Undergraduate Admissions


We appreciate your interest in our programs and look forward to reviewing your application. Whether you're applying as a Freshmen, Transfer, International or Inter-College student. The information listed below will assist your application to our College. Should you have specific questions, please feel free to contact the College Recruitment Coordinator at 312.413.9427.



Admission to the College is selective and competitive, and admissions standards are much higher than the minimum average ACT/SAT and HSPR (high school class ranking) for the campus. The middle 50% of 2012’s Freshmen class entered with an ACT Composite score of 21-26. Applications are evaluated and selected based on a holistic review of a student’s Common Application, transcripts, GPA, ACT/SAT score, HSPR, recommendation letters, and personal statement.

Due to the high demand for limited spaces in the College’s programs, it is recommended that applicants submit their application as early as possible in the fall of the senior year. All admissions decisions are final.

University Freshmen Admissions Requirements


Transfer applications are evaluated and selected based on a holistic review of a student’s Common Application, transcripts, GPA, recommendation letters, and personal statement. All admission decisions are final due to the demand for space in all programs. Students should refer to the “Program Specific Requirements” tab for each program.

Architecture, Art, and Design programs admit students fall term only.

Art History, Theatre, and Music are the only programs that admit students fall and spring term.

University Transfer Admissions Requirements

No more than 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of credit may be accepted as transfer work from a community or junior college. Transfer students from community or junior colleges should consult with the major department or school in the College to discuss transfer credits. All final acceptance of transfer credit will be determined by the College upon review of recommendations by the school or department. Due to the sequencing of classes in many of our programs, transfer students typically continue their education for an additional four years. Please refer to our Transfer Guides to review what courses will transfer to UIC.


Admission and placement into the College is highly competitive as evident by the talented pool of applicants we receive from around the globe. Application and processing for students interested in attending any university is lengthy and should always be completed as early as possible.

All programs require international applicants to present a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based); 80, with sub-scores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (International).

Advanced standing for transfer students from foreign institutions may be determined upon a review of the course syllabus and transcript(s) from the foreign institution, provided the institution is accredited and recognized by the University. Please review our International Admissions Requirements.

Inter-College Applicants

UIC students interested in admission to one of the majors offered in the college must complete an intercollegiate application available in the College’s Office of Student Affairs, located in room 208 Jefferson Hall. All applicants must be in good standing, not on academic probation or undetermined status. Eligibility varies by department and school.

School of Architecture eligibility requires a UIC cumulative grade point average of 2.75. Only transfer applicants who seek advanced placement in the undergraduate architecture program are required to submit a portfolio.

School of Art and Art History eligibility requires a 2.75 UIC grade point average.

School of Design eligibility requires a 2.75 UIC grade point average.

School of Theatre & Music eligibility requires a 2.50 UIC grade point average.

Review the College's Portfolio Requirements for certain majors.

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Nondiscrimination Policy

At UIC, we're proud of our tradition of welcoming students from every ethnic and racial group, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical condition, and age. We've been recognized as one of the most diverse colleges in the U.S. But what really matters is the way diversity supports and enriches our students' lives.

The commitment of the University of Illinois to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms. The University of Illinois will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran and will comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in the University programs and activities.