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First Year

Getting Started

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.

For the Fall 2022 application period, UIC implemented an SAT and ACT test-optional choice for first-year applicants. The Honors College welcomes applications from students who choose to apply to UIC through the test-optional pathway.

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

November 1, 2022

  • UIC Early Action
  • GPPA
  • Honors College Priority

December 1, 2022

  • Fall 2023 priority application deadline

February 1, 2023

  • UIC Regular Decision
  • Honors College Final

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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!

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