The University

The largest University in the Chicago area, UIC has more than 30,000 students, 16 colleges-including the nation’s largest medical school-and annual research expenditures exceeding $335 million dollars. UIC operates the state’s major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals.

A truly global institution, more than a third of UIC students speak English as a second language, and over 50 languages are spoken on campus. There are seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change, and over 375 cultural, religious, social and academic student organizations at the University.

UIC is proud to be recognized as having one of the most ethnically and culturally rich college campuses in America, and is among the top five most diverse campuses in the nation. UIC is a national leader among urban, public higher education institutions in providing access to underrepresented students. UIC has no majority population, and the welcoming environment and diverse student body engender deeper learning and provide new perspectives on life. At UIC, our students experience the strength of multiple voices, cultures, identities, orientations and points of view.

As a Research I Institution, UIC is placed among the top 200 research-funded institutions in the world, leading scholarship in:

  • Alternative, complementary and traditional medicine
  • Biotechnology and biodefense
  • Cancer biology and therapeutics
  • Drug discovery, development and delivery
  • Genomics and pharmacogenomics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Natural products
  • Neuroscience
  • Patient safety