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University of Illinois Chicago is a public university, the largest in the city with a student population of over 33,000 enrolled divided into 15 different colleges.

An institution with ancient origins that was born from the union of several health colleges when in 1913 several institutes of the city were incorporated under a single name: Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy. Hence the history of UIC, which has always been oriented towards the medical-scientific-health sector: today, in the sector, it is considered one of the most important programs in the States for investments in medical-scientific research.

An ancient, historic and excellent university that currently sees among the most popular Majors: Psychology, Biology, Computer Science Finance and Nursing.

In addition, according to the website UIC is ranked 58 out of 589 as the Best Colleges for Kinesiology and Physical Therapy in America and 65th out of 695 in the Best Colleges for Criminal Justice in America ranking. Not bad!

The campus is a large and diversified structure, ideal for enabling students not only to study, but also to live the university experience between sport, culture and fun.

The East area is home to most of the classrooms, the Credit Union 1 Arena and the Student Center East. To the west, we find The Health Sciences Colleges and Medical Center, as well as other accommodation facilities: also here the West Student Center, a building where students are staying. In the southern part, on the other hand, there is space for shops, markets but also sports facilities, the main conference center and the area of The Isadore & Sadie Dorin Forum: a multipurpose structure.

But it doesn’t end there. Speaking of life on campus, we cannot fail to mention the UIC Theatre, the Richard J. Daley Library, the Sport & Fitness Center or the Student Recreation Facility. The Rebecca Port Faculty-Student Center Cafe, in University Hall, is the main café on campus.

The city is beautiful

Chicago is simply one of the largest metropolises in America, one of the most fascinating cities in the States. Once nicknamed the “city of skyscrapers”, a record stolen from NYC, it is full of places of interest.

Let’s start from Lake Michigan, due to its size it could almost be defined as a sea. One of the first places to visit. This is followed by Millenium Park, the largest park in the city, and Michigan Avenue, the shopping street, one of the busiest places. Other points of interest? The Lincoln Park Zoo, The Rookery – one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in the city built in 1888 by architects Daniel Burnham and John Root. The John Hancock Center, a scenic spot with a breathtaking view of the entire city, is not to be missed. Also note Willis Tower, Michican Avenue Bridge and the characteristic area of Andersonville.

Finally, the long pier of Navy Pier, together with the Art Institute and Buckingham Fountain (a splendid fountain built in 1927) could complete your tour.

On a sporting level, the university’s most popular disciplines are basketball, soccer, baseball, and volleyball, and they compete in NCAA Division 1. Flames student-athletes have achieved a school record of 93 percent graduation rate, according to the latest research conducted by the NCAA. With a two-point increase from last year’s record of 91 percent, it marks the seventh consecutive year that UIC has increased the rate of graduate student-athletes (from 82 percent in 2016 to 93 percent this year).

Speaking of volleyball and the current season, the UIC Flames were ranked #3 in the conference. Their season run ended with a 3-0 win over the #2 Drake Bulldogs (26-6, 16-2 record) in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Championship.

In 2021, UIC (20-11,13-3 record) won the Horizon League Conference for the first time in history. After that, they made their first historic appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

In 2019, they made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the Horizon league conference.

Reference and technical guide, symbol of UIC, is certainly coach Justin Ingram, on the bench since 2017, he made history with the victory of the conference in 2021. Among the Sportlinx360 student-athletes at UIC we find Liza Garrido Schwartz, Argentine center, born in 2001 of 188 cm who, after some important experiences with the national youth team of her country, chose to continue her sports career as an academic at the University of Illinois Chicago.