candidates will be reviewed and given a decision, or be notified of a deferral to the regular admission program by December 1, 2014. Please note that GPPA and Honors College notifications are not included in the Early Action program.

Those that do receive a favorable Early Action decision are under no obligation to attend UIC. The goal of the program is to reward our highly motivated and qualified applicants with an earlier decision than they would have received under our traditional timeline. It is also a way for incoming First Year students to make sure they receive the fullest consideration for scholarships and grants awarded by UIC.

All regular First Year applicants are eligible and there are only two steps required to qualify:

Choose Early Action at the time of application

Select the Early Action option in the "Preferred admission plan" question on UIC's Common Application Member's Page. Applicants will select the “Preferred admission plan” on the first page of the UIC’s Member questions, just after they choose the term for which they are applying.

Complete application by November 1, 2014

Submit the application and make sure all the supporting documents are received and processed prior to November 1, 2014. Only applications that are complete on November 1st will be eligible for Early Action.

Common App Components | Early Action | Residency | Application Type
First Year | Transfer | Readmission | Second Bachelor's | Nondegree

Residency

Residency on the Common Application

The residency choices on the Common Application include:

U.S. Permanent Residents are required to upload a copy of their permanent resident card.

Undocumented students should choose "Other" for the Select Your Citizenship Status question and then choose the first option, "I do not hold a currently valid U.S. non-immigrant Visa", for the Currently Held United States Visa question.

For more information, please visit the Residency information page.

Residency on the UIC Transfer Web Application

UIC's Transfer Web Application has eight residency choices. Please note that First Year applicants must apply using the Common Application.

  1. U.S. Citizen - born or naturalized. Applicants who live in the U.S. but hold a Visa from another country should apply as International.
  2. International - an applicant who is a citizen or permanent resident alien of a country or political area other than the United States and who has a residence outside the United States to which he or she expects to return and either is, or proposes to be, a temporary alien in the United States for educational purposes. Any applicant who holds a VISA or who is a citizen or resident of any country other than the United States falls under the International Applicant category.
  3. U.S. Permanent Resident - must submit a copy of your permanent resident card
  4. Adjustment of Status - for those who have submitted an application for permanent residency
  5. Asylee - must submit documentation
  6. Refugee - must submit documentation
  7. Humanitarian Parolee
  8. Non-Citizen/Other - for undocument students and any other applicants who do not fit into the above categories

For more information, please visit the Residency information page.

Common App Components | Early Action | Residency | Application Type
First Year | Transfer | Readmission | Second Bachelor's | Nondegree


Application type

Types of undergraduate applications

First Year
Currently attending high school or have graduated from high school and have never attended a college or university. December/January high school graduates who take college courses in the spring semester immediately following graduation may still apply as a First Year student.
Transfer
Student who has previously enrolled in a college and/or university post high school graduation.
Readmission
Individual who has previously enrolled as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student at UIC. Students who left the university on "good standing" will only need to reapply if he/she has not registered for two or more semesters.
Second Bachelor
Any student who has graduated from a 4yr institution and wishes to enroll at UIC as a degree-seeking student.
Nondegree
Student who does not want to enroll in a degree seeking program but wants to take course(s) for credit.

Common App Components | Early Action | Residency | Application Type
First Year | Transfer | Readmission | Second Bachelor's | Nondegree

First Year

Definition of a First Year applicant

Currently attending high school or have graduated from high school and have never attended a college or university. December/January high school graduates who take college courses in the spring semester immediately following graduation may still apply as a First Year student.

Requirements and Recommendations for First Year applicants

Please see the First Year Admission Requirements for full details.
First Year applications are accepted by the following colleges at UIC:

Information on specific undergraduate programs can be found on the Degrees page.

The following are not required but highly recommended for competitive applications:

ACT Scores and High School Percentile Rank For
Entering First Year Class of 2012

 

ACT Composite

HSPR

  Middle 50% Middle 50%
College of Applied Health Sciences 22-27 71-91
College of Architecture & the Arts 21-26 64-89
College of Business Administration 22-26 66-90
College of Education 20-25 65-90
College of Engineering 25-30 73-93
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 22-27 72-92

Common App Components | Early Action | Residency | Application Type
First Year | Transfer | Readmission | Second Bachelor's | Nondegree

 

Transfer

Definition of a Transfer applicant

Student who has previously enrolled in a college and/or university post high school graduation.

Requirements and Recommendations for Transfer applicants

Please see the Transfer Admission Requirements for full details and college/program-specific requirements.

Transfer applications are accepted for both the Fall and Spring terms (although some programs are Fall-only) and are reviewed by the following colleges at UIC. :

Information on specific undergraduate programs can be found on the Degrees page.
Transfer applicants may refer to the following tools for more information on their transferable credit and course equivalencies:

Common App Components | Early Action | Residency | Application Type
First Year | Transfer | Readmission | Second Bachelor's | Nondegree

 

Readmission

Definition of a Readmission applicant

Readmission applicants are former UIC students who were registered as degree-seeking undergraduates and who left the University for two or more semesters in succession (summer session excluded). Readmission applicants are considered on the basis of their status at the time they left the University, any college work they have completed elsewhere since their last attendance at the University, and the availability of space in the chosen program. Degree-seeking readmission applicants do not pay the application fee.

Requirements and Notes for Readmission applicants

To apply for readmission, former UIC students should submit the following documents:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Letter of Petition if you were on probationary or drop status at UIC
  3. Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended after last attending UIC

Former UIC students who left the University on academic dismissal status, regardless of whether they have attended another collegiate institution in the interval, must submit a petition with an application when they apply for readmission. Admission is granted upon approval of the dean of the college concerned.

Former UIC students who left the University on clear status or on probation, but have attended another collegiate institution where they have earned a scholastic average below 2.00/4.00, may be readmitted to the University only with a petition approved by the dean of the college concerned.

A former UIC student who was dismissed for disciplinary reasons must submit a petition to the Office of Admissions, which will then be forwarded to the appropriate committee.

Common App Components | Early Action | Residency | Application Type
First Year | Transfer | Readmission | Second Bachelor's | Nondegree

Second Bachelor's

Definition of a Second Bachelor's degree applicant

You are a second bachelor’s degree applicant if you have already been awarded a bachelor’s degree from a 4-year university and wish to pursue a second bachelor’s degree in a different program.

Requirements and Notes for Second Bachelor's applicants

Second bachelor's applicants must meet all transfer admission requirements. A personal statement is also required.

Note that the College of Business and the College of Education do not accept second bachelor's degree applications. Other colleges will generally give preference to students seeking their first bachelor's degree when space in the entering class is limited and review Second Bachelor’s candidates only on a case-by-case basis. Therefore second bachelor’s degree applications for popular majors like Biological Sciences and Psychology are not encouraged.

Second bachelor's degree candidates are not eligible for most financial aid.

Common App Components | Early Action | Residency | Application Type
First Year | Transfer | Readmission | Second Bachelor's | Nondegree

 

Nondegree

Definition of a Nondegree applicant

Student who does not want to enroll in a degree-seeking program but wants to take course(s) for credit.

Requirements and Notes for Nondegree applicants

Nondegree applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis by the College of Applied Health Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. The College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, the College of Business, the College of Education, and the School of Public Health do not admit nondegree students.

Common App Components | Early Action | Residency | Application Type
First Year | Transfer | Readmission | Second Bachelor's | Nondegree