University of Illinois at Chicago

United States


The University of Illinois at Chicago dates back to the founding of the Chicago College of Pharmacy in 1859. The university itself was created in 1982 by the coming together of the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle and the University of Illinois at the Medical Center. It still has a focus on pharmacy and nursing but also covers subjects like communication, education, law and public administration.

There are around 34,000 students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with an international community of over 4,000 international students, scholars and employees. It ranked in the top 200 global universities in the Times Higher Education guide and just outside the top 250 in the QS World Universities Rankings. It is also ranked in several guides to the top 100 universities in the USA.

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Students are spoilt for choice when it comes to on-campus accommodation. Undergraduates usually live on the east side of campus, in the Commons North; South; West, Courtyard residence halls, and in the Academic & Residential Complex.

The south side of campus consists of residence halls: Thomas Beckham, Marie Robinson and James Stukel Towers and stunning views of the Chicago skyline. UIC’s health science colleges are near the Single Student Residence Hall and Polk Street Residence Hall on the west side of campus. Living learning communities allow you to live with students with similar interests and majors. Most neighborhoods are only a bus ride away from the UIC campus, so many second and third-year students choose to live off-campus.

The Richard J. Daley Library at UIC supports all its students' research and learning interests by providing them with a wealth of digital and print resources, including an extensive database of information and over 2 million books and journals. The variety of research tools available at the university, including specialized science and engineering laboratories, supports researchers. Designated World Health Organization Centers are in place at UIC and the Illinois Board for Higher Education Official Centers and Institutes.

The UIC Forum is a large venue with a total capacity of 3000 people and hosts various events, including conferences, performances and lectures. The Student Recreation Facility is a first-rate fitness center offering multiple health programs such as group fitness classes and cardio and weight training. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jane Addams has a campus museum dedicated to her work and history for students to explore.

Grab a coffee at one of the many cafes around campus before taking a green campus tour to learn how the university plays its part in combating climate change. Over 350 registered student organizations are available to join on campus, from sports clubs to social justice organizations and beyond. There is also a buzzing arts community on campus, with many performances and gallery events throughout the year. A strong athletic program exists on campus with recreational sports leagues and personal training classes available for students to enjoy when they are not studying. The UIC community service office also connects willing students with volunteer opportunities to foster an even greater sense of community and get involved in events regularly on campus.

Chicago is famous for many things, including jazz and blues music, journalism opportunities, and pizza! Students will never be short of activities here, as the music and food scene still thrives today. From sampling fresh deep-dish pizza to capturing the birthplace of modern architecture on a polaroid camera, there is always an exciting way to lead a fulfilling life while living here. Multiple museums provided a guided tour of the Windy City’s history in different areas, from the American writers' museum to the Art Institute of Chicago and beyond. The nightlife is wonderfully diverse, and there are plenty of employment opportunities post-graduation.

The university is the biggest in Chicago and students get to experience the best of the Windy City while studying here thanks to its prime location. The campus is full of history including the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, America’s most famous settlement house.

In the 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of colleges and universities, it ranked 46th among public national universities. It is also the only Illinois university ranked among the 10 best value colleges in the nation by Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.

The university is committed to ensuring a great student life on campus. It even hosts a free back-to-school concert each autumn called Spark in the Park. It also offers impressive sporting facilities with fitness classes, swimming lessons and a climbing wall.


The University of Illinois in Chicago has an employment rate of 94% with students going on to work for companies like Inter, IBM, Deloitte and Accenture. Over 4,000 students benefit from the UIC Career Center's full-service career programming each year. This includes assistance with professional readiness, internships, and employment possibilities from the start, ensuring post-graduate success. More than 150 companies work with the university through on-campus interviews, careers fairs, site tours and information sessions. Support is also available for graduates through networking, mentoring and coaching sessions.


UIC supports its international students in many ways, including financially. The International Student Scholarship is awarded to international students who have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need. The Global Leaders Merit Scholarship has a higher value of $10,000 per year and is awarded to a limited number of first-year international students who have demonstrated leadership skills, academic excellence, and a commitment to community service. The International Tuition Waiver Scholarship is awarded to international students who demonstrate financial need while the International Partnership Scholarship is for international freshmen who are sponsored by a UIC international partner institution. There are also several study abroad scholarships available to bolster international study abroad experiences.


The University of Illinois at Chicago’s acceptance rate is 78.8%.



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