University of Illinois at Chicago

Academics at UIC

Founded in 1982, this public university offers 86 academic programs in 15 colleges and has been noted by the Wall Street Journal and others as one of the country’s top public universities. UIC embraces its urban location, with a focus on engaging students in the metropolitan, social and health issues that face Chicago and cities around the world.

The most popular programs include accounting, architecture, computer science, criminology/law/justice, engineering management, information and decision science, nursing, public policy, urban education and urban studies. The Colleges of Engineering and Business Administration are the two fastest-growing schools. Students benefit from an impressive ratio of one faculty member for every 18 students.

UIC maintains the Hull-House Museum where Jane Addams – the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize – founded a settlement house in 1889 to help immigrants adapt to American life. Addams’ commitment to social reform is integral to UIC’s mission today.



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  • Physics
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, BA
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Neuroscience

Sports, Fitness and Nutrition

  • Kinesiology
  • Kinesiology: Exercise Science and Health Promotion
  • Kinesiology: Movement Science

Music, Theater and the Arts

  • Theater Design, Production and Technology
  • Theatre and Performance
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music
  • Music Business
  • Theater and Performance

Nursing, Health, Care and Sociology

  • Disability and Human Development
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Social Work

Liberal Arts

  • Theatre & Performance
  • Urban Studies
  • Communication
  • Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Masters in Public Administration: Financial Management
  • Masters in Public Administration: Nonprofit Management
  • Masters in Public Administration: Public Management
  • Masters in Public Administration: Public Policy
  • Masters in Public Administration: Self-Directed MPA
  • Masters in Public Administration: Urban Governance & Management
  • Urban Planning and Policy
  • Anthropology
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • English
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Germanic Studies
  • Germanic Studies with Business Minor
  • History
  • Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Polish
  • Psychology: Applied Psychology
  • Psychology: General Psychology
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Economics
  • African American Studies

Law, International Relations and Politics

  • Criminology, Law and Justice
  • Political Science: Law and Courts
  • Political Science: Urban Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Political Science


  • Instructional Leadership: Education Studies
  • Instructional Leadership: Policy Studies
  • Language, Literacies and Learning
  • Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics & Assessment
  • Science Education
  • Special Education
  • Youth Development
  • Human Development and Learning
  • Teaching of English
  • Teaching of French
  • Teaching of German
  • Teaching of History
  • Teaching of Mathematics
  • Teaching of Spanish
  • Urban Education
  • Early Childhood Education

Business, Finance and Economics

  • MBA: Management Information Systems
  • MBA: Marketing
  • MBA: Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • MBA: Real Estate
  • MBA: Self-Directed
  • MS: Accounting
  • MS: Business Analytics
  • MS: Finance
  • MS: Marketing
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information and Decision Sciences
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Applied Economics
  • Management Information Systems
  • MBA: Accounting
  • MBA: Business Analytics
  • MBA: Economics
  • MBA: Entrepreneurship
  • MBA: Finance
  • MBA: International Business Administration
  • MBA: Management

Architecture, Art and Design

  • Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Architectural Studies
  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design

Life at UIC

As a student at Chicago’s biggest university, you’ll join 30,000+ total students, with undergrads totaling about 19,400. UIC is among the top five most diverse campuses in the U.S. – 40 percent of the first-year class is Hispanic, and international students come primarily from China, India, South Korea, Canada and Brazil.

The campus is in Chicago’s Near West Side, adjacent to the downtown area known as the Loop. Students take advantage with unlimited access to the Chicago Transit Authority. About 3,800 students opt for campus housing; another 6,000 live in nearby apartments. A new mixed-use center combining residential, academic and retail space will open in 2019.

With 30 or so sororities and fraternities, Greek life is popular. Students also enjoy great recreational facilities, including multiple pools, a three-story climbing wall, and campus events like Spark in the Park music festival and Friday Night Live – themed nights with free games and entertainment.

About Chicago, Illinois


Different Languages Spoken on Campus

/ Explore Chicago

REFLECT AT CLOUD GATE. Wonder at the mirror-like surface of this 110-ton steel sculpture, then explore the rest of Millennium Park.
DARE TO EXPERIENCE THE LEDGE. Step onto the glass floor that extends into space from the 103rd floor of Willis Tower and see for 50 miles.
STAND NEXT TO MICHAEL JORDAN. Get your photo taken by the 17-foot-tall bronze statue of the NBA legend in the atrium of Chicago’s United Center.

" The best part of UIC is the location. The school is in the middle of the beautiful city of Chicago. I love the city because of the architecture it has and every time I am getting off somewhere downtown and I see all the huge beautiful buildings my heart just stops beating for a second and I stop breathing, and I feel so good and so comfortable. The city is just something magical, I would say. The feeling is not comparable to anything else. "

- Victoria, Ukraine

Careers at UIC

Beyond academics, students can gain valuable experience through internship programs with local businesses, nonprofits, and community and governmental organizations. Students can also get a taste of life beyond college through research and other programming, from humanities research seminars at the Newberry Library to clinical rotations at Chicago hospitals and clinics for health science students. Volunteering and service learning provide still more opportunity.

UIC helps students begin the next phase of life with an array of tools and workshops that support new careers. You can learn to evaluate a job offer, negotiate a salary and power network, right on campus, plus take advantage of regularly held information sessions, networking events and jobs fairs.


Average Salary After Attending UIC

vs. U.S. Average of $34,000 for students who have attended college


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