Student Support and Advising
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is committed to preparing our students with the knowledge, experience, and confidence for a successful and life-changing college experience. Key to that rewarding college experience is a supportive community that helps guide students.
The LAS Academic Advising Center is comprised of full-time professional academic advisors who are available to undergraduate students.
All students are assigned to an LAS academic advisor and will be a part of that advisor’s student cohort for the duration of their academic career at UIC – from orientation to graduation. Assigning students to a specific academic advisor at the very start of a student’s academic career facilitates a connection between the student and advisor, resulting in a relationship that allows advisors to assist their students as they pursue their academic goals, while also addressing the students’ emotional, cultural, personal, and developmental concerns and pursuits.
Departmental advisors are experts in particular major and minor areas of study. These professional advisors outline major and minor requirements for students, map out plans for the completion of these requirements, assist students with course sequencing for the major or minor, and provide information about internships, undergraduate research, and career options with the major or minor.
Preprofessional advisors are available to assist students who have a declared educational goal in a preprofessional field such as pre-medicine, pre-law, and pre-pharmacy, to name a few. These advisors provide guidance to students through workshops that aid students in brainstorming how their current and future experiences can help them achieve their goals, preparing for the application process, crafting a personal statement, and navigating the letter of recommendation process.
Pre-Health advisors offer specialized advising for students interested in pursuing future professional studies in a variety of health careers. Advisors encourage and support students in evaluating strengths and weaknesses, life goals and their intended career path within individual appointments, small group sessions and workshops. Students will be guided to incorporate prerequisite coursework alongside bachelor's degree requirements to enhance their professional credentials and expand future career possibilities.
LAS students have the benefit of a number of student support organizations, centers, and spaces around campus.
provide tutoring, academic support, and educational resources for all UIC students. The Learning Centers are committed to providing a welcoming environment for all UIC students of all ability levels, and to help students master their coursework.
The Learning Centers include the Writing Center, the Science Learning Center, the Language Studio, and the Mathematical Sciences Learning Center, which all provide tutoring and help with exam preparation.
The Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center supports faculty and staff from the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics in creating interactive learning opportunities for students.
UIC also offers a number of academic resources to enhance student success, including the Academic Center for Excellence, the Honors College, the African American Academic Network, Latin American Recruitment & Educational Services, and many more. To see a full list and learn more, click here.
There are many other university support programs to assist students such as the Disability Resource Center, Women in Science & Engineering, Office of International Services, Counseling Services, the Commuter Student Resource Center, the Gender & Sexuality Center, and many more. To see a full list and learn more, click here.