Overview

Located in the heart of Chicago, one of the world’s great cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the region. UIC is Chicago’s largest university and its only Public Research I University with 30,000 students, 15 colleges, a hospital and a health sciences system. UIC offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, business, education, humanities, basic social and health sciences, engineering and technology, social work, urban planning and public policy and administration.  UIC values diversity: UIC is proud to be recognized as having one of the most ethnically and culturally rich college campuses in America. Our welcoming environment and diverse student body engender deeper learning and provide new perspectives on life. Come experience the strength of multiple voices, races, cultures, beliefs, identities, orientations and points of view. UIC also houses a number of internationally recognized and globally engaged research centers in: urban studies, architecture, public health, social work, medicine and engineering.  UIC is in the top 4% of U.S. universities (US News and World Report) and one of the top research universities in the world.

 

Location & Facilities

Chicago: The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a globally engaged university located in the heart of Chicago, an architecturally and culturally dynamic city of nearly three million people. The city is home to a number of Global 500 Fortune companies including Boeing, United Airlines, and Caterpillar. Fifty-four million people visit the city each year to take advantage of its rich history, arts and culture, architecture, diverse communities, sports and outdoor activities. There are 77 community neighborhoods within the city, made up of people from all ethnicities. Greek, Polish, Hispanic, Chinese, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian and African are just a smattering of cultures that can be found in America’s third-largest city. You can dine at ethnic restaurants, visit museums to learn about diverse traditions and attend parades featuring various nationalities, truly is a melting pot. CAMPUS: UIC has residence halls on the east, south, and west sides of campus.  With housing options all over campus, students can experience all that UIC and Chicago have to offer. Many undergraduates live on the east side of campus, in the Commons North, Commons South, Commons West and Courtyard residence halls. Students who live here are minutes from lecture halls, Student Center East and the Student Recreation Center.  Students in the residence halls in the south side of campus — James Stukel Towers, Marie Robinson Hall and Thomas Beckham Hall – wake up to views of the Chicago skyline. Students are close to the new Curtis Granderson Stadium, home to the UIC Flames baseball team, and restaurants and shops on Halsted and Maxwell streets.  Polk Street Residence Hall and the Single Student Residence hall on the west side of campus are near UIC’s health science colleges, Student Center West and lively Taylor Street.  HOUSING: with 9 residence halls, housing is divided into different categories: students over 20 years, primarily first year, upperclass, graduate and professional. Rates: according to Residence, room type and number of students per unit.  Average prices for the entire academic year range from  $7,163 to $10,373.  According to the Hall where they live, students are required to choose a meal plan with an average price of $3000.

 

List of Departments (Faculties)

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES: UIC offers 86 undergraduate degrees and more than 70 minors, including architecture, the arts, design, education, engineering, health sciences, liberal arts, life sciences, public health and urban and public affairs.

GRADUATE DEGREES: UIC offers graduate and professional degrees in nationally ranked programs taught by award-winning faculty. Ninety-four (94) MASTER’S and sixty-two (62) DOCTORAL DEGREE programs are offered in architecture, the arts, business, education, engineering, the humanities, public health, the sciences, social work, and urban planning and public affairs.  PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATES are available in the applied health sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE:

o    GUARANTEED PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM ADMISSIONS (GPPA)*: This UIC program guarantees a select number of incoming first year students a seat in the professional or graduate program of their choice provided students qualify upon completion of their undergraduate studies at UIC.  Although each GPPA program varies in size, curriculum, and design, all of the programs have the advantage of allowing the students to pursue undergraduate curricula at UIC before they go on to their professional or graduate degree. Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions initiative - is designed for academically motivated students who want the security of guaranteed admission to graduate or professional school while pursuing their undergraduate degree.   However, GPPA is only one path to graduate or professional school.  Admission to every GPPA program is competitive, and there are a limited number of spaces available per year. Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry have traditionally been the most competitive programs.  The most successful GPPA applicants are those who know their future profession and want a guaranteed educational path to that profession. High school students with strong academic records, extracurricular activities, and leadership experiences are encouraged to apply.

o    INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE PROGRAMS: UIC’s interdisciplinary degree programs, joint degree programs and interdisciplinary concentrations are a valuable foundation for innovative careers that go beyond a single field of study. Philosophy, biology, chemistry and psychology intersect in the Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience, which offers Illinois’ first undergraduate degree in neuroscience. Ph.D. students can earn an interdepartmental concentration or one of 12 department-based doctorates in neuroscience. The College of Applied Health Sciences has undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary programs in rehabilitation sciences, disability studies, and kinesiology and nutrition. The Program of Electronic Security and Privacy studies electronic security and privacy, from the perspectives of business, engineering, law, health informatics and communication.

 

Courses offered

The UIC COLLEGE OF APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES is nationally 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. Areas of concentration include diet and exercise, cardiovascular health, motor control, neuroscience, rehabilitation science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, health information management, biomedical and health informatics, medical illustration and disability advocacy.  A variety of degree programs is offered in the areas of biomedical visualization, disability studies, health informatics, health information management, nutrition, kinesiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and rehabilitation sciences. The college offers five bachelor’s degrees, seven master’s degrees, and five doctoral programs.

·    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.

ARCHITECTURE: The Four year pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture program (BSArch), Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies Two-year upper level undergraduate degree; a three-year, NAAB-accredited* first professional Master of Architecture (MArch) degree.

ART: Art, Art History, Museum & Exhibition Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts,

BA in Integrated Design and Arts, BFA in Art, BFA in Art Education, BA in Art History, Minor in Art: Minor in Art History, Minor in Museum and Exhibition Studies; School of Design: The UIC School of Design is organized with two program areas: Graphic Design and Industrial Design. Program curriculum focuses on the critical contemporary challenges of design education, theory, and practice and is designed to address the complex demands of a rapidly changing professional environment. Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design, Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design

The School of Theatre & Music has two departments: the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Music; the Bachelor of Arts in Music Business; the Bachelor of Music in Performance; the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies; the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance; the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology; and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.  There two Departments:

·    COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: 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. UIC undergraduate business program is Chicago s no. 1

Undergraduate: BSA Bachelor of Science in Accounting, BSE Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, BSF Bachelor of Science in Finance, BIS Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Sciences, BSM Bachelor of Science in Management, BSM Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Liautaud Graduate business school program: MBA Master of Business Administration, MSA Master of Science in Accounting, MSBA Master of Science in Business Analytics, MSF Master of Science in Finance, MIS Master of Science in Management, Information Systems, MSM Master of Science in Marketing. Doctoral Programs:  PhD in Business Administration: Accounting Emphasis, PhD in Business Administration: HRM Emphasis, PhD in Business Administration, IDS Emphasis, PhD in Business Administration: Marketing Emphasis, PhD in Management Information Systems.  STEM Degree Program: The UIC Liautaud Master and PhD level Programs in Management, Information Systems and the MS in Business Analytics have been approved as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - Designated Degree Programs. Important:  Under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months. Students who graduate from a designated STEM degree program can remain for an additional 17 months on an OPT STEM extension.

·       The UIC COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY: Changing the future of dentistry by preparing the oral health leaders of tomorrow through innovative curriculum and research in the heart of Chicago.  Besides the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, the college offers graduate degrees for future researchers and educators. Academic Departments: Endodontics, Oral Biology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Restorative Dentistry. The DMD Advanced Standing program offers a path for dentists who trained outside the U.S. to practice in the USA. In addition to the DMD, UIC College of Dentistry offers a PhD, MS, Advanced Specialty Programs, and MOST to combine clinical training with research experiences:(Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), DMD-Advanced Standing, PhD in Oral Sciences, MS in Oral Sciences, Advanced Specialty Training Programs, Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training=MOST).

·       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.  Departments: Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Special Education.

·       The UIC COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING offers learning, research and internships for a fulfilling career. Engineering and computer science graduates excel in areas from biotechnology, cyber-security and information technology to nano-technology, civil infrastructure, and energy/environmental technology.  The college’s 20 student organizations offer hands-on learning and professional development. More than 500 companies and organizations have hired UIC students and graduates over the last two years. UIC engineering graduates help drive social and economic progress in business, industry, government and education.  Research funding: $83.9M, 28 Engineering Programs with emphasis on Computer Science.

·       The UIC COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES (LAS) is dedicated to the idea that a strong liberal arts and sciences education is the best foundation for a bright future. The largest college at UIC, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has over 40 majors and minors in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The college has 11 pre-professional tracks, 6 secondary education programs, foreign language study, and the ability to combine an LAS major with any UIC minor (like a minor in Business). Many of our departments are nationally ranked and recognized for their strengths.  The study of liberal arts and sciences, within a Research I University means that students are mentored by faculty, who bring current innovative research into the classroom.  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.  LAS offers majors and minors across the sciences, social sciences and humanities (as well as many

·       COLLEGE OF MEDICINE:  At the UIC College of Medicine, clinical experience begins in the first two years. The college is the nation’s largest medical school, with campuses in Chicago, Rockford and Peoria that provide urban and rural experience. College of Medicine faculty and fellows are on the forefront of new knowledge, including neuroscience, psychiatry, cancer and genetics. The MD program prepares students for careers in medical practice, research, teaching and community medicine. Through joint degree programs, medical students can also earn a graduate degree in business, public health, law or science.  In addition to UIC's MD Program, the College of Medicine at Chicago has several additional highly reputable advanced degree programs in the medical sciences: Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) – Ph.D., Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) – M.D.-Ph.D. and Master of Science in Medical Physiology – M.S.

Academic Departments: Anatomy & Cell Biology, Anesthesiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Bioengineering, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Medical Education, Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Neurology & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics, Psychiatry, Radiology, Urology, Surgery.  Centers: Matec Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Illinois Cancer Center, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for Cardiovascular Research, Center for Global Health, Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics, Center for Research on Women and Gender.

·       The UIC COLLEGE OF NURSING is ranked 23rd nationally by U.S. News & World Report, and six of its specialty programs ranked even higher: family nurse practitioner (7th), nursing administration (8th), midwifery (10th), gerontology nurse practitioner (10th), pediatric nurse practitioner (12th) and psychiatric nurse practitioner (13th). The college is among the top National Institutes of Health-funded colleges of nursing, and has ranked in the top 4 for the last 25 years.

Degree Programs: Bachelor of Science (BSN), Graduate Entry Master of Science Program, Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Certificate Programs.  DEPARTMENTS: Biobehavioral Health Science, Health Systems Science, Women, Children and Family Health Science.

·       The UIC COLLEGE OF PHARMACY has shaped pharmaceutical research, education and practice for more than 150 years. With campuses in Chicago and Rockford, the college prepares students for the changing world of pharmacy and offers hands-on learning in urban and rural settings. The college is ranked No. 6 among the best colleges of pharmacy by U.S. News & World Report and is No. 7 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Departments:  Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy, Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes & Policy, Department of Pharmacy Practice. Programs: Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Professional Program, Graduate Programs= PhD in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, PhD in Pharmacognosy, PhD in Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology track, PhD in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy), MS in Forensic Science, MS in Forensic Toxicology, MS in Comparative Effectiveness Research, Joint Degree Programs =PharmD/PhD, PharmD/MSHI, PharmD/MBA, PharmD/MS CTS, PharmD/Certificate in Public Health Practice at Rockford.

·       The UIC SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH  (SPH) 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.  CHS offers four specializations in which students can focus their studies:  Community Health Interventions, Global Health, Population Health and Community-based Research Methods. DIVISIONS:  COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES Division: CHS also offers concentrations in Maternal and Child Health and MCH Epidemiology.  The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) Division prepares students to protect the environment and improve the health of workers and the general public: Specialized study is offered in: air pollution, industrial hygiene, water quality and health, occupational medicine, environmental chemistry, occupational safety, toxicology, occupational and environmental epidemiology, and environmental and occupational health policy.  The Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Division provides students with the conceptual and analytical tools needed to: analyze the implications of proposed policies; influence their formation; evaluate them once implemented; and manage private and/or public health care organizations so as to improve the health of the population. Degrees: The Bachelor of Arts in Public Health provides a liberal arts education grounded in the public health sciences, and the Doctor of Public Health in Leadership offers a rigorous curriculum tailored toward mid-career public health professionals who want to expand their knowledge and practice of public health.

·       The UIC JANE ADDAMS COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK: As a premier institution for graduate study, the college is a recognized leader in social work research, education and service.  Programs: MSW Degree Program Overview, MSW/MPH Joint Degree Program, Post MSW Professional Educator License (PEL), School Social Worker Endorsement and PhD Program Overview.

·       The UIC COLLEGE OF URBAN PLANNING AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS (CUPPA) has an international reputation for promoting just, resilient and livable communities — cities that work. The college and its two departments of Public Administration and Urban Planning and Policy 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 more than 100 agencies and companies in the Chicago area.  CUPPA’s top ranked accredited academic departments feature over 500 students studying a broad scope of undergraduate degrees along side two professional accredited graduate programs in Public Administration and Urban Planning and Policy; Undergraduate Majors: Public Policy, Urban Studies ; Undergraduate Minors: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Public Policy, Urban Studies; Joint Degrees: (Bachelor of Art and Master's): BA Public Policy & Master of Public Administration, BA Urban Studies & Master of Urban Planning and Policy

Graduate Degrees: Accelerated Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) , PhD Public Administration, PhD Urban Planning and Policy

Certificate Programs. Geospatial Analysis and Visualization, Public Transit Planning and Management, Survey Research Methodology.

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.                                                  

TUITION & FEES: Prices shown may vary, please check with the University. Undergraduate: Examples: Based on 2017-18 tuition for full-time undergraduate students in Architecture and Arts College: international student and One year cost: Estimated Tuition & Fees $31,852.00 (Sum of  $24,940.00 Base Tuition+ $2,640.00 Program Differential + $2,038.00 Student Fees + $1,140.00 Health Insurance Fee + $1,094.00 Assessments); same but for Business School: $31,712.00 ($24,940.00 Base Tuition  $2,500.00 Program Differential  $2,038.00 Student Fees  $1,140.00 Health Insurance Fee  $1,094.00 Assessments).  Graduate: To determine tuition and fees per semester: Add tuition + Add applicable tuition differential +Add applicable fees+ Add applicable assessment, For international student, per semester, Range I, 12 hour or more range: Architecture: Graduate Base Rate $11,860 + $2,909 Tuition differential + subtotal fees, + $547 subtotal Assessment per semester Range I =

 

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A college education is a great investment. The good news is that UIC is committed to making college affordable by guiding you through the financial aid process. Last year, UIC undergraduates received nearly $183 million in financial aid. Inquire about all types of financial aid available, including federal work-study.  A number of merit and need based scholarships are awarded with new scholarship opportunities being added every year.