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Chances of getting into University of Illinois at Chicago

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
72.7%
Admission Difficulty for University of Illinois at Chicago
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into UIC and can I get accepted? The school has a 73% acceptance rate ranking it #45 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 16,501 out of 22,696 applicants were admitted making UIC a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 49 percent. University of Illinois at Chicago typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of Illinois at Chicago is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UIC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1030-1260
Applicants Submitting SAT
76%
SAT Scores for University of Illinois at Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for University of Illinois at Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1260
Average SAT Score 1150

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Illinois at Chicago?

University of Illinois at Chicago typically prefers applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 910. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1150 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 76 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Illinois at Chicago admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1260 and Above Good >82%
1145 to 1260 Avg + 73%-82%
1030 to 1145 Avg - 61%-73%
915 to 1030 Reach 48%-61%
Less than 915 Low <48%
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UIC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
41%
ACT Scores for University of Illinois at Chicago
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for University of Illinois at Chicago
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UIC?

Admission data indicates that UIC regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 41 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Illinois at Chicago.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Illinois at Chicago admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >83%
24 to 28 Avg + 73%-83%
21 to 24 Avg - 63%-73%
18 to 21 Reach 52%-63%
Less than 18 Low <52%
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UIC GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.29
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into University of Illinois at Chicago?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into UIC. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Illinois at Chicago was 3.29 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #32 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UIC accepts 73% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Illinois at Chicago students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 14% Good
3.50 to 3.75 18% Good
3.25 to 3.50 20% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 24% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 22% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

62% of University of Illinois at Chicago freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Illinois at Chicago students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 24%
Top 25% of class 62%
Top 50% of class 92%
Bottom 50% of class 8%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Illinois at Chicago admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,748 9,948 22,696
Accepted 9,565 6,936 16,501
Acceptance Rate 75% 70% 73%
Enrolled 2,419 1,988 4,407
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 29% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Illinois at Chicago is $60.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Illinois at Chicago and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Illinois at Chicago Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Illinois at Chicago
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=145600 IPEDS survey data for University of Illinois at Chicago.

FAQs

Does University of Illinois at Chicago prefer SAT or ACT?

76% of students submit their SAT scores to UIC. 41% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Illinois at Chicago?

73% of those who apply are granted admission to UIC. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Illinois at Chicago?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1260. 76% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Illinois at Chicago?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. 41% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.