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Admitted Student Information

Stacey Swearingen White, Dean

Welcome to the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago and congratulations on your admission! Joining us as a student will make you part of nearly 100 collective years of promoting just, resilient, and livable communities. We look forward to seeing how you contribute to that mission.

CUPPA’s success is due to our dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni who share our college’s values, vision, and enthusiasm for our mission. You will learn from faculty members with deep expertise and a passion for teaching. Beyond your classes, you will have the opportunity to engage in internships which delve into real-world issues in the communities around us. All of your work will be challenging and fulfilling. Being a member of CUPPA also introduces you to our wide and welcoming network of alumni in local, state, and national government, non-profits, and consulting firms around the nation. It’s a fantastic group – all using their academic foundation to address critical challenges in our cities.

Whether you come from the city, a suburb, a small town, a different state or another country, you will find that CUPPA is about making a difference in our communities, neighborhoods, and cities. We believe in government that serves the people efficiently and in a socially just way. CUPPA prepares the next generation of leaders – people like you – who have a passion to build a better world for everyone.

Let’s get started.

Stacey Swearingen White, Dean

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Congratulations on your admission to the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA)!

The hard part is over (at least until classes begin), so we want to make things as simple as possible for you right now! Use the following as a guide to become a UIC student. And if you have questions, ASK us! We’re here to help, so don’t be shy

CUPPA has a great selection of classes, two majors to choose from, and a variety of minor options. So now what? Take a look at the steps below to see what comes next.


Reservations for New Student Advising & Registration are now open for incoming Fall 2024 students!

Our New Student Advising and Registration session is mandatory for all first-year, transfer, and international students. The purpose of the Advising and Registration Session is to help ensure the academic success of our students by providing information on student resources, university policies and procedures.

During the advising and registration session, you will learn about CUPPA’s degree programs, how to schedule courses, and requirements for your degree program. Follow these steps to get started:

  • Sign up for an advising and registration date by logging in to Portal via iAdvise. Make sure to RSVP early for the best selection of an advising and registration session.
  • Complete any needed placement Tests. Access them via the Portal by clicking on “Placement Tests.”
  • Prepare for your advising session. If you happen to have a specific question(s) for your Academic Advisor, please make a list of them to ask during the session.
  • Make sure you submit all official high school and college transcripts, as well as any AP/IB/CLEP test scores.
  • Sign up for an in-person Orientation date.


Remember you can always Connect with CUPPA’s Undergraduate advising team: ask us questions at