Honors College Uic Essays


Please note that this application is only intended for transfer students who seek admission to the Honors College for the Spring 2018 semester.

The strongest transfer candidates to the Honors College typically have completed 24 semester hours, earned at least a 3.4 GPA, and plan to be enrolled at UIC for at least four semesters (however those with three semesters left will be considered).

How to Apply:

  • 1. Visit the UIC Office of Admissions website for application requirements.
  • 2. Apply to UIC through the transfer application or through the Common Application
  • 3. On the Honors College tab, select “Yes” to apply to the UIC Honors College.

    You will be asked to provide a 500 word essay to answer the following question:

    In its mission statement, the UIC Honors College is described as a community of scholars whose goal is to enrich the educational experience of undergraduates and allow the faculty and students of all disciplines to interact in teaching, learning, and research. How can you contribute to the Honors College community? What benefits do you expect in return?

Please be advised that you are required to submit an Honors College essay at time of application for full consideration.

If you are interested in applying to the Honors College, but have already submitted your UIC Application without indicating that you wanted to be considered for the Honors College, please access a secondary Honors College application through this link.

If you have additional questions, please email us at hcollege@uic.edu.


Spring 2018

  Priority Deadline: December 1, 2017
       Final Deadline: January 2, 2018

Fall 2018

  Priority Deadline: May 1, 2018
       Final Deadline: July 1, 2018

Additional Information for Transfer Applicants:

Learn more about the Honors College curriculum and requirements before applying!

If you are interested in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) or Transfer Merit scholarships please visit our scholarships page.

If you have additional questions, please email us at hcollege@uic.edu.

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. Key benefits of the Honors College include:

  • Small Honors-level courses and seminars taught by premiere faculty
  • Faculty Fellows and Honors Advisors assigned to all students for mentoring and advising
  • Merit and need-based scholarships
  • Engagement in undergraduate research, service, and leadership
  • Ongoing special events and organizations to engage with a community of like-minded peers
  • Special “Honors-only” facilities, including a computer lab, study room, social lounge, and kitchen in Burnham Hall, and optional Honors College Housing

Apply Now!

“I would not be the same person had it not been for the Honors College and its willingness to help students achieve their goals—academic and non-academic.”

  -Ricardo Ramirez, B.A., Psychology, 2017

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