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How to Apply

We appreciate your interest in our programs and look forward to reviewing your application. Whether you’re applying as a freshman, 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 team at 312.413.9427 or

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.

For first year students: the average GPA for admitted students is 3.25; the average ACT composite score is 21-26.

For transfer students: the minimum GPA is 2.75; the average GPA for admitted students is 2.9–3.5.

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. All admissions decisions are final.

A portfolio is not required for program acceptance*.
(*Theatre Design, Production, and Technology do require an interview and portfolio presentation.)

A portfolio can be reviewed for advanced course placement (after the applicant has been admitted) in Art, Art Education, and Architecture only.

An audition is required in any area of study for Theatre and Music.

Spring term enrollment is only open to applicants in Art History, Theatre, and Music.

The Office of Student Financial Aid provides a wide range of financial services designed to help students and their families meet the cost of attending UIC. Other scholarships and assistance opportunities can be found at the Office of Special Scholarship.

CADA Arts Talent Tuition Awards are available to students in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts. Contact your school or department for application information.

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.

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