The Honors College enhances opportunities for intellectual challenge and leadership by fostering a community of academic excellence, connecting students with premier faculty mentors, and promoting civic engagement. By bringing together exceptional students, faculty members, and staff, the Honors College is a destination for advanced intellectual growth and a foundation for lifelong learning.
Each term, Honors College students are required to complete an honors activity, which enriches their experiences at UIC. Students must also maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.40/4.00. During each semester of the freshman year, students enroll in an interdisciplinary honors core course, which completes the honors activity requirement and fulfills University degree requirements. These courses are taught by faculty members from various departments and address significant themes in general education. In addition, freshmen may opt to take additional honors courses in a wide range of subjects such as calculus, economics, art history, chemistry, and so forth.
Honors College students appreciate the availability of facilities reserved exclusively for their use, including a computer lab, social and study lounges, and photocopying facilities. They also enjoy events, such as student-faculty luncheons, monthly socials, and the annual Honors College Ball. Honors College students produce a college newsletter (Ampersand), and a number of other publications, including an undergraduate literary journal (Red Shoes Review), pre-health professions journal (Journal of Pre-Health Affiliated Students), and global issues journal (One World). Honors College students also receive extended library privileges.