Applications for the nutrition science program are accepted for both the spring and fall semesters. The fall application deadline is February 1st for freshmen and April 1st for transfer students. The spring application deadline is October 1st.

For students currently enrolled in UIC, the application for an intercollege transfer is done on a rolling basis. Please complete the application here and the Nutrition Science program director will be in touch within 10 working days.

Freshmen applicants

You’re considered a freshman if you’re applying while you’re still in high school or you’ve graduated from high school but haven’t attended college yet. You must meet the general UIC entrance requirements.

Apply now. Refer to the UIC Application Tips page for any questions.

Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions

Incoming first-year UIC Nutrition Science students have the opportunity to obtain guaranteed admission into our Accelerated Master’s Coordinated Program through Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA).

Learn more about the GPPA program here.

GPPA Requirements

  • Membership in the UIC Honors College is strongly recommended, but not required. The Honors College Program offers GPPA students intellectual challenges that will help, them prepare for the rigors of graduate studies through focused individualized work on independent projects.
  • Not fall below a 2.75 GPA in any single semester.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA (A=4.0) each semester.
  • Maintain a full-time course load of 12 or more graded (A -F) credits each semester, in addition to any credit/no credit or satisfactory/unsatisfactory credits.
  • Meet with an advisor in the Nutrition Program each year to review your academic progress.
  • Take all prerequisite course work for the Accelerated MS/Coordinated Program at UIC within four years.
  • Have a minimum of 100 hours of nutrition or food related volunteer or work experience, such as in a local food pantry or leadership involvement in the Student Nutrition Association. Students can discuss other opportunities with their nutrition advisor.

Transfer Students

You’re considered a transfer student if you’ve earned 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) or more at another college. You must meet the general UIC transfer requirements.

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for all courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for science and prerequisite courses
  • Good academic standing (cannot be on Academic Probation)
  • Pre-requisite coursework required for admission (grade of B or higher preferred, minimum grade of C or higher required in English Composition I):
    English Comp 1 along with 2 of the following 3 courses:
    • Biology with lab
    • Math (college algebra or higher)
    • Chemistry
  • Use Transferology to find out what courses your credits will transfer over to at UIC.

Refer to the UIC transfer guide for more information.

Additional requirements to become an RDN click here.

Intercollege Transfer Students

The application for an intercollege transfer (students currently enrolled at UIC) is done on a rolling basis. Please complete the application here and the Nutrition Science program director will be in touch within 10 working days.

Requirements for admission into the Nutrition Science program as an ICT applicant are the same as for all transfer students (see above). UIC students must have completed at least one semester of coursework at UIC to apply.

International students

Read through the International Requirements page to make sure you have everything you need.

Think about funding

Student aid can come from various sources. Some scholarships evaluate financial need, so be sure complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) to determine what aid you may be eligible to receive.

First Year and Transfer Application Status

You can check your status online at any time. This will show you a checklist of all your items and if they’re all correct and complete.

Departmental review
The time that it takes for an application to go through the review process varies. After we complete our review of your application, we communicate the recommendations and denials to Admissions and they update the official record. We do this throughout the application cycle.

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Once admissions enters a decision, the application portal updates and you’ll receive a decision by email or mail sometime between March and April for fall admissions and November and December for spring admissions.

If you’ve been admitted
Congratulations! Access our admitted student page to follow up with next steps!

International students: If you’ll need a student visa, you should submit OIS financial documents for the Office of International Services.

If you’ve been denied
Unfortunately, we can’t accept everyone. If you’ve been denied, you’ll be able to put your name on a waitlist. You may also appeal a negative admission decision, although a reversal of an initial decision is unlikely.


We make applying as easy as possible, but we know that the application process can be overwhelming. If you can’t find the answer to your admissions questions here, reach out when you need help.

Kirsten Straughan

Nutrition Science and Nutrition Science/DPD Programs

You can contact Kirsten Straughan at: