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Welcome

Welcome to our UIC counselor admissions resource page! We hope that these resources will better enable you to provide timely and accurate service to students who have chosen to consider UIC for their college education. Here are just a few important facts to consider and get your students started:

GLOBAL LOCATION: Located in Chicago, one of the world's great cities, UIC is an exciting and fully integrated part of the city's fabric which offers endless opportunities to more than 16,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate and professional students both inside and outside of the classroom.

DIVERSITY at UIC: We're proud of our tradition of welcoming all students. We've been recognized as one of the most diverse colleges in the U.S. But what really matters is the way diversity supports and enriches our students' academic, social, and professional experiences and prepares them for success in a global society.

FACULTY: As one of the top 200 research-funded institutions in the world, UIC faculty research and discover the things that others teach. Students may choose from 70 undergraduate majors, 60 minors, and 11 pre-professional programs. As home to 15 academic colleges, UIC and its faculty provide a vibrant, interesting, and challenging academic environment.

We look forward to working with you and your students in the coming months. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our office.

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Counselor FAQ

What changes to the admissions process will be implemented with the switch to the Common Application?

UIC has made an effort to change as few aspects of the admissions process as possible as we transition to the Common Application. The primary change for counselors will be the School Forms aspect of the Common Application, which is an online account where counselors are invited to complete the School Report and the NACAC fee waiver for students applying to UIC. Transcripts and test scores can be submitted in exactly the same way as they have in the past, although counselors may find there are more options for electronic submission through the Common Application. From a student’s perspective, the primary change will be that they create, fill out, and submit their application through the Common Application website rather than the UIC website. Their means of checking the application status, submitting supporting documents, and receiving the application decision will not change. �

How do I access the online School Forms?

Counselors interested in utilizing the online School Forms should provide their students with a valid email address through which they can receive an invitation and notifications regarding the School Forms. If an applicant chooses not to provide a counselor’s email address when they assign the School Forms, then they are considered to have opted out of the electronic submission method and instructed to turn in hard copies of the forms to their counselor for submission.

Is assigning the School Forms required by the applicant? At what point during the application process are the School Forms assigned?

Yes, applicants must assign the School Forms in order to complete and submit their Common Application. Applicants must have completed the “Education” section of the Common Application before they can authorize the release of and assign the School Forms.

Is the School Report required?

Yes, the School Report form is a required component of the Common Application. However, UIC does not require you to submit a full, personalized recommendation letter for each of your students and will not make an application incomplete if the School Report is not received.

Do I need to write a letter of recommendation for every student?

No, you may select either of the "opt-out" options rather than writing an individual recommendation for every student. Applicants will not be penalized if their counselor is unable or chooses not to supply a recommendation. Counselor recommendations, just like personal statements, are often beneficial during our review process but they can never hurt an application.

Neither of the "opt-out" options accurately describes my relationship with the student, how should I proceed?

UIC understands that counselors may be uncomfortable selecting either of the "opt-out" options on the School Report. We are unfortunately unable to change any of the language on the Common Application. We would like to emphasize that applicants will not be penalized either way. General recommendations, even if written and submitted to another university, are perfectly acceptable.

Are general letters of recommendation acceptable?

Yes, UIC and all other Common Application schools are willing to accept general recommendation letters that may have been written or submitted to other institutions. The review committee will not hold it against an applicant if their recommendation addresses another institution or does not specifically address the applicant’s interest in UIC.

Will not submitting a recommendation have a negative impact on an application?

No, UIC has not required letters of recommendation in the past and will not require them as we switch to the Common Application. Students will not be penalized in any way if recommendation letters are not submitted. Letters of recommendation will continue to be used as a positive consideration but if not submitted, will not negatively affect a student's chances of being admitted.

What is an "official" transcript? How can transcripts be submitted?

A transcript is considered official when it is received directly from an applicant's high school, either in a sealed envelope via mail or submitted electronically through a secure on-line service. Electronic submission is preferred, either attached to the Common Application School Report or through a separate submission service such as Docufide or E-Script.

What is an "official" ACT/SAT test score? How can test scores be submitted?

Test scores are accepted electronically directly from the testing service as well as from the high school as long as they are presented on an official transcript. UIC encourages students to save time and money by submitting test scores electronically at the time of the exam. The ACT code for UIC is 1155. The SAT code for UIC is 1851.

How can a fee waiver be requested?

UIC will accept either the NACAC or CollegeBoard fee waiver request forms for First Year applications. Both forms must be signed and submitted by the high school counselor. The NACAC form can be submitted electronically through the Common Application School Forms as long as the applicant supplied their counselor’s email address when assigning the School Forms. Those applicants who opted out of the electronic School Forms process are instructed by the Common Application to supply a paper copy of the waiver request to their counselor for submission.

How can I check the status of an application for one of my students?

The School Forms system shows basic status information for each of your students, including the type of application and date of submission. Counselors are also invited to contact the Office of Admissions at 312-996-4350 to discuss missing credentials, issues with the application, or to check the status of an application. We encourage applicants to call our office themselves to discuss specific decisions or to edit personal information from the application.