Mind & Spirit

College Guide: University of Illinois at Chicago

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University of Illinois at Chicago (Public/Four-Year)

1200 W. Harrison St., Chicago, Ill.
www.uic.edu

As a major research university in the heart of Windy City, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) provides a world-class education for its students. Its commitment to creating and disseminating new knowledge as a university is raising its national and international stature.

UIC is the largest university in the Chicago area, with more than 27,000 students and 15 colleges, including the nation’s largest medical school. The university serves students of many needs, offering some 79 bachelor’s degree programs, 88 master’s degree programs and 63 doctoral programs, in addition to various professional degrees and certificates.

Working at one of the leading research institutions in America, UIC faculty members make new discoveries daily and lead their fields in innovative ideas. Nearly 1,300 instructional faculty members provide hands-on learning opportunities, at a rate of about one professor for every 17 students. About 75 percent of tenured faculty members teach undergraduate courses, and 83 percent of full-time instructional faculty members have earned a doctorate or equivalent degree. They’re the sort of classroom leaders fighting inner-city violence with programs like CeaseFire, and discovering new ways of reducing HIV infections.

Faculty and students are changing communities through the Great Cities Institute, which, since 1993, has helped students and faculty members to research and engage tough urban issues.

Students, too, are leaders in their fields, and are getting noticed. In the past five years, they’ve racked up 21 Fulbright, 10 Goldwater and three Gates-Cambridge scholarships. Those same bright students are also incredibly diverse; UIC is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. In fact, nearly a third of students speak English as a second language. The UIC College of Medicine, the largest medical school in the country, graduates more African-American physicians than any other public university.

Those 17,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate and professional students keep busy with their studies, but have ample opportunity to build leadership skills while engaging with their community outside the classroom. Students can join more than 200 student organizations, sports clubs, volunteer groups, Greek chapters and other associations on campus.

Sports are important at UIC, and the UIC Flames compete in 18 NCAA Division I sports, including basketball, cross country, track & field, swimming, gymnastics and soccer. Those teams have won a total of 38 conference championships, and myriad other top finishes. For those who want to stay active, but don’t want the NCAA experience, there is an abundance of intramural teams and sports clubs.

Students can engage with their world through more than 200 study-abroad options on six continents, an important option in an increasingly global society. It’s another chance for students to immerse themselves in international cultures. ❚

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