About University of Illinois at Chicago

Founded in 1965, University of Illinois at Chicago. is a Public college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 17,959 full time undergraduate students, and 11,161 full time graduate students.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 1491 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Illinois at Chicago include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate73%
Application Deadline
Application Fee60
SAT Range990-1235
ACT Range21-27

Admissions at UIC are considered Selective, with ,84% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 18 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

93% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 59% were in the top quarter, and 25% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Illinois at Chicago.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of Illinois at Chicago REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    260 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    220 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    302 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    319 Students rated campus facilities 3.7 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    317 Students rated class size 3.7 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    317 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    317 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    318 Students rated academics 4 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Illinois at Chicago?

135 Students rated University of Illinois at Chicago

Lance - 11/12/2023

It has its issues like any other campus, but it still represents a great value for the education you get, and whether you're into sports, art, programming, engineering, or whatever, there always end up being some club or likely even degree devoted to it. It's a large, diverse campus, and it's pretty easy to have a valuable time if you're willing to put yourself out there a bit.

Crystal - 09/12/2023

I personally have always wanted to come here since I was younger, and this is truly an amazing school. It's so diverse and no one will ever feel unwelcome. Since we are located in the city there is never any time for boredom. The class room sizes are all great, and your professors are always attentive to email or any questions you may have.

Kayla - 09/03/2023

I enjoy it so far as a first year student, I will say I do find myself feeling lost all the time. I do wish I learned more shut the school in orientation before the school year started, But I’m out sure a i will enjoy the campus one I learn it. I am very excited to learn at UIC!

Patryk - 08/02/2023

It is a great school to attend for various reasons. The main reasons is that it provides a great education regardless or major and it enables the student to excel. The school is also a great price range for many students since it is a public school, but it offers the same level of education. The University is also very diverse and there are always different events that are hosted by different cultures on a weekly basis. Overall, this University gives a lot of people a great access to whatever they want to do on campus. There is inclusivity everywhere, and there is never a time where a person feels left out of a event.

University of Illinois at Chicago FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Illinois at Chicago?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Illinois at Chicago is 73%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Above all else I would suggest that finding the right college is all about weighing any number of variables related to a school. In today's unique economic climate, one must be very honest when assessing whether or not the hefty pricetag on certain universities will actually pay off years down the road. Furthermore, a student looking at colleges and universities should be open to any number of schools that may not have originally been on their list. Often times, if a student asks around they'll find that schools they hadn't even considered have excellent programs in their desired field of study and may offer perks beyond those of the other universities. Beyond this, coming from a public, urban university I can speak to the importance of really being your own advocate when it comes to your education and overall experience. Although it ma be frustrating, often times it is necessary to ask the same question to several people in order to get the answer you need or to bog yourself down in bureaucracy if it means getting the most out of your time at the school. You have to work to make the most of your experience.

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  3. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known about the special programs that they offered in my major field. I did not really know what kind of academic programs they offered to help me find an internship until I started attending the university. They have a career center where they help students find jobs but there is a long waiting list for it; I wished they had more career counselors. I also wished I knew how expensie their housing on-campus cost, along with their meal plan.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is that some people working in the offices or who answer the phones can be incompetent and don't offer sufficient assistance.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are sometimes very quiet depending on the class, but eventually become very interactive as the semester goes on.

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  6. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Those who plan to major in science or business-related fields of study.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    The fact that the campus is in downtown Chicago. So many things are available for students to do throughout the city.

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Brings equality through excelent education.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    It is very diverse, and you will not feel like a minority.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A very lazy and all into him/her self is not a good fit for UIC. The reason I say this is because at UIC, everyone is friendly and people enjoy studying and learning. From personal experience, being lazy and or not being used to studying will cause that individual to be a hinderance on other people that they socialize with.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    UIC is well known for its strong research foundation for most of its curriculum.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school would be finding the classes.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The fact that it's in downtown Chicago and there is always something to do.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is truly one of the best universities anyone could attend. The diversity is amazing, and so are the opportunities. The best part of UIC is how the students fight for what they believe in, such as LGBT rights, and things of that nature. Additionally, I love how the university gives many opportunities for students to work on campus.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    One stereotype is that most of the students are Indian; however, this is not true because UIC is a very diverse university.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I would say the fraternities and sororities are the more popular groups around here. These are the ones that people are most eager to be a part of. Nothing else caught my notice to a greater extent. There are other groups or clubs, but those could potentially be overlooked.

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    There are indeed some instructors who can be so very much dedicated to their students. I really enjoyed my organic chemistry professor. But that is one in many. The students in the other organic chem class didn't fair as well as we did academic wise. The odds of getting a good professor here aren't the best. It's tough trying to work on your own here. It will likely be a struggle to get through classes as an individual.

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  18. What's the Greek scene like?

    Being that this school is located near downtown Chicago, the Greek scene at UIC is not as prominent as it is at other schools. While UIC has many Greek organizations on campus, students are encouraged to utilize recreation spots and other locations around the city for social gatherings and events. UIC's location also means that the campus doesn't have a lot of Greek houses as well.

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  19. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I decided to go to UIC because I enjoy the environment. It is located in downtown Chicago which allows me to live off campus but commute comfortably. Also because of the university's high standards of it's students. It has strict requirements which assures me that I am among serious college students.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

85% of students attending University of Illinois at Chicago receive some sort of financial aid. 58% were awarded federal grants. While 43% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$30 - $48K
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$75 - $110K
$110K & UP

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