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University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate79%
Acceptance Rate79%

UIC Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to UIC, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is February 1 and the application fee costs $60.

UIC Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of UIC's admissions stats.

UIC 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 28%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 32%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 8%
Waitlist No

University of Illinois at Chicago Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Illinois at Chicago.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 December 1
Regular Decision Yes February 1 ––

Considering Applying Early to UIC?

University of Illinois at Chicago may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with UIC directly for more information about early applications.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. UIC will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Illinois at Chicago Admissions

Transferring to University of Illinois at Chicago

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to UIC

UIC has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into UIC?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at UIC

What does UIC consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with UIC for more information on admission factors.

UIC Application Requirements

To apply to UIC, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with UIC's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements audition for music and theater majors, portfolio for art majors
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UIC?

Students admitted to UIC have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 50% submitted a class rank. At UIC 28% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 60% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Illinois at Chicago, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 2.74%
3.75 and 3.99 17.57%
3.50 and 3.74 23.22%
3.25 and 3.49 23.45%
3.00 and 3.24 21.1%
2.50 and 2.9 11.8%
2.00 and 2.49 0.12%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to UIC directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

UIC looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UIC has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 32% of UIC's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for UIC?

To be competitive with other UIC applicants, you should aim to score between 1090 and 1300 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UIC 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1300 and 25% of scored lower than 1090, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UIC students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UIC students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for UIC?

To be most competitive at UIC, you should strive to earn between 23 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UIC's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UIC students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to University of Illinois at Chicago

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UIC.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is May 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in UIC during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

UIC Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UIC?

❌ Students who are admitted to UIC must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does UIC accept transfer credits?

✅ UIC accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UIC accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does UIC accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ UIC accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UIC?

❌ No, UIC is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is UIC's acceptance rate?

✅ UIC's acceptance rate is 79%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UIC?

🟨 UIC may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

Want To Learn More About UIC?

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UIC Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UIC? UIC is a somewhat selective institution. The UIC acceptance rate is 79%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.


UIC Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UIC is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UIC is May 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UIC ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


23 to 31


23 and Less


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UIC SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1300


Math SAT Range

540 - 660


Reading SAT Range

540 - 650


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UIC, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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