Welcome to UIC

The University


UIC provides the broadest access to the highest levels of intellectual excellence. UIC's mission is:

  • To create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.
  • To provide a wide range of students with the educational opportunity only a leading research university can offer.
  • To address the challenges and opportunities facing not only Chicago but all Great Cities of the 21st century, as expressed by our Great Cities Commitment.
  • To foster scholarship and practices that reflects and responds to the increasing diversity of the U.S. in a rapidly globalizing world.
  • To train professionals in a wide range of public service disciplines, serving Illinois as the principal educator of health science professionals and as a major healthcare provider to underserved communities.

History and Overview

The University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area with 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Through its 15 colleges and professional schools, UIC offers 75 undergraduate, 85 master’s, and 61 doctoral programs in architecture, art, applied health sciences, business administration, dentistry, education, engineering, humanities, mathematics, medicine, movement sciences, nursing, performing arts, pharmacy, public administration, public health, sciences, social sciences, social work, and urban planning. The University’s programs are enhanced by a variety of research centers and institutes that cover areas such as community improvement, developmental disabilities, energy, gerontology, robotics, urban economic development, and urban transportation. UIC consistently ranks among the top 50 out of more than 637 national universities in federal research funding.

In 1946, an undergraduate division of the University of Illinois was established at Navy Pier. This facility, renamed the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, moved to its present location in 1965, when it opened its doors as a four-year university. By 1982, it had grown to include eight academic colleges offering degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The University of Illinois at Chicago was formed by the consolidation, in the fall of 1982, of the two Chicago campuses (formerly known as the University of Illinois at the Medical Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle) into a single institution of higher learning. The University’s facilities for medical instruction date back to 1894, when the Chicago College of Pharmacy became the School of Pharmacy of the University of Illinois. In 1897, the independent College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago became the ‘‘Department of Medicine’’ of the University; in 1901, the Columbian Dental College became the University School of Dentistry; and in 1925 the University Hospital opened. Programs in nursing education under University auspices began in the 1940s, becoming the School of Nursing in 1951 and, in 1959, the College of Nursing. Other health sciences units of the University of Illinois at Chicago include the College of Applied Health Sciences, the School of Public Health, and over 50 clinics and research facilities. A new $60 million University of Illinois Hospital was completed in 1981.


The University of Illinois at Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In 2007, NCA voted to continue accreditation of UIC for the maximum period of 10 years. The next comprehensive evaluation of UIC is scheduled for 2016–2017. Verification of accreditation status is available in the Office of the Chancellor (312) 413-3350.

In addition to institutional accreditation, certain individual programs are accredited by the following organizations:

College of Applied Health Sciences

Biomedical Visualization (MS)
Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI)
P.O. Box 1897
Lawrence, KS 66044
(866) 393-4264
Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

Human Nutrition – Coordinated Program (MS)
Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE)
American Dietetic Association
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600 x5400

Occupational Therapy—Professional (MS)
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda, MD 20824
(301) 652-2682

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
(703) 706-3245
E-mail: accreditation@apta.org


College of Architecture and the Arts

Architecture (MArch)

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
1735 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 783-2007

Graphic Design (MFA)

Industrial Design (MFA)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 437-0700


College of Business Administration

Accounting (MS)
Business Administration (MBA)
Business Administration (PhD)
Management Information Systems (MS)
Management Information Systems (PhD)

Real Estate (MA)
AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 769-6500

College of Dentistry

Dental Surgery (DDS)

Commission on Dental Association (CODA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-2500

College of Education

Education-Urban Education Leadership (EdD)
Instructional Leadership (MEd)
Special Education (MEd)

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777
(866) 262-6663
Note: The ISBE approves programs for certification.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Psychology (PhD)
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 336-5500

College of Medicine

Medicine (MD)

Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association
Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 828-0596
American Medical Association
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 464-4933

College of Nursing

Nursing Science (MS)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-6791

College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy (PharmD: Doctor of Pharmacy)

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 664-3575

School of Public Health (SPH)

Public Health (DrPH)
Public Health (MPH)
Public Health (MS)
Public Health (PhD)
Healthcare Administration (MHA)

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
800 Eye Street, NW, Suite 202
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 789-1050

Public Health—Industrial Hygiene (MS, MPH)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 347-7700

Jane Addams College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
1725 Duke Street, Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-8080

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Public Administration (MPA)

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
1029 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 628-8965 

Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP)

Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)
122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL  60603
(312) 334-1271


Board of Trustees and Administrative Officers

Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

Ex Officio Member: Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois
Frances G. Carroll
Karen Hasara
Christopher G. Kennedy
Timothy N. Koritz
Edward L. McMillan
James D. Montgomery
Lawrence Oliver, II
Pamela B. Strobel
Carlos Tortolero
Roshina Khan, Student Trustee, UIC
Charles Olivier, Student Trustee, UIS
Daniel Soso, Student Trustee, UIUC



Michael J. Hogan

Paula Allen-Meares

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
R. Michael Tanner

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services
Mark Donovan

Vice Chancellor for Development
Penelepe Hunt

Vice Chancellor for External Affairs
Warren K. Chapman

Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
John Loya

Vice Chancellor for Research
Joe G. N. Skip Garcia

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Barbara Henley

CEO, Healthcare System
John J. DeNardo


College of Applied Health Sciences

Charlotte (Toby) Tate

College of Architecture and the Arts

Judith Russi Kirshner

College of Business Administration

Michael Pagano (Interim)

College of Dentistry

Bruce Graham

College of Education

Victoria Chou

College of Engineering

Peter C. Nelson

Graduate College

Henri Gillet (Interim)

Honors College

Bette L. Bottoms

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dwight A. McBride

College of Medicine

Joseph A. Flaherty

Regional Dean, College of Medicine at Peoria

Sara L. Rusch

Regional Dean, College of Medicine at Rockford

Martin Lipsky

Regional Dean, College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign

Bradford S. Schwartz

College of Nursing

Terri E. Weaver

College of Pharmacy

Jerry L. Bauman

School of Public Health

Paul Brandt-Rauf

Jane Addams College of Social Work

Creasie Finney Hairston

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Michael Pagano

University Librarian

Mary Case