Why choose the UIC Honors College?

The Honors College offers you the advantages of a small college with the opportunities of a large research university.

The UIC Honors College fosters a community of academic excellence, connects students with premier faculty, and promotes civic engagement and leadership opportunities. As a member of the Honors College, you will be a part of this community of exceptional students who engage in academic endeavors starting in the classroom and extending beyond the campus.

The Honors College will provide you with a nurturing and collaborative educational environment to explore issues in-depth through special projects and classes. Every semester, you, as an Honor student, will engage in an honors activity, designed to enhance your academic growth and independence.

Opportunities include:

Honors coursework
Undergraduate research
Study abroad
Senior capstone experience

Faculty Advisors

One of the biggest benefits of membership in the Honors College is access to mentoring by UIC faculty. At the end of freshman year, you will be assigned a fellow – a faculty member who is a leader in your field. You can expect your faculty fellow to serve as an honors advisor, as well as a career mentor.

Fellows also encourage and act as advisors regarding participation in departmental honors programs. Your fellow can guide you in important directions – they know the career outlook in their fields, the resources of their departments, and the procedures for preparing for graduate study.

In addition, the Honors College professional advising staff ensures that you understand the requirements of your college major and honors work and addresses your questions.

Dr Bottoms discussion with students

Academic Resources

As a member of the Honors College, you will benefit from personalized advising.  With a low student-to-advisor ratio, you can build one-on-one relationships with faculty and professional advising staff.

Burnham Hall, the Honors College’s home, houses an array of facilities to meet your needs as an honors student, including a computer lab, student lounge and tutoring center.


The Honors College offers several merit- and need-based scholarships for honors students. Scholarships are available also available to support undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities. In addition, UIC’s Office of Special Scholarship Programs assists students in applying for nationally competitive scholarships, providing information about awards, advice on application preparation, and assistance throughout the application process.

Students during graduation

Student Life

Honors College students are active in campus life and assume leadership roles in campus organizations.  You will have an opportunity to participate in any of the many student groups sponsored by the college, including:

  • Honors College Advisory Board
  • Red Shoes Review, a literary journal
  • Society of Future Physicians
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Journal for Pre-Health Affiliated Students
  • One World, a global issues magazine

As an Honors College student, you may elect to live in specially designated Honors Housing, designed to build a sense of community among scholars and foster learning outside of the classroom

Look to the Future!

Our graduating seniors tell us that the greatest benefit of having participated in the Honors College is the satisfaction they have from knowing they’ve applied themselves and worked as hard as they could. In return, they reap the rewards of having excelled as undergraduates. The Honors College will keep you focused on the future: a competitive edge for graduate school, professional school, and the best jobs after graduation. Prospective employers and admissions committees know that as an Honors College graduate, you are a motivated self-starter who goes beyond minimum requirements. The Honors College provides a community of motivated students whose mutual support helps them meet their goals.  

For more information

See our printable handout. Email us at hcollege@uic.edu or call us at (312) 413-2260.