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The largest university in one of the world’s most vibrant cities

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an acclaimed research institution with 15 colleges dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge.

Unleash your potential

For undergraduate students, UIC offers:

  • 83 bachelor’s programs to explore your interests and find the right program.
  • A low student-to-teacher ratio with 1 faculty member to every 11 students.
  • Top-tier faculty and dedicated staff to help you prepare for a fulfilling career.

You belong at UIC

As one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse universities in the country, UIC’s welcoming environment gives you the chance to study, work and grow with classmates who will broaden your perspectives and worldview.

UIC’s mission

  • To create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.
  • To provide a wide range of students with the educational opportunity only a leading research university can offer.
  • To address the challenges and opportunities facing not only Chicago but all Great Cities of the 21st century, as expressed by our Great Cities Commitment.
  • To foster scholarship and practices that reflect and respond to the increasing diversity of the U.S. in a rapidly globalizing world.
  • To train professionals in a wide range of public service disciplines, serving Illinois as the principal educator of health science professionals and as a major health care provider to underserved communities.

Key facts

Location    Chicago, IL   
Regional campuses    Peoria: Medicine | Nursing

Quad Cities: Nursing

Rockford: Medicine | Nursing | Pharmacy

Springfield: Nursing

Urbana: Medicine | Nursing

Founded    UIC was formed in 1982 by the consolidation of two U. of I. campuses: the Medical Center campus, which dates back to the 19th century and the comprehensive Chicago Circle campus which replaced, in 1965, the two-year undergraduate Navy Pier campus that opened in 1946 to educate returning veterans. More history of UIC   
Status    Public Research University   
Budget    $2.095 billion (2015) | More budget information   
Research    $347.8 million (FY 2014)
More on research at UIC   
Tuition 2015-16
full-time undergraduate    $7,309-$9,444 per semester in-state
$13,737-$15,872 out-of-state
Complete tuition and fee rates   
Enrollment Fall 2015    17,511 undergraduates
8,114 graduate students
3,007 professional students
28,632 total
More about enrollment   
Degree programs Fall 2015    Bachelor’s 83
Master’s 93
Doctoral 64
Certificates 53   
Full-time equivalent employees (2014)    Faculty: 1,917
Administrative, professional and support staff: 8,199
More about faculty and staff   
Faculty    81 percent of full-time faculty hold a PhD or equivalent degree, and 76 percent of tenured faculty teach undergraduate courses   
Team Name    Flames   
Conference    Horizon League   
School Colors    Red and Blue   
School Mascot    Sparky D. Dragon   

Institutional Accreditation

The University of Illinois at Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States.


UIC is among the top five most diverse campuses in the nation and a national leader among urban, public higher education institutions in providing access to underrepresented students. UIC is focused on eliminating disparities in health, education and economic opportunity. Community engagement is a centerpiece of UIC’s urban mission. Faculty, students and staff in every college work with neighborhood, foundation and government partners on a wide range of projects to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.


UIC is committed to increasing access to education, employment, programs and services for all and maintaining a barrier-free environment for individuals with disabilities.

UIC’s Disability Resource Center facilitates access for students through consultation with faculty and departmental staff and strives to provide all needed accommodations. Accessible workstations and assistive technology are available on campus through the Academic Computing and Communications Center and the UIC LibraryAccessible transportation is also provided.


UIC becomes greener every year — through the plantings that have led to its designation as a Tree Campus USA the last four years as well as its commitment to LEED-certified buildings, recycling, active transportation and public transit. Bike-sharing stations are conveniently placed throughout the campus, which itself is located near three rail stations.

Sustainability is also incorporated in UIC’s education and research missions. The Office of Sustainability gives students internships to help with green projects throughout campus and serves as a clearinghouse for information on green jobs. Students can join organizations like EcoCampus to actively promote green practices.

UIC is known for

Being the largest university in the Chicago area, having nearly 28,000 students enrolled in its 15 colleges.

In the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of colleges and universities, UIC ranked as the 149th best in the “national universities” category. The 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked UIC as the 18th best in the world among universities less than 50 years old.

University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is UIC’s academic medical center and the state’s major public hospital. Located in the heart of the Illinois Medical District, UI Health is made up of a 495-bed hospital, Children’s Hospital University of Illinois, an outpatient care center, and 13 Mile Square Health Centers located in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on clinical experience in a broad range of medical specialties by caring for UI Health’s diverse patient population and engaging in translational research that can help improve the lives of patients in Illinois and beyond.

Great Cities Institute

The Great Cities Institute embodies UIC’s Great Cities Commitment to improve the quality of life in cities around the world. It unites faculty, students and staff throughout UIC to partner with government, business and community groups. As partners, they explore issues that affect all cities. Recent Great Cities projects have helped to reduce youth violence, revive a high school, and give voters a voice in their wards. In Great Cities forums, experts from Chicago and around the world share ideas and solve common problems.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is the mansion where Jane Addams lived and founded America’s most famous settlement house. Generations of immigrants went through the Hull House to adapt to life in America.

UIC preserved and rebuilt the Hull House dining hall and established the museum to preserve the legacy of Jane Addams. The house features exhibits while the dining hall frequently hosts events. All of the museum’s programs carry on Addams’s commitment to social reform, social justice and diversity.

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