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Why Honors?

The UIC Honors College is an option for undergraduate students at UIC. Honors students are seeking high-achieving and are motivated to engage in the many learning opportunities offered at UIC: in the classroom, through research, during service and internship experiences, and from each other.

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.​

Selection into the Honors College is competitive. Applicants are reviewed using a set of criteria designed to consider both past accomplishments and future promise.

  • 94 % First-to-second year retention

  • 71 % Four-year graduation rate

  • 60 % Graduates who go on to graduates or professional school.

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Students in a classroom
Courses
Small Honors-level courses and seminars taught by premier faculty.
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Mentorship
Faculty Fellows and Honors Advisors assigned to all students for mentoring and advising.
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Engagement
Engagement in undergraduate research, service, and leadership.
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Involvement
Ongoing special events and organizations to engage with a community of like-minded peers.

What to Expect Heading link

The Honors College logo as seen at the college.

The UIC Honors College offers the advantages of a small college with the opportunities of a large research university. The Honors College fosters a community of academic excellence, connects students with premier faculty, and promotes civic engagement and leadership opportunities.

The UIC Honors College is an option for undergraduate students at UIC who seek additional academic challenge and engagement opportunities outside the classroom.  Members of the Honors College take honors courses or participate in out-of-classroom learning experiences each semester.