GPPA Application Tips and Information for Fall 2015
Accessing the Application
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, 2014 – GPPA MEDICINE postmark deadline for all application materials
- January 15, 2015 – Postmark deadline for all application materials for all programs except GPPA Medicine
- May 1, 2015 – Intent to Enroll deadline for student acceptance of UIC and GPPA offer
Important Dates to Remember
- August 1, 2014 – Applicants can begin applying to GPPA using the Common Application.
- November 2014 – March 2015 – Undergraduate Admissions decisions sent to applicants.
- November – April 2015 – Interviews conducted by the GPPA program and the Honors College.
- Honors College admissions decisions will be sent to applicants within 2 weeks of their scheduled interview.
- April 1, 2015 – GPPA Applicants will be informed of their admission decision on or before this date.
- You may only apply to one GPPA program.
- You must be a first year applicant.
- Application to GPPA is competitive. The most successful applicants for GPPA 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. A rank in the top 15% or higher is also a criterion that most successful applicants possess, if your high school reports an official class rank.
- Three of our 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.
The GPPA application process has essentially three parts –
- Submit a completed Common Application along with the UIC Supplement.
- In the “Questions” tab of the UIC Members page within the Common Application there is a “GPPA and Honors College” section where you can apply to the GPPA program of choice and to the Honors College, where required. You will also submit your essay(s) in this section.
- For GPPA:
- Complete the GPPA Application Statement. (400 – 500 word limit)
o 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?
- Complete the Honors College statements for those programs that require Honors College membership (Accounting, Dentistry, Education, Kinesiology, Law, Management Information Systems, Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition and Pharmacy). All other programs highly recommend membership in the Honors College (400 – 500 word limit)
o 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?
- Submit two (2) letters of recommendation to UIC.
- 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 Special Programs Unit mailing address.
- Applicants do not need to submit a second set of letters to the Honors College. Letters submitted for your GPPA application will be used by the Honors College to consider applicants for admission.
- 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.
- Completed GPPA Applications will include all the following items:
□ GPPA Application Statement
□ Honors College Application (if applicable)
□ Honors College Application Statement (if applicable)
□ Two (2) Letters of Recommendation sent to UIC
*International or domestic students with international credentials may be required to submit additional materials
*GPPA is a self-managed application process. Applicants are told the following:
- “You, the applicant, are 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 your 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:
Special Programs Unit (MC 018)
Office of Admissions & Records
Chicago, IL 60680-6020