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Know your deadlines
Don’t wait until the last minute to apply! Start early and give yourself plenty of time to collect all your materials.

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.

Check your requirements

Freshmen: 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.

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)
• No more than 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) from a two-year college or university

UIC Transfer students: You’re considered an intercollege transfer student if you are currently enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We have rolling admissions into the Nutrition Science Program for Intercollege Transfer applicants. Complete the intercollege transfer application form.

• Minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for science and prerequisite courses

All international students: If English isn’t your native language, you might need to take a minimum English proficiency test. Check out the international requirements to see if this applies to you.

How we evaluate
Freshmen applicants are evaluated based on the UIC entrance requirements. Transfer applicants are evaluated based on the UIC transfer requirements.

An understanding of the role of the dietetic professional and their role in the health care system, community and beyond, combined with volunteer experience in the field of dietetics can strengthen your application.

Freshmen applicants

When you apply as a freshman, you’ll need to submit your transcripts and two essays. If you’re applying to the Honors College or GPPA, you’ll also need two letters of recommendation. Get started on those now! Refer to the UIC Application Tips page for all the specifics.

Your application essays and recommendations are an opportunity to make your application stand out. Start early so you have enough time to meet deadlines.

ACT/SAT scores are required for all freshmen applicants. Scores can be sent electronically from the testing service or as part of your high school transcript. Student copies and other unofficial score reports are considered self-reported.

Transfer Students

Transfer students require submission of transcripts. Submit transcripts from each university and college attended, even if you only took one course there. These must include all coursework through the current fall semester.

Request that the registrar at each school you have attended send a copy of your transcript directly to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions (MC 018)
University of Illinois at Chicago
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60607-7161

Submit a transcript for any course work completed after your application is submitted. This is required even if the courses do not satisfy program prerequisites. To determine your cumulative grade point average, coursework completed during the most recent term will be included. Be sure to request the most recent term completed.

International students

You might have a few extra things you need to provide. Read through the International Requirements page to make sure you have everything you need.

If English is not your native language, you might need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the exam of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the PTE-Academic. Check out the international requirements page to see if this applies to you.

Scores must be submitted to UIC directly using the institutional code 1851.

Evidence of financial support

If you require an F-1/J-1 visa, you must submit evidence of financial support through a notarized Declaration and Certification of Finances form and Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Affidavit of Support Form (I-134) executed by the sponsor; or a notarized affidavit of support executed by the sponsor.

Any of these forms must be notarized and accompanied by a copy of a bank statement showing proof of sufficient funds in U.S. dollars. Checking accounts are unacceptable.

Evidence of immigration and naturalization service documentation

If you’re granted immigrant, permanent resident, temporary resident, refugee, parolee or conditional entrant status, you must attach a clear photocopy (front and back) of your Alien Registration Card and/or other appropriate INS documentation. Be aware that submission of these copies is no guarantee of their acceptability. Additional documentation and/or review of original documents may be required.


Nutrition Science applicants

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • ACT/SAT test scores (Freshmen only)

Official UIC application

The application process is paperless. Please don’t mail any materials unless told to do so. Documents that you will upload must be in PDF format, no larger than 5 MB in size. “Portfolio” PDFs and secured PDFs which require a password are not compatible with our system.

Submit your UIC application online via the UIC website—follow the instructions listed there. There is a non-refundable application fee of $60 for all applicants.

You don’t have to enter and submit all application information in one sitting. You can return to the system as many times as you need to. You can also return to the system checklist as often as you like to see what materials have been uploaded and verified as received.

Once you finalize and submit your application, the system will send you further instructions (typically on the next business day) on how to upload supplemental application materials.

Think about funding

Student financial 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.

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.

After a decision has been made

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

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