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How to Apply

We appreciate your interest in our programs and look forward to reviewing your application. Whether you’re applying as a freshman, transfer, international or inter-college student, the information listed below will assist your application to our college. Should you have specific questions, please feel free to contact the college recruitment team at 312.413.9427 or

Admission to the college is selective and competitive. All students must apply to the UIC College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts via the Common Application (for first year students) or the UIC Transfer Application

Fall 2021 applications are closed for all undergraduate degree programs in the School of Architecture and the School of Design.

Test-Optional Choice for First Year Applicants through Fall 2024
In response to the continuing challenges in standardized test administration, UIC has implemented a test-optional policy for First Year applicants during the 2023-24 admissions cycle.

Applicants who have SAT or ACT scores may still submit them if they choose. More information about our application process is available on UIC Admissions’ First Year admissions requirements and Test Optional FAQ pages.

Please visit COVID-19 Impact on UIC Admissions for the latest details regarding application deadlines and information. 

For first year students the average GPA for admitted students ranges from 3.1–3.7; the average ACT composite score ranges from 20–27.  

For transfer students the minimum GPA is 2.75; the average GPA for admitted students ranges from 2.8–3.5. 

Applications are evaluated by holistic review based on the following factors: Application, GPA, SAT/ACT Score, Transcript (must be official), Personal statement(s), recommendation letters and other materials.*

*Recommendation letters may not be required. Individual programs may require additional essays, auditions, interviews, or portfolios.

Due to the high demand for limited spaces in the college’s programs, it is recommended that applicants submit their application as early as possible. All admissions decisions are final.

A portfolio is not required for program acceptance in the School of Art & Art History, the School of Architecture, or the School of Design.

An audition is required in any area of study in the School of Theatre & Music (including Music Business). 

An interview and portfolio presentation is required for any student seeking to study Theatre Design, Production, and Technology. 

Learn more about Theatre Audition Requirements.

Learn more about Music Audition Requirements. 

For a full list of undergraduate admissions requirements, please visit UIC Admissions

Spring term enrollment is only open to applicants in Art History, Theatre, and Music.

Information about your declared academic program of study is available at

The Office of Student Financial Aid provides a wide range of financial services designed to help students and their families meet the cost of attending UIC. Other scholarships and assistance opportunities can be found at the Office of Special Scholarship.

CADA Arts Talent Tuition Awards are available to students in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts. Contact your school or department for application information.

Nondiscrimination Policy

At UIC, we’re proud of our tradition of welcoming students from every ethnic and racial group, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical condition, and age. We’ve been recognized as one of the most diverse colleges in the U.S. But what really matters is the way diversity supports and enriches our students’ lives.

The commitment of the University of Illinois to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms. The University of Illinois will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran and will comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in the University programs and activities.

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