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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
Illinois at Chicago is an above-average public university located in Chicago, Illinois. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 17,961 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Illinois at Chicago acceptance rate is 77%. Popular majors include Psychology, Biology, and Nursing. Graduating 57% of students, Illinois at Chicago alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,600.
About University of Illinois at Chicago...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Horizon League
Address
601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607
Website
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University of Illinois at Chicago Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
77%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1080-1330
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$11,884/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$13,415/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
84%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.190 responses
56%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.226 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.225 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,961Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,487
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
59%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 141 responses
Report
  • Commuters
    60%
  • Actually very mixed,
    15%
  • Diverse
    9%
  • Hardworking, focused.
    7%
  • Studious. Quiet. Smart. Female.
    4%
  • Cheap
    1%
  • Hipster
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.250 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.309 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 152 responses
Report
  • You get out of it what you put in.
    26%
  • Diversity
    17%
  • Wide range of student resources
    16%
  • It is a combination of diversity and hard workers
    13%
  • A crazy, beautiful place to be diverse
    12%
  • Open-minded
    7%
  • Its great but i do not feel completely open there.
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.130 responses
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UIC is constantly growing and I love how big the Diversity is here. The university itself provides a lot of resources for both students On and Off Campus. The school has many students coming from many different parts of the world, they offer up a lot of learning opportunities. As well as the Extra Curricular Activities and Student Organizations, always providing a home away from home. Although, I do have to the part of the Academic Curriculum can be very harsh, where some professors aren't as effective since they would expect students to be putting their absolute best in their classes yet many students are going into UIC full-time students, part-time working and extracurriculars as well. At the end of the day, it is up to the student and their motivation to make the best of what they can!
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I attended this university for almost two years before transferring to a different college in Texas. I transferred because of family issues but I loved my time there. Most of the professors are excellent at teaching and the TA's are always available during the week for extra help. The campus is also located in the center of Chicago so you always have something to do. Transportation to the university is also very good with the Metra and CTA. One of the things I will miss the most is the Quad, many clubs would gather at the center at the beginning of the semester and it was nice. I would HIGHLY recommend this university to anyone looking into it. Be a part of the UIC Flames!
I personally have had a great experience at UIC. I go to the school of design and it's such a small group (40-80) that you really get to know everyone and you get to know their style. I would rate the school of design as 5 stars because the professors really know what they are doing. You are getting educated by some of the best in their field. The rest of campus I rate slightely lower. The healthy food options are somewhat lacking. The buildings themselves were done in the brutalist style so they don't incoporate much in the way of natural light. Campus itself is very accessible for commuter students. I've also noticed a lot of diversity and acceptance which is wonderful. I also appreciate how this school really pushes students to get jobs in their feild. Overall, I've had a positive experience at UIC and I'm looking forward to what the next two years in my program brings!