Why UIC

UIC ranks 58th among American universities in federal research funding and 47th in funding from the National Institutes of Health.  It thrives in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities.

We house the nation’s largest medical school, operate the state’s major public medical center and serve as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health-care professionals.

Our student body is more than 27,000 strong and is recognized as one of the nation’s most diverse. More than a third of UIC students speak English as a second language. We consider this one of our greatest strengths.

With more than half of all freshman living on campus and 25 percent of students residing in surrounding neighborhoods, UIC has come a long way from its days at Navy Pier, where it served as a two-year undergraduate program to educate returning WWII veterans. UIC as we know it today was formed in 1982 by the consolidation of the Medical Center campus, which dates back to the 19th century, and the comprehensive Chicago Circle campus which, in 1965, replaced Navy Pier.

Why Chicago

Chicago is among the world’s great cities, and is the third largest in the U.S. Its nearly 2.7 million residents are spread throughout more than 100 neighborhoods. And, roughly one in ten of them who has a college degree is a UIC alumnus. Chicago is home to 11 Fortune 500 companies, with another 21 residing in its metropolitan area.

UIC’s 250-acre campus is an oasis within our bustling city, where 5,000 trees surround architect Walter Netsch’s award-winning concrete and glass buildings.

It is situated in the heart of many culturally rich neighborhoods, including Greektown, Pilsen, Little Italy, Chinatown and more. Many UIC students live in Chicago’s popular West Loop area, which borders UIC’s campus.In a city the size of Chicago, there is a multitude of cultural institutions, restaurants, beaches and parks and special events to visit. Thanks to the many CTA bus and el stops on campus, and throughout the city, they are all just minutes away.