The College of Engineering consists of six academic departments offering 10 undergraduate majors. As the only public research university offering engineering education in Chicago, the College of Engineering prepares students for classroom and career success and its strong ties to the Chicago engineering community ensure that UIC students become experts in engineering fundamentals and emerging technology. UIC engineering faculty are leaders in their respective fields and serve as teachers, faculty advisers, and mentors to undergraduate and graduate engineering students.

Whether you are a high school senior, a student hoping to transfer to UIC, or a college graduate pursuing an advanced degree, the UIC College of Engineering faculty and staff are here to assist you! Below you will find information regarding our undergraduate and graduate programs, admissions, transfer guides and our recruitment page which will provide information on upcoming events and help coordinate your visit to our campus! Best wishes on your academic endeavors and we hope to see you at the UIC College of Engineering.

The UIC Office of Admissions is responsible for evaluating all undergraduate student applications, and your first step is to complete The Common Application with the UIC Supplement. Select “Engineering” as your choice of programs.

Application and credentials deadlines are subject to availability of space and may change without notice. For further information visit the UIC Office of Admissions & Records.

At the UIC College of Engineering, we strongly emphasize preparing our students for successful and meaningful careers and pride ourselves on providing talented students who are energized, focused, and will make great candidates to fill a company’s short and long-term project needs.

Guranteed Paid Internship Program (GPIP)

Incoming first-year students students seeking admission to the College of Engineering who are recent high school graduates or who have earned less than 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of credit at another collegiate institution are classified as new freshman and must meet the entrance requirements to the college that are specified for new freshmen. The College of Engineering recommends that each new freshman complete a strong high school mathematics curriculum that includes algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Admission priority is given to Illinois residents. Applicants who are not Illinois residents may be admitted only after review by the college.  

As a new freshman applicant you must:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development Test (GED)
  • Complete the American College Test (ACT) or the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or Scholastic Assessment Test I(SAT-I)
  • Present a satisfactory combination of class rank and test scores
  • Satisfy the high school subject pattern requirements listed below

High School Subject Patterns for Beginning Freshmen (1)

These subjects help insure that the beginning freshman is best prepared to enroll in required courses. A unit represents a high-school-level course covering an academic year. Students who do not meet these course pattern requirements but meet all other requirements will have their applications reviewed. (2)

Subject Units
English (3) 4
Algebra 2
Geometry 1
Trigonometry 1/2
Science 3
Social Studies (4) 2
Electives (5) 2
Flexible academic units (6) 1 1/2
Other 1


(1) These subject pattern requirements are in compliance with Public Act 86-0954, which defines the minimum high school requirements for admission to public colleges and universities in Illinois.

(2) GED Scores do not satisfy these requirements. GED graduates should also submit transcripts for any high school studies completed.

(3) ESL courses that appear on high school transcripts will be accepted as regular or college prep courses only if the high school identifies ESL courses as equivalent to regular high school English courses. Applicants whose ESL courses are not considered by their high schools to be equivalent to regular English courses will have their applications reviewed by the college of their choice provided they present the minimum acceptable test scores and class rank.

(4) One unit must be American history plus one unit of history,government, psychology, economics or geography.

(5) Foreign language, music vocational education, and/or art.

(6) Additional English, math, laboratory science, social studies, foreign language, music, and/or art.

1) Transfer, readmit, and second bachelor’s degree applicants may apply for Fall or Spring;

2) Non-degree applicants are not accepted.


1)Transfer applicants are encouraged to complete 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of transferable work at the time of enrollment and are advised to complete the equivalents to UIC courses Math 180, 181, 210, 220, English 160, 161, Physics 141, 142 and Chemistry 112;

2) Computer Science majors should have 10 semester hours (15 quarter hours) of lab science;

3) Exceptions to the recommended semester hours and courses can apply for transfers from ABET-EAC/CAC accredited programs. See course catalog for course descriptions.

All Majors Except Computer Science

Coursework recommended at time of application:
English Composition I; Calculus I, II, III; Physics I; Chemistry I or Physics II.

Coursework recommended at time of enrollment:
English Composition I and II; Calculus I, II, III; Differential Equations; Physics I and II; Chemistry I.

Computer Science majors only

Recommended Transfer Requirements at time of application:
English Composition I; Calculus I and II; 5 hours of Lab Science.

Recommended Transfer Requirements at time of enrollment:
English Composition I and II; Calculus I, II, III; 10 hours of Lab Sciences.

Major Code Name of Major
20FQ0408BS Bioengineering
20FQ0300BS Chemical Engineering
20FQ0106BS Civil Engineering
20FQ0109BS Computer Engineering
20FQ0112BS Computer Science
20FQ0115BS Electrical Engineering
20FQ1217BS Engineering Management
20FQ0121BS Engineering Physics
20FQ0127BS Industrial Engineering
20FQ0133BS Mechanical Engineering

UIC Financial Aid and Scholarships

Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA)

Presidents Award Program - (PAP Scholars Program, PAP Honors Scholars Program, PAP STEM Initiative) Consideration for PAP awards begins after a student is admitted to the university. Students do not apply directly to the program and there are no supplemental forms or materials to submit. Students meeting the stated criteria receive an individual review by the President’s Award Program selection committee and will be notified by mail.

College of Engineering

Women in Engineering Scholarships

UIC Engineering Excellence scholarships

Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions

For engineers, the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions initiative allows a limited number of highly-qualified first-year students to be admitted to UIC with guaranteed admission to a PhD program in engineering, providing they meet college coursework and performance criteria.

Honors College

The Honors College is a home for students seeking extra intellectual challenge as well as campus and community engagement. Honors students enjoy such benefits as: small class sizes, leadership opportunities, Honors housing, undergraduate research, scholarships and a Faculty Fellow. You may apply to the Honors College when you are submitting your application to UIC.

UIC - North Park University Dual Degree Program

You will be immersed in the world of engineering from your first semester, spending time at both North Park University (NPU) and the College of Engineering (COE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Most of years one, two, and four will be spent at NPU, completing Core Curriculum and physics courses. Years three and five, as well as two to three summers of classes and research, are spent primarily at UIC. During year three, you’ll choose either a civil or mechanical engineering track.

Throughout the dual-degree program, you’ll meet with a faculty advisor at NPU who will help guide you through the program, ensuring you complete necessary coursework on time and with success.

Based on the agreed articulation agreement, courses taken from NPU during this dual degree program will be accepted as trasnfer credit towards the UIC Engineering degree and courses taken at UIC will be used as transfer credit at NPU in order to facilitate the receipt of both degrees.

Guaranteed Admissions Transfer

A partnership between City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) and the University of Illinois at Chicago to support Chicago’s students. The GAT program offers guaranteed admission into the College of Engineering after taking courses in consultation with CCC and UIC school officials and maintain a 3.00 GPA.

Transfer Admission Guarantee

The TAG program is a partnership between specific Illinois Community Colleges and the University of Illinois at Chicago that offers a guaranteed transfer pathway to the College of Engineering. TAG offers certainty to parents and students who want to transfer to UIC rather than attend as first year students.


Frequently Asked Questions


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