University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL

Brief Description

Adjacent to the Chicago Loop on a 240-acre urban campus in the Near West Side neighborhood of the third largest city in the United States with a global reach, the University of Illinois at Chicago is a major state-funded public research institution. With more than 28,000 enrolled students, it is estimated that around one in 20 Chicago residents attend the university. Home to the largest medical school in the nation with the highest annual research expenditures exceeding $335 million, UIC serves as the primary educator for Illinois' physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare providers.

First founded as the poly-technical branch of the University of Illinois System in 1867, the college initially consisted of the Chicago-based health colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. As medical education and research dramatically expanded in the succeeding decades, the government called for the establishment of an undergraduate Chicago campus in 1935. After World War II, UIC was housed on Navy Pier to accommodate primarily student veterans on the G.I. Bill. Known as "Harvard on the Rocks," the University of Illinois at Chicago finally moved to its current location and merged into a major Carnegie research institution by 1982.

Not only has the U.S. News and World Report recognized UIC as the 128th best college and 63rd top public school in the entire nation, but the Times Higher Education places the university as the 11th best in the world among those less than 50 years old. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), the University of Illinois at Chicago offers 74 bachelor degrees, 77 master degrees, and 60 doctoral degrees through its 15 colleges. The highest ranked programs are in business administration, education, engineering, medicine, chemistry, clinical psychology, criminology, nursing, pharmacy, and public health.

As a truly global institution in which more than one-third of UIC students speak English as a second language, there are more than 200 student organizations and volunteer groups to connect students from around the world on-campus. Nicknamed the Flames in reference to the Great Chicago Fire, the University of Illinois at Chicago sponsors varsity teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball for competition in NCAA Division I Horizon League. Some of the most notable former Flames include architect Michael Turnbull, model Megan Hauserman, actor Justin Hartley, news anchor John Chancellor, novelist Stuart Kaminsky, and MLB center fielder Curtis Granderson.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 16140

Total institution enrollment: 24942

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 Disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607


(312) 996-3000


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 45%

Female undergraduate population: 55%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree, First-professional certificate

Accounting And Finance
Afro American / Black Studies
Applied Mathematics General
Architecture And Related Programs Other
Architecture General
Art History Criticism And Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Art Therapy
Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering
Biology General
Biology Teacher Education
Business / Managerial Economics
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry General
Chemistry Teacher Education
City / Urban Community And Regional Planning
Civil Engineering General
Classics And Classical Languages And Literature
Computer And Information Sciences General
Computer Engineering
Criminal Justice General
Curriculum And Instruction
Dental Clinical Sciences / Graduate Dental
Dentistry Dds Dmd
Design And Applied Arts Other
Drama / Theater Arts General
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Educational Supervision
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Elementary Teacher Education
Engineering / Industrial Management
Engineering General
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
English Language And Literature General
English Teacher Education
Film / Video And Photographic Arts Other
Film Video Making / Cinematography
Finance General
Fine / Studio Arts
Foreign Languages Teacher Education
Forensic Technology / Technician
French Language And Literature
French Language Teacher Education
Genetics Plant And Animal
Geological Engineering
German Language And Literature
German Language Teacher Education
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Health And Physical Education General
Health Occupations Teacher Education
Hispanic American Studies
History General
History Teacher Education
Human Resources Management
Industrial / Manufacturing Engineering
Industrial Design
Italian Language And Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems And Business Data
Material Engineering
Mathematical Statistics
Mathematics And Computer Science
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Clinical Sciences Ms Phd
Medical Dietician
Medical Illustrating
Medical Pharmacology And Pharmaceutical
Medical Records Administration
Medical Technology
Medicinal / Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Medicine Md
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiology / Bacteriology
Music General
Nursing Administration Post Rn
Nursing Psychiatric / Mental Health Post Rn
Nursing Rn Training
Nursing Science Post Rn
Occupational Therapy
Pharmacology Human And Animal
Pharmacy B Pharm Pharm D
Pharmacy Other
Physical Therapy General
Physics General
Physics Teacher Education
Physiology Human And Animal
Political Science And Government General
Pre Dentistry Studies
Psychology General
Public Administration
Public Health General
Public Policy Analysis
Rehabilitation / Therapeutic Services Operations
Russian Language And Literature
Slavic Languages And Literatures
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Urban Affairs / Studies