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First Year

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Within Chicago’s only public research university, the UIC Honors College connects high-achieving undergraduates with remarkable faculty and staff mentors dedicated to excellence.

Learn how to apply!

Read or Download First-Year Brochure

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Selection into the Honors College is competitive. Applicants are reviewed using a set of criteria designed to consider both past accomplishments and future promise. Admitted students typically have strong academic records; well-developed essays demonstrating thoughtful reflection on the essay prompt; extracurricular involvement showing commitment and leadership; unique talents or abilities; and willingness to embrace diversity in both ideas and people.

The Honors College welcomes applications from students who choose to apply to UIC through the test-optional pathway.

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  • Final Deadline for Fall: February 1st
  • Final Deadline for Spring: October 1st

If you have additional questions, please contact us at (312) 413-2260 or contact us at Honors College Support