Students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year

The information below will be important in preparing to join the graduate program. To get a closer look at the school--including our facilities, studios, faculty, and more--visit this page.


Information from UIC Admissions

The School of Architecture recommends applicants for admission, and the Graduate Admissions Office makes the final admission decision. After you've received an admission recommendation letter from the School of Architecture, you should wait to receive a final decision from Graduate Admissions. For admitted students, Graduate Admissions' Newly Admitted Students Page provides much of the relevant information you'll need to prepare for the fall. We encourage you to read it carefully! You will also receive important communications from various offices within the University. Pay attention to these and act on them accordingly.


Admitted Student Open House Week: March 29 - April 2

All admitted students are invited and encouraged to attend our Virtual Open House Week. Throughout the week, students will have various opportunities to learn more about the graduate program and the School of Architecture community through virtual panels, opportunities to observe classes, and other special events. Learn more and register on the event page.


Reserving Your Spot

To confirm your place in the incoming class of graduate students, you must submit an Intent to Enroll form and non-refundable $300 tuition deposit by April 15, 2021. The intent to enroll and payment form will be available in each admitted student's applicant portal in the coming weeks. The tuition deposit will be applied to your fall semester tuition balance at the start of the semester.


Fall 2021 return to campus

UIC is preparing for a return to in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester with the expectation that a significant portion of the university community will be vaccinated by that point. While we cannot yet make definitive plans, we expect that the majority of fall 2021 instruction for graduate architecture students will occur in person with continued adherence to required health and safety protocols. Graduate students are also expected to have access to the School of Architecture building, including the graduate studio and lab facilities. Updates from the university will continue to be posted at We will share more specific updates from the School of Architecture as we solidify our plans in keeping with state and local guidance.


My.UIC Account

You will need to activate your my.UIC account. This will require your university ID number (or UIN) and an activation token, which you should have received via email during the application process. Your UIN can also be found in your applicant portal.


Final Transcripts

If we have not yet received official and complete transcripts from your undergraduate degree or other prior education, you will need to submit these by mail to the Office of Admissions at the following address:

Attn: Official/Final Credentials
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, MC 018
University of Illinois at Chicago
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1130
Chicago, IL 60607
Check your applicant portal to confirm whether you need to submit an official transcript.

Tuition and Aid

Information about aid awarded by the School of Architecture was included in acceptance letters. For admitted students who have submitted a FAFSA, details about potential federal aid will be available from the Financial Aid Office after March 8, 2021. Additional information about tuition rates, School of Architecture aid, and outside sources of funding may be found on our Tuition and Fees page.


Visa Process for International Students

Students who will be attending UIC on a student visa must submit the necessary documentation to the Office of International Services (OIS). Information about the process can be found on the OIS website. All required documentation should be submitted through your applicant portal. Questions about the I-20 and visa process should be directed to OIS at or 312-996-3121.



Graduate students who wish to live on campus should submit a housing application as soon as possible. UIC also offers some resources and tips for off-campus housing.


Student ID Card

UIC's university ID cards are called i-cards. You will be able to obtain one from the university ID Center after you have registered for classes for the fall semester. Visit for more information about how to obtain your i-card.


Technology Requirements 

Requirements for incoming architecture students can be found here: Software + Laptop Requirements.


Mandatory Pre-Fall Workshops

Three-Year MArch students: Our Graduate Design Workshop will take place August 9-18 from approximately 10am-6pm each day (excluding Saturday and Sunday). It is mandatory for incoming three-year MArch students. A registration form and $500 workshop fee will be due July 1, 2021Register here

MS Students and Advanced Standing MArch students: Our Platforms workshop will take place from August 9-18 for approximately 3 to 4 hours each day (excluding Saturday and Sunday). It is mandatory for MS and Advanced Standing MArch students. A registration form and $500 workshop fee will be due July 1, 2021. Register here

MAD-Crit students: There is no required workshop for incoming MAD-Crit students.


Class Registration and Orientation

In early summer, all incoming students will receive an email from the Graduate Academic Advisor with information about which classes to register for and how to do so. A mandatory School of Architecture orientation will take place during the Graduate Design and Platforms workshops in August.


COVID-19 Vaccinations

Vaccines are now available on UIC's campus for all admitted UIC students. All members of the UIC community are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. Learn more about scheduling a vaccine appointment.



Contact your Graduate Academic Advisor, Gwen Fullenkamp, at