New program offers tuition-free UIC undergraduate degrees for exceptional students

CME students on a bridgeBeginning in fall 2019, exceptional high school students will have the opportunity to be selected for a tuition-free undergraduate experience at UIC. Applicants to the College of Engineering are eligible for this new scholarship, called the UIC Chancellor’s Fellows Program.

This scholarship helps to make an excellent engineering education accessible to more students, which is one of the College of Engineering’s top priorities. Students who are eligible for the Chancellor’s Fellows Program also receive priority consideration for admission to the UIC Honors College.

UIC Chancellor’s Fellowship eligibility

The Chancellor’s Fellows Program is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:

  • First-time college students with a minimum unweighted high school grade point average of 3.8 and a minimum SAT score of 1360 or minimum ACT score of 30.
  • Illinois residents who are also U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens and who come from families with a household income no greater than six times the federal poverty rate, as indicated in the relevant AIM HIGH legislation
  • High school valedictorians, without reference to grade point average and standardized test scores


To be considered for the Chancellor’s Fellows Program, students must apply to UIC by the university’s November 1 early action deadline.

To apply to UIC, visit the undergraduate admissions website.

UIC Chancellor with studentsWe want these accomplished students at UIC because of the exceptional dedication and discipline they have shown during their high school years. We are thankful to state officials for providing the resources to retain these excellent students in Illinois and help them realize their dreams. This program provides support for top Illinois high school students to take advantage of the excellent education and the diverse environment of UIC.

Michael Amiridis, UIC Chancellor