Undergraduate Admissions

"Vanity Today" by Olivia Arduini

Applications are submitted to the UIC Office of Admissions.   


1.)  Apply to UIC through the Common Application.

If you are admitted to the Art Foundation program, you will have a portfolio review at the end of the first year. Once you have passed the review process, you will then enter into the sequence of courses required for the BFA Art. Please do not send a portfolio with your application.

2.) Arrange for your academics to be sent to the University: 

  • High School students: official transcript, test scores( ACT or SAT), Common Application School Report.
  • Transfer students: official transcript from all colleges and universities attended.

  • International students: you must also take and submit your TOEFL score.

  • Admission is based on a combination of ACT/SAT score, high school GPA, class rank, and personal statement.


Transferring from other universities, colleges or institutions:

Admission is based on GPA from the transferring institution, and personal statement. Transfer students will be given a Degree Audit Report at orientation which will explain what courses are being accepted for credit. 

Inter-college transfers:

We also welcome transfers from other colleges within UIC. Anyone who is presently a student at UIC and wishing to transfer to the School of Art & Art History must complete an application form. These are readily available in the Student Affairs Office for the school in room 208, Jefferson Hall (929 W Harrison St). Admission is based on GPA, no portfolio will be reviewed. The minimum GPA is a 2.75.

Once accepted (CONGRATULATIONS!), students should carefully read each piece of correspondence they receive. There are several things that will need to be returned to UIC to be fully admitted and to reserve a place at an orientation session.

More questions on how to transfer? Please email the SAAH Academic Adviser, Olivia Jordan, at ojordan2@uic.edu or call at (312) 996-3351 for more information.