The University of Illinois at Chicago, or UIC, is a state-funded public research university located in Chicago. It is the second member of the University of Illinois system and is the largest university in the Chicago area, serving approximately 25,000 students within 15 colleges, including the nation's largest medical school, with research expenditures exceeding $290 million. Playing a critical role in Illinois healthcare, UIC also operates the state’s major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals. UIC is also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
UIC participates in NCAA Division I Horizon League competition as the UIC Flames in several sports, most notably Basketball. The UIC Pavilion is not only the home to all UIC Flames basketball games, it also serves as the home for the Chicago Sky and several concerts throughout the year.
|University of Illinois School of Medicine||Established||1858|
|University of Illinois Navy Pier Campus||Established||1946|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||Established||1965|
The University of Illinois was chartered in 1867 in Champaign-Urbana, as the state's land-grant university. The Chicago-based health colleges affiliated with the University in 1896-97, becoming fully incorporated into the University of Illinois in 1913, as the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. Medical education and research dramatically expanded in the succeeding decades, leading to the development of several other health science colleges, which were brought together as the Chicago Professional Colleges of the University of Illinois. In 1961, these colleges became the University of Illinois at the Medical Center (UIMC).
Classes at the Navy Pier Campus began in October 1946, and approximately 4,000 students enrolled each semester. As Chicago had no comprehensive public university at that time, most students were first generation college students from working families, who commuted from home. Demand for a public university education in Chicago remained high, even after the first wave of veterans passed, so the University made plans to create a permanent degree-granting campus in the Chicago area. After a long and controversial site decision process, in 1961, Mayor Richard J. Daley offered the Harrison and Halsted Streets site, in Chicago's historic Near West Side, for the new campus.
Named the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle (UICC), the new campus opened in February 1965. The Circle part of the name referred to the nearby Circle Interchange.It was designed by the famous Skidmore, Owings and Merrill corporation, a Chicago based architectural firm that is responsible for most of today's tallest skyscrapers. Unlike the Navy Pier campus, Circle was a degree-granting institution. Many of the newly recruited faculty came because it was connected to a strong research university and they pushed for rapid development into a research-oriented school emphasizing graduate instruction. Within five years of the campus' opening, virtually every department offered graduate degrees.
UIC launched its latest initiative in 2000, the development of South Campus, providing increased resident living space and research facilities.
UIC also offers eleven inter-college programs, including the Cancer Center, the Center for Structural Biology, the Neuroscience program, the Council for Teacher Education, the Graduate Education in Medical Sciences, the Guaranteed Professional Programs Admissions program, the Moving Image Arts program, the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, the Office of International Affairs, the Study Abroad Office, and the Office of Special Scholarship Programs.
The university's interim chancellor is Eric A. Gislason. There are seven vice chancellors, one CEO for administrative functions, and fifteen college deans. There is also a library dean and three regional deans for various colleges of medicine.
The University of Illinois at Chicago consists of approximately 25,000 total students, of which nearly 15,000 are undergraduate students. UIC is the nation’s 4th most diverse university. The demographic statistics in 2005 were as follows.
2007 rankings from the Institute of Higher Education in Shanghai placed UIC in 59th-76th place (tied) among universities in North America and in 102nd-150th place (tied) worldwide.
UIC has been publicly recognized as a diverse and welcoming community. US News & World Report repeatedly ranks UIC in the top 10 most diverse universities in the nation. In 2006, UIC was ranked by Advocate College Guide as one of the nation's top 100 GLBT friendly campuses.
In 2008 US News & World Report ranked UIC's undergraduate business program 58th and the undergraduate engineering program 57th in the United States. US News & World Report also ranked UIC's part-time MBA 24th out of over 300 programs nationally and the graduate finance program 19th; undergraduate program rankings were accounting (28th) and finance (22nd). UIC's graduate accounting program was ranked 30th in 2003.
2007 graduate rankings by US News & World Report include :
2008 graduate rankings by US News & World Report include :
The June 2007 issue of the Communications of Association for Computing Machinery published a ranking of graduate computer science programs based on recent scholarly publications. That list ranked UIC 34th, tied with Caltech, among the top 50 U.S. graduate programs. There are approximately 200 US PhD graduate programs in computer science.
The UIC pharmacy, nursing, applied health sciences, public health, social work, and urban planning programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation . The College of Dentistry is one of only two such programs offered in the State of Illinois .
The campus layout is compact and marked by small windowed, concrete buildings. Considerable effort has been expended to modify the original Netsch campus plan to create the feel of a traditional college campus. The area in front of the main administration building, University Hall, has been the site of several costly renovations in the last decade.
The East Campus is a 15-minute walk from downtown Chicago. The juxtaposition of campus and commercial density was a direct result of large-scale urban renewal led by Mayor Richard J. Daley. The proximity to downtown and public transit tends to attract students who want to experience life in a large city but have a typical college campus.
The East Campus is located in the Little Italy/University Village neighborhood of Chicago and just south of Greektown. The nearby neighborhoods contain many shops, restaurants, bars, bookstores, cafés and museums.
The West Campus is home to UIC's health sciences program. The colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Applied Health Sciences and Public Health, as well as the Library of the Health Sciences are all located on the West Campus. The West Campus is in the heart of the Illinois Medical District, where the University of Illinois Medical Center is located.
South Campus sits on the former Maxwell St, another historically important area which UIC now occupies. There are no strictly educational buildings here; South Campus is composed of residence halls, athletic facilities, and a large presentation space (the Forum). The neighborhoods abutting East and South campuses have already gone through the transitional stage with several large-scale developments creating thousands of new residences.
The Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line, part of the Chicago 'L', runs through the median of the Eisenhower Expressway along the north side of the campus. Three Blue Line stations are close to the university: UIC-Halsted, Racine, and Illinois Medical District. The Pink Line serves UIC's west campus on Polk Street and runs directly to Ogilvie Transportation Center.
On the East Campus, Commons West and Commons South are traditional halls with double rooms opening into a common hallway; each floor shares a common bathroom. Courtyard and Commons North are cluster-style buildings with rooms grouped to share a small private bathroom. These four buildings are connected to the Student Center East which houses a cafeteria, the campus bookstore, and the Inner Circle (an assortment of fast food restaurants).
West Campus housing is composed of the Single Student Residence (apartments for graduate students), Polk Street Residence (cluster style rooms), and Student Residence Hall (a traditional dormitory).
South Campus is home to Marie Robinson Hall and Thomas Beckham Hall, both apartment style buildings. In the fall of 2007, James Stukel Towers opened containing suite style rooms with a bathroom and living room.
In keeping with UIC culture, students often referred to residence halls by abbreviations instead of their full names (e.g. "TBH" instead of "Thomas Beckham Hall").
The UIC Student Recreation Facility (SRF) is a state-of-the-art recreational complex for UIC students. Opened in spring 2006, the SRF features a three-story climbing wall; multipurpose courts for games such as basketball, indoor soccer, tennis and many others; and a pool with adjoining lazy river. A few NBA players practiced and worked out at the facility in the summer of 2007 including Eddy Curry a friend of UIC student Wahid Kidwai.
Other amenities include:
UIC is a major part of the Illinois Medical District (IMD). While IMD's billing itself "the nation's largest urban medical district" may be up for debate, the district is a major economic force contributing $3.3 billion to the local economy and supporting 50,000 jobs .
With the major $550 million South Campus expansion now complete, the university has focused its attention on renovating existing facilities on campus. The focus on renovations is in part due to a constrained state budget; state funds for new buildings are currently scarce. Since renovation is less costly, this approach is being used to update facilities.
The first of these renovations included Grant Hall. Lincoln Hall (adjacent to Grant Hall) is now undergoing renovations. These renovations will be 'green' as the renovated buildings will have geothermal power. Fifty wells are being dug 500 feet into the ground, which will provide an energy savings of 20-25%. The buildings are also to be US LEED certified.
The new fascia will be all glass and the buildings will contain state of the art facilities for faculty and students. There are plans to expand the renovation project to every lecture hall cluster if the pilot program is successful.
UIC's team name is the Flames, a tribute to the Great Chicago Fire which started a few blocks east of campus. The mascot is Sparky D. Dragon.
While UIC has traditionally focused on basketball (and ice hockey in the more distant past), soccer and baseball have also had recent successes.
In September 2006, the men's soccer team earned its highest ranking in school history when the SoccerTimes.com College Coaches Poll pegged the Flames at #6 in the country. In November 2006, UIC defeated Western Illinois 3-0 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament before falling in the second round to Notre Dame 1-0. UIC finished the 2006 season as the nation's best defensive squad after allowing a mere eight goals in over 1993 minutes of play during 21 matches for a goals-against average (GAA) of 0.36. The GAA was tops in the nation in 2006 and it also ranked fifth all-time in NCAA history. UIC posted 13 shutouts and never allowed more than a single goal in a match. UIC also allowed just two goals after intermission the entire season. Along with the GAA mark, UIC posted the nation's best save percentage with a 0.908 rate. In 2007, UIC soccer's successful season culminated in an Elite-Eight appearance in the NCAA tournament by way of wins over #12 St. Louis, Northwestern, and #8 Creighton. In a bid for a Final-Four appearance, UIC fell to Massachusetts 2-1. At season's end, UIC had a record of 13-6-6 and was named a top 10 team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
UIC's baseball team has recorded 30 or more victories in 9 straight seasons, won the last 7 Horizon League Championships, and advanced to an NCAA regional in four of the past six years (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008). UIC baseball has recorded regional wins against #1 Long Beach State in 2007 and #2 Dallas Baptist University in 2008.
UIC offers a variety of organizations, including: Greek Life (30), Intramural Sports, Cultural Groups, Student Government, & Religious Groups (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu).
UIC's monthly/weekly events: Friday Night Live, Craftime, Live Events!, Movies!, & Karaoke.
UIC's once-a-semester/year events: Recess (Mini Carnival), Organization Olympics, UIC Fashion Show, Black History Month, Taste of UIC, & Cultural Fest.