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  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 19,254 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Illinois at Chicago acceptance rate is 76%. Popular majors include Psychology, Biology, and Nursing. Graduating 59% of students, Illinois at Chicago alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,600.
601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Horizon League

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.

UIC Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1020-1220
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$12,248/ 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
$12,850/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
82%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
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.235 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.234 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
4
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
4
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    21%
  • On Campus
    78%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,254Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,529
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
61%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 148 responses
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  • Commuters
    60%
  • Actually very mixed,
    16%
  • 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.259 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.318 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 161 responses
Report
  • You get out of it what you put in.
    25%
  • Diversity
    17%
  • Wide range of student resources
    16%
  • It is a combination of diversity and hard workers
    14%
  • A crazy, beautiful place to be diverse
    12%
  • Open-minded
    6%
  • Fast-paced
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
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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It was horrible! At least it was when I was majoring in Engineering Physics. Engineering Orientation taught me many things, but didn’t teach me any tips or tricks for EP. For our one advisor, they couldn’t help guide us by explaining the Technical Electives we could take. Most courses I took were uninteresting and difficult. After a year, I took a semester off. I transferred to Computer Science. This became substantially better for me and my experience at UIC. Though, for some reason, advisors are still an issue. The courses are great; the professors are fun/strict/and at times flexible; the atmosphere of CS is refreshing and gives a type of welcoming energy. The TAs and Grad TAs I’ve met are experienced and know what they’re talking about!

I rate my experience at the University of Illinois at Chicago 4 stars for giving me life lessons, Engineering Physics and Computer Science knowledge, and exposing me to numerous connections via student or company.
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Attending UIC has been a pleasant experience for me! My favorite building is Student Center East not to far from the "Inner Circle". SCE has many popular food chains such as Chic fil a, Panda Express, Dunkin Donuts and more. Upstairs is another food court that includes restaurants such as Sub Way, Sbarro's and more. There is a bowling alley located in SCE and upstairs is a commuters lounge. Academically the classes are very intuitive and challenging in a positive way, the professors are very nice and memorable and they care about helping their students understand the material and also provide great availability with office hours. Using "Rate My Professor" will be a huge help when a student is trying to register for classes. Student life is very nice! UIC has an invent each year when all different clubs advertise their club in the inner circle and they have a sign up sheet where you put your school email. It is always a great social event for students to meet and see their options.
There are some gems among lecturers/researchers here at this university. But like at every university, there are some professors that are 100% more research oriented than lecture oriented; thus, making for difficult material/class experiences.

I've had advisors that truly care about your mental health and safety as a person before a student as well as had advisors that lay out the reality of the situation. Both versions are great and helpful- so don't expect to find one person that can answer all your questions because there's a variety of people you're able to go to in order to find the answers you're looking for. I know it's frustrating at times but take a deep breath and navigate through the my.uic.edu site to find what you're looking for. Best of luck!