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University of Illinois at Chicago- Admissions, Courses, Fees, and More
Basic Information:
UIC is a major research university offering the cultural, business and entertainment opportunities you can only find in a world-class city. As one of the top 200 research-funded institutions in the world, UIC faculty members discover the things that others teach. Choose from 15 academic colleges including the UIC College of Medicine-the largest in the nation-which educates one in six Illinois physicians.

With nearly 2,574 instructional faculty members, there is one faculty member to every 11 students, which allows for a more personal learning experience. What's more, 75 percent of tenured faculty members teach undergraduate courses and 83 percent of full-time instructional faculty members have earned a PhD or equivalent.

16,911 undergrads and 10,669 graduate and professional students make up one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States. Whether living in residence halls, near campus or commuting, there's always something interesting going on, from social events, clubs, sororities and fraternities, to two state-of-the-art fitness centers, and more-not to mention everything Chicago has to offer just minutes away.

Undergraduate Programs:
The College of Engineering at UIC offers an undergraduate degree in bioengineering. The department faculty routinely includes undergraduate students in world-class bioengineering research programs, and maintains strong interactions with faculty in the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, the Department of Biological Sciences, and other engineering disciplines. The undergraduate curriculum includes rigorous training in bioengineering fundamentals, including medical product development, complimented by significant course work in physiology, mathematics and chemistry. Each student must complete a program of required core courses and select an individualized course track in one specialized area (Neural Engineering, Cell and Tissue Engineering, or Bioinformatics) best suited to the student’s interests. The department offers several elective courses to help prepare students for a variety of career paths, including launching start-up companies or careers in industry or consulting.

The UIC Department of BioEngineering has unique resources because of its close affiliation with the clinical and research programs of the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago and the opportunities to intern at major biomedical manufacturers (Abbott, Baxter, Biomet, General Electric, and Siemens, for example) in the Chicago and northwest Indiana areas. Students can easily work at facilities on campus or in the adjoining Illinois Technology Park. Senior design projects, co-op assignments, or academic year internships can also be conducted in Chicagoland biomedical industries.

UIC offers a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. It is a joint program of the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry. It is intended for students planning advanced study in biochemistry or molecular biology, who wish to pursue a medical degree, or who will be seeking employment and careers in biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, or related fields. Students may be advised through either department.

Students can also obtain a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The department boasts many talented faculty who teach courses and welcome undergraduates into their labs who are seeking research experience. Many affiliated faculty in colleges outside of LAS also take students into their labs. The Department of Biological Sciences is one of the largest and most active departments at UIC. Undergraduate and graduate training opportunities are offered in all major areas of biology, including molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, neuroscience, ecology, and evolution. The Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) Initiative ensures that qualified undergraduate applicants gain guaranteed postgraduate admission to medical school or other professional programs.

Undergraduate tuition: $9879/year in-state; $22,172/year out-of-state. Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.

Graduate Programs:
The Graduate Education in the Medical Sciences (GEMS) program is an umbrella program for PhD students, encompassing several departments at the UIC College of Medicine. The GEMS Program offers students integrated training in the biomedical sciences. Graduate programs include the areas of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Neurosciences, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physiology. Students have the flexibility to choose a mentor from among more than 110 funded research faculty in all departments and PhD programs of the College of Medicine. Areas of research excellence within the broader disciplines include Cancer; Development; Gene Regulation; Host-Pathogen Biology; Lung Biology; Molecular and Integrated Cardiac and Vascular Biology; Proteomics, Genomics & Bioinformatics; Reproductive Biology; Signal Transduction; and Virology.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers graduate degrees in three program areas: Ecology and Evolution; Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology; and Neurobiology. Some students also participate in the interdisciplinary doctoral training program in Neuroscience.

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is designed to provide in-depth training and practical research and teaching experience in fundamental life sciences leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Neuroscience. The Graduate Program is not itself a Department but is an interdepartmental program directly administered by the UIC Graduate College. This interdisciplinary program brings together faculty and students from several UIC Colleges and academic disciplines whose research emphasizes cellular/molecular, systems/cognitive, and behavioral/applied approaches to the study of Neuroscience. Faculty from several Colleges and Departmental Programs participate in the Neuroscience Program. These Colleges include: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Applied Health Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, and College of Pharmacy. The faculty also have strong ties to other UIC research centers, including the Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience. Together, these scientists and clinicians advance our understanding of the brain, provide new treatments, and train the next generation of neuroscientists.

The MS and Ph.D. programs in Bioengineering provide training in the research and development of systems using engineering concepts and methods that apply modern technology to problems of living systems and health care.

Many UIC graduate programs also participate in the prestigious NIH-supported Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), a competetive MD/PhD program providing 7 years of support for pursuit of MD and Ph.D degrees in a coordinated seamless experience with the UIC College of Medicine, home of the largest medical school in the country.

Graduate school applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and personal statements are also required.

Graduate tuition: $12,059/year in-state; $22,355/year out-of-state. PhD students are eligible for financial assistance in the form of research and teaching assistantships.

Applied - 14,564
Admitted - 9,151 63%
Enrolled total - 3,115
Full Time: - 3,097
Part Time - 18

Test - 25th % -75th %
SAT Reading - 450 - 600
SAT Math - 500 - 650
SAT Writing - 480 - 610
ACT Composite - 21 - 26
ACT English - 21 - 27
ACT Math - 21 - 27
ACT Writing - 0 - 0

Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate - 79%
4-year graduation rate - 24%
6-year graduation rate - 54%

Undergraduate Programs and Majors:
Bioengineering (BS)
Biochemistry (BS)
Biology (BS)

Graduate Programs:
Anatomy (PhD)
Biochemistry (PhD)
Biophysics (PhD)
Cell and Molecular Biology (PhD)
Genetics (PhD)
Immunology (PhD)
Microbiology (PhD)
Neurosciences (PhD)
Pathology (PhD)
Pharmacology (PhD)
Physiology (PhD)
Ecology and Evolution (MS/PhD)
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (MS/PhD)
Neurobiology (MS/PhD)
Bioengineering (MS/PhD)

Dual Degree Programs:
Guaranteed Professional Program Admission (GPPA- BS/MD or other professional degree)
BS/MS Bioinformatics

Application Deadlines:
Undergraduate: January 31st
Undergraduates should apply via the Common Application:
Graduate: January 1st
Application is available online at:
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