Applying – Visiting Students

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Summer Session Only Application – Who is it for?

The Summer Session Only application is intended for students who want to enroll in undergraduate-level courses for credit during the summer but do not intend to continue their undergraduate studies at UIC in the fall. All visiting students must apply and be admitted nondegree for the summer term only before they can register for courses.

The Summer Session Only application is only valid for enrollment in Summer Session 2014. If you wish to continue your enrollment beyond summer, visit the Office of Admissions Web site for more information on how to apply as a degree-seeking student.

Visiting Student Categories

Select the category below that best describes you for specific application instructions.

 I’m a UIUC/UIS student.

+I’m an undergraduate at another university.

Students interested in taking undergraduate-level courses at UIC for the summer only apply as Summer Session Only students. If you are currently attending another college or university, you must be in good standing at that institution.

You do not need to submit additional documentation (UIC does not require transcripts) – simply submit the Summer Session Only application by the application deadline.

+I’m starting/applying at UIC in the fall.

If you have already applied or been admitted to UIC in the upcoming fall semester as a freshman, transfer, or graduate student, but want to take undergraduate courses during the preceding summer, you will need to fill out the Summer Session Only application by the application deadline. If you still plan to apply as a degree-seeking student for the fall, visit the Office of Admissions Web site for more information.

Summer Session Only students are admitted with a nondegree status so once you’ve completed your summer course(s), you’ll need to petition your college to transfer the credits into your degree program. If you have questions about which course to take in summer, consult a UIC advisor.

Additional information for:

Incoming transfer students – Even if you attend Summer Session, you will still need to submit your Intent to Enroll for the fall semester by the Intent to Enroll deadline.You can contact the Transfer Student Assistance Center if you have any questions regarding your transition to UIC.

Incoming freshman students – Even if you attend Summer Session, you still need to submit your Intent to Enroll for the fall semester by the deadline.

+I’m an international student.

International students attending other U.S. universities can take undergraduate-level credit courses at UIC during the summer but need to fulfill all admissions and eligibility requirements.

  1. Complete the online Summer Session Only application.
  2. Mail the required supporting documents to the Office of Admissions.

Step 1 and 2 both need to be completed by the application deadline.

After you’ve submitted all required supporting documentation, it takes about two weeks for your application to be processed.

If you are interested in taking noncredit English as a Second Language courses only, you do not need to complete a Summer Session Only application. For information about taking ESL courses, visit the Tutorium in Intensive English Web site or e-mail tutorium@uic.edu.

+I already have an undergraduate degree.

If you already have an undergraduate degree but want to take undergraduate courses in preparation for applying to professional degree programs, you can apply as a Summer Session Only student by the application deadline.

+I’m a graduating high school senior.

If you’re a graduating high school senior who wants to get a head start on college by taking a course in the summer, you can apply as a Summer Session Only student.

To be eligible for UIC’s Summer Session, you need to have graduated by the first day of the session that you want to attend (4-week session: May 19, 8-week session: June 16). If you will have completed your high school coursework and finals prior to the start of UIC’s Summer Session, but your graduation date is after the first day of the Summer Session, please contact us for more information.

After completing the online Summer Session Only application, you must submit a letter from your high school guidance counselor stating your expected graduation date. The letter should be written on official school letterhead and needs to include the following information:

  1. Your full name and date of birth,
  2. The name and address of your high school,
  3. Your expected high school graduation date,
  4. Any additional information that your counselor would like to submit in support of you attending UIC’s Summer Session.

Your guidance counselor should fax the letter, along with a cover sheet that has the guidance counselor’s contact information, to the attention of “Jamie Palumbo, Office of Admissions” at (312) 413-7628. The letter must be faxed by the application deadline for the session in which you wish to enroll.

After you’ve submitted all required supporting documentation, it takes about two weeks for your application to be processed.

+I’m a previous Summer Session Only applicant.

When you apply as a Summer Session Only student, your admission is valid only for the summer for which you applied. Even if you previously applied to UIC, you will need to complete a new Summer Session Only application by the application deadline.

+I’m interested in graduate-level courses.

If you are interested in taking graduate level courses at UIC over the summer, use the Graduate Application. Check for the appropriate Graduate Application deadline. If you have any questions regarding the Graduate Application, contact the Office of Admissions by phone at (312) 996-4350

The regular Graduate Application fee does apply.

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Eligibility for Summer Session

You are eligible to attend the Summer Session at the University of Illinois at Chicago if you are a high school graduate or have earned your GED. If you have attended another college or university, you must be in good standing at that institution. Also, if you have previously attended UIC, you must have been in good standing. If you are an international student, please check the international student instructions to find out if you are eligible to apply.

All visiting students must submit the online application for admission to UIC Summer Session before they are able to register for courses in mid-April. Review the visiting student categories to determine if you must submit additional documentation.

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Application Fee

There is no fee for the Summer Session Only application.

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Application Deadlines

There are two different application deadlines for Summer Session, depending on whether you want to enroll in the 4-week session, 8-week session, or both.

Application deadlines

The 2014 Summer Session Only application deadline has passed. Sign up for e-mail reminders to receive updates about Summer Session 2015.

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Application Processing and Decision Period

For most applicants, it takes about two weeks for your application to be processed. If you are an international or high school student, your application will be processed about two weeks after all required supporting documentation has been submitted.

Once the Office of Admissions receives your completed application, they will review it and notify you by mail of their decision. Notice of Admission letters will begin to be mailed to SSO applicants in February. Applicants that are admitted will be mailed registration instructions with their Notice of Admission letter.

Check the Status of Your Application Online

Although you will be mailed an official admissions letter, you can also check the status of your application online using the Login ID and PIN you created when you completed your application. If you forget your Login ID and PIN, call the Office of Admissions at (312) 996-4350.

If a decision hasn’t been made on your application yet, the system may indicate that your application is “Incomplete.” If this message occurs, no action is required on your part unless you are an international applicant or current high school student applicant. If you fall into these two categories, be sure to submit the required supporting documentation.

Please note that if you check your application status online, the system may indicate that you need to provide high school and/or college transcripts. However, Summer Session Only applicants are not required to provide transcripts.

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Financial Aid

If you apply as a Summer Session Only student, you are admitted as a nondegree student and will not be eligible for financial aid through UIC.However, you may be able to use your existing financial aid at UIC over the summer or be eligible for private loans. Visit the Financial Aid page for more information.

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Begin the Application

The 2014 Summer Session Only application deadline has passed. Sign up for e-mail reminders to receive updates about Summer Session 2015.

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Application Tips

If you would like a copy of your application:
Please print out each section as you fill it out. You will not be able to print a copy of the application once you submit it. If you already submitted an application, do not create a new application in order to print a copy. Creating a duplicate application may delay the application process.

Entering data
Please use upper and lower case when entering information. For instance, “JOHN SMITH” should be entered “John Smith” or “163 third street” should be entered “163 Third Street.”

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Application Problems

If you have any questions about the application or encounter any problems, do not create a new application because it can delay the application process. For assistance, you can call the Office of Admissions at (312) 996-4350 or contact the Summer Session Office by phone at (312) 996-9099 or (800) 625-2013 (outside of the Chicago area), or by e-mail at summer@uic.edu.

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