College Entrance Essays Prompts For Uic

Application Guide

GPPA Application Tips and Information for Fall 2018

UIC is a part of the Common Application for Undergraduate Admission! In order to apply to the GPPA programs, all applicants must complete the Common Application, complete the UIC First Year Supplement which includes the GPPA Application and the Honors College Application (where required for GPPA), and submit two letters of recommendation.

Deadlines for Applicants

  • December 1, 2017 – GPPA Medicine deadline
  • January 15, 2018 –Deadline for all programs except GPPA Medicine
  • May 1, 2018 – Intent to Enroll deadline for student acceptance of UIC and GPPA

Applications must be completed by the stated deadline. The application deadline is Midnight Eastern time (11pm Central) on the posted deadline date. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials well in advance of the deadline. Submitting applications during business hours is also recommended so any technical issues can be addressed in a timely manner.

A complete application includes the materials submitted via the Common Application, transcripts, and official test scores. Letters of recommendation may be submitted via the Common Application or sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions (MC 108)
University of Illinois at Chicago
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60607-7161

It is preferred that letters of recommendation are submitted via the Common Application if possible. Letters of recommendation postmarked by the application deadline will be accepted but applicants are recommended to have all letters submitted earlier.

Important Dates to Remember

  • August 1, 2017 – Applicants can begin applying to GPPA using the Common Application.
  • November 2017 – March 2018 – Undergraduate Admissions decisions sent to applicants.
  • November 2017 – March 2018 – Interviews conducted by the Honors College. Select GPPA programs will use this interview in their admissions decisions as well.
    • Honors College admissions decisions will be sent to applicants within 2 weeks of the attended interview date.
  • January 2018 – March 2018 – Interviews conducted by GPPA Medicine and Dentistry programs.
  • April 1, 2018 – GPPA Applicants will be informed of their admission decision on or before this date.

The GPPA Application

A complete GPPA Application consists of three parts:

  1. COMMON APPLICATION – Submit a completed Common Application along with the UIC Supplement.
  2. GPPA & HONORS COLLEGE ESSAYS – In the “Questions” tab of the UIC Members page within the Common Application there is a “GPPA and Honors College” section where applications to GPPA and to the Honors College are submitted. Applicants submit essay(s) in this section.
    • For GPPA: Complete the GPPA Application Statement.  (400 – 500 word limit)

      GPPA Statement: By applying to the GPPA programs, you are applying for a guaranteed seat in one of UIC’s graduate and professional programs earlier than students who apply in a traditional manner. The GPPA program seeks to understand why you have chosen your intended profession and a guaranteed path into it.  What makes you an ideal candidate for guaranteed admission rather than following a traditional path to your intended profession?  How would a guaranteed seat contribute to your goals as an undergraduate?

    • For programs that require Honors College membership (Accounting, Dentistry, Education, Kinesiology, Law, Management Information Systems, Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Pharmacy) complete the Honors College Statement. All other programs highly recommend membership in the Honors College (400 – 500 word limit)
      Honors College Statement: In its mission statement, the UIC Honors College is described as a community of scholars whose goal is to enrich the educational experience of undergraduates and allow the faculty and students of all disciplines to interact in teaching, learning, and research. How can you contribute to the Honors College community? What benefits do you expect in return?
  3. TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION – Submit two (2) letters of recommendation to UIC.
    • You are only required to submit two letters. The maximum is four, but you should prioritize quality over quantity and only ask those who genuinely know you.
    • Letters should be from people who can attest to the applicant’s academic and professional capabilities – family members are not acceptable sources.
    • Letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically via the Common Application system or directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
    • The same letters will be considered for both the Honors College and GPPA. The admission committees for both programs will have access to all parts of your UIC application and can therefore review the same letters.
    • Letters should address the following criteria for a candidate: “Please provide, using specific examples where possible, evidence of this student’s particular intellectual strengths and weaknesses. What distinguishes this student?”
    • The selection committees prefer that recommenders address the student’s experience in the following areas as observed: academic ability, motivation, intellectual curiosity, maturity, responsibility, written expression of ideas, and research aptitude.
    • School Counselor Evaluation forms may also be accepted as a letter of recommendation.

Notes to Applicants

  • You may only apply to one GPPA program.
  • You must be a first year applicant.
    • This does exclude transfer applicants.
    • Application to GPPA is competitive. The most successful applicants have a 28 ACT Composite or SAT Equivalent 1240 or higher. We do not ask for the writing sections of either test and we do not consider SAT Subject tests. Most successful applicants are in the top 15% of their high school class, but this is not required to apply.
  • Three of the GPPA programs have residency requirements:
    • Applicants to Medicine and Dentistry must be residents of Illinois and either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    • Applicants to Public Health must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • All applicants to the Biomedical Visualization program must submit a portfolio. To determine what their portfolio should obtain, applicants should contact John Daugherty at
  • International or domestic students with international credentials may be required to submit additional materials
  • GPPA is a self-managed application process. The applicant is asked to collect and return all required materials. Please note that letters of recommendation will be accepted if mailed by the recommenders or school, but this is not the preferred method and can cause materials to arrive beyond the deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the submission of all required application materials by the stated deadline.

*GPPA applicants should be prepared to provide the following information during the application process:

  • Advanced Placement testing information – subjects, test dates, test scores
  • Special recognition for accomplishments
  • Acquired skills/knowledge (languages, certifications, etc.)
  • List of extracurricular activities (including membership in organizations and work experience) as well as a statement about how these have contributed to the applicant’s professional goals.
  • Parental and sibling information

Complete and submit application materials in advance of the deadlines. When mailing application materials, keep as many items together as possible. Enclose in one large envelope and send to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions (MC 108)
University of Illinois at Chicago
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60607-7161

What to expect on your application

Applicants will be required to complete these items on their Common Application:

  • Common Application Essay. Applicants must choose to respond to one of these five prompts as part of their application:
    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
    • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
    • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
    • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
    • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. 
  • UIC Member Profile Essay. UIC applicants will be asked to respond to a short essay regarding their program of choice or the career fields in which applicants are interested. Applicants to the Honors College or GPPA programs will also be prompted to respond to an essay for each of those programs.
  • Common Application School Report. The Common Application School Report must be assigned as part of the Common Application submission process and should be turned in along with the high school transcripts. Counselors may opt out of the recommendation section on the School Report without having an impact on the application review.
  • Letters of recommendation (required for Honors and GPPA applicants only).  Applications to the Honors College and GPPA require two letters of recommendation. The School Report may satisfy one of those letter requirements provided it includes a full letter. Recommenders must be assigned specifically to each school, so be sure to assign your recommenders to UIC to ensure the letters are delivered.

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