Current Undergrad Business Students

Undergraduate Grading Policy Modification for Spring 2021 Courses

Campus leadership has made an important change to the grading policy for fall 2020 and spring 2021. The new policy, which is detailed below, converts all grades of “D” to “Credit,” and all grades of “F” to “No Credit.”

This policy applies to all undergraduate courses and to undergraduates taking graduate courses. Please read through the policy below very carefully and direct follow-up questions to your UIC Business advisor.

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The Student Services team is returning in a hybrid model. Academic Advisers are available in offices on the 11th floor of University Hall Monday – Thursday and virtually on Fridays through the 10th day of the semester. Advising will remaining virtual through September.

From August 23 to September 3, students can schedule a 10-minute Express Advising appointment for quick fall 2021 registration questions.

To shcedule a full  advising appointment visit portal. Click on the “Advising” tab, and then on the iAdvise button. The iAdvise online scheduling tool has the most up to date availability for all advisers.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

Business Learning Center

The UIC Business Learning Center is focused on providing what other tutoring ventures haven’t: A unique on-campus location dedicated to the educational and professional well-being of students from the UIC Business. Here, business students from different backgrounds can convene and share ideas, receive tutoring for their respective majors, congregate for student organization functions and attend career-related events. Our tutors on staff are here to make sure that your needs are fulfilled to the highest standard along with being able to provide answers to some of your professional goals and needs. Tutoring services start on the third week of school for any semester. For questions, please email

Currently, all tutoring appointments will be held virtually. To schedule a virtual appointment, please contact each tutor directly.

Fall 2021 Business Learning Center Tutoring Schedule

ACTG 210, 211 Sagar Patel10 a.m. - Noon11 a.m. - Noon8 - 10 a.m.
5 - 6 p.m.4 - 6 p.m.4 - 6 p.m.
ECON 120, 121 Nha HoangNoon - 3 p.m.Noon - 3 p.m.12 - 12:30 p.m.
ECON 120, 121 Drumil Thakkar8 a.m. - 4 p.m.8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FIN 301, 302, 310Sagar Patel10 a.m. - Noon11 a.m. - Noon8 - 10 a.m.
5 - 6 p.m.4 - 6 p.m.4 - 6 p.m.
IDS 200, 270 Drumil Thakkar8 a.m. - 4 p.m.8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
IDS 270, 355 Nha HoangNoon - 3 p.m.Noon - 3 p.m.12 - 12:30 p.m.
IDS 270, 371, 331 Diem Quynh9 a.m. - Noon9 a.m. - Noon9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
MATH 125, 165 Nha HoangNoon - 3 p.m.Noon - 3 p.m.12 - 12:30 p.m.
MATH 125, 165 Drumil Thakkar8 a.m. - 4 p.m.8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
MATH 125, 165Sagar Patel10 a.m. - Noon11 a.m. - Noon8 - 10 a.m.
5 - 6 p.m.4 - 6 p.m.4 - 6 p.m.

Academic Petitions

You will receive an email confirmation upon submitting a petition. Please save this email as a record of your submission.

Students are responsible for meeting university and college policies, including university deadlines. Students may consult with a UIC Business academic adviser if they have questions regarding any academic policies, requirements, or procedures. All UIC and UIC Business academic policy information can also be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Students are encouraged to regularly check their UIC email for updates and announcements. Additionally, regular review of your degree audit is recommended. Learn more on How to Run an Audit.

Petition requests for an exception to a College policy or requirement are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Student Academic Affairs. Students are expected to have knowledge of and follow the rules and requirements as stated in the UIC Undergraduate Catalog. It is the expectation of the College the students follow university deadlines. It is recommended that students who experience extenuating circumstances that prevent them from meeting a registration revision deadline petition for an exception to a deadline.

Change of Major FormThis petition form is for current UIC Business students, ONLY, to change their major within the College of Business Administration.

If you are not a current UIC Business student, you will need to make your request through the Intercollege Transfer Petition.
Course Overload PetitionUsed to receive permission to take more than 18 hours in a semester and 12 in the summer. Academic history must demonstrate you are capable of handling a heavy course load. A GPA of 3.0 or above is required. Opens the first day of registration for the following term and closes the first day of instruction.
Credit/No Credit PetitionUsed to apply to take a class Credit/No Credit. Please refer to the UIC Catalog for a list of classes that are not eligible. This petition opens on the first day of class each semester and closes on the deadline outlined in the next column.

If you are approved to take a class Credit/No Credit, you cannot rescind your request at any time. Also, courses counting as part of a minor may not be taken as credit/no credit.
Fall/Spring Semesters: 10th day of class

Summer Semester (4 week session): 3rd day of class

Summer Semester (8 week session): 5th day of class
Double Major PetitionUsed for approval of a double major in UIC Business. GPAs (UIC, and cumulative) must be a 3.25 or higher; there are no exceptions.Double majors should be declared by the end of your sophomore year. Students must earn 60 credit hours before applying for the double major.
General PetitionUsed for all miscellaneous requests, or as directed by your academic adviser. This petition is not for waitlists or registration errors.N/A
GPA Recalculation/Grade ExclusionUsed to exclude a retaken course from your GPA. There is no petition to be submitted. Students must meet with an adviser to discuss utilizing this option.

Please refer to the UIC Catalog for further details on the course repeat and GPA recalculation policies.
Late Drop PetitionUsed to drop a course after the add/drop period ends, resulting in a “W” grade. This petition opens when the add/drop period ends and closes on the deadline outlined in the next column. Students are allowed up to 4 late drops during their undergraduate career at UIC.

Please refer to the UIC Catalog
for further details on the late drop policy.
Fall/Spring Semesters: the end of the 10th week of instruction.

Summer Semester (4 week session): Wednesday of the third week of instruction

Summer Semester (8 week session): the end of the 5th week of instruction
Term WithdrawalUsed to drop all registered coursework for the current term. Grades of W that will be received do not count toward the limit of Late Drops allowed.

Please see refund schedule and read more about this policy.
Fall and Spring Semester: End of 15th week (part of Term 1 - 16 week courses);
End of 7th week (part of Term A or B - 8 week courses only)

Summer Semester: By last date of instruction (day before final exams begin).
Transfer Course PetitionUsed to receive permission to take a course outside of UIC and verify course equivalencies and residency requirements. Course equivalencies can be found at Transferology.Before enrolling in the course to ensure the class will transfer in to UIC.
Transfer Credit Petition [Please note that 300 or 400 level accounting courses will be accepted only from AACSB accounting accredited universities.] Used to have an adviser further evaluate transfer credits not applied towards your degree. Credits must appear on your DARS in the “Credit by Petition” section, and you must upload a syllabus and/or a course description for review. As of Spring 2018, each academic college at UIC reviews transfer courses that are housed in their respective colleges. If you are petitioning a course outside of UIC Business, response time may be delayed. N/A


The generosity of alumni, companies and friends is an important part of a UIC Business student’s education. UIC Business offers one application for all scholarships, so students need not apply to each scholarship individually. Students are selected based on the criteria listed under the scholarship details. The 2019 scholarship application deadline is December 13, 2019. Please visit UIC SnAP to apply for scholarships.

  • Accounting: Search for “College of Business Administration Accounting Scholarship Application”
  • General Scholarship: Search for “College of Business Administration General Scholarship Application”

For additional information regarding please College and Campus Honors, Department Distinction, University Honors, and Dean’s List please see the Undergraduate Catalog.


Study Abroad

It is never too early to start planning. Meet with your college adviser to review your four-year plan to see when study abroad might fit best into your curriculum. Studying abroad will not delay graduation. You are physically somewhere else, but because of our course approval process, you can remain on track for graduation. All credit earned abroad is UIC resident credit.

Students must complete a First Step Advising Session before meeting with a Study Abroad Adviser and completing their applications. Formal presentation is 15 minutes, followed by Q&A with a Study Abroad Adviser. You can find more information on studying abroad and managing its costs, including local and program specific scholarships, at UIC Study Abroad.

Alleia James, finance major and UIC Business Scholar

I decided to study abroad because I want to experience an entirely different culture, enhance my cross-cultural communication skills, and refine my Spanish speaking and writing skills. Studying abroad will allow me to broaden my educational and career goals on a global scale and return to UIC to stride into my senior year.

UIC Business Scholar Alleia James says “Hola” to Spain this Summer

UIC Business Writing Reference Guide

The UIC Business Writing Reference Guide provides easy-to-follow instructions for incorporating commonly used business terms, numbers and concepts into your work. This manual is designed to enhance your skills as an effective writer. Review often, as new content will be added periodically.

Writing Guide

Professional Development

The iLEAD Professional Development Program (PDP) curriculum is required of all UIC Business students beginning their first year on campus. Transfer students also have a course specifically designed just for them. The required curriculum is enriched with opportunities that include mock interview practice, seminars, feedback reports and case competitions.

Using improvisational theatre techniques, UIC Business instructors engage students in a variety of experiential learning activities that train students to use their face, body, voice, and emotions to respond spontaneously to situations as they arise. Improvisation teaches poise, focus, and the ability to respond to the unexpected—critical management capabilities. Students practice elevator pitches, interviewing techniques and presentation skills, and learn how to work a room in networking events. Community service projects develop problem-solving and team-building skills while allowing students to strengthen their leadership abilities. Feedback reports, guest speaker events, and targeted workshops provide additional enrichment opportunities.

Required Courses

  • First Year: Introduction to Professional Development
  • Second Year: Business Professional Development II
  • Third Year: Civic Engagement
  • Transfer Students: Professional Presence
  • Graduate Students: Improvisation and Leadership

Enrichment and Research

  • Feedback reports tracking student progress
  • Business boot camps
  • Case competitions
  • Faculty and Executive seminars
  • Mock Interview practice with recruiters
  • Internships focused on developing leadership skills

Service Learning

Service learning allows students to acquire knowledge outside of the classroom as well as apply their classroom knowledge to local agencies that benefit our community. It is a mutually beneficial experience for students and service providers.

Meet the PDP Team

Michael Popowits

Senior Lecturer and Director of Student Professional Development

Guaranteed Admissions

UIC Business offers admissions pathways to five graduate programs that put qualified UIC students on the fast track to admission through the waiver of the GRE/GMAT requirement.

Guaranteed Admissions

Undergrad Student Organizations

At UIC Business, student organizations play a vital role in supporting and enhancing every aspect of the student experience that appeal to diverse interests and issues. From celebrating cultural diversity to offering professional guidance and support, student organizations at UIC Business aim to build a community. They also function as an exchange for both past experiences and new ideas, supplementing the collaborative academic environment. The assortment of academic, professional and industry-specific organizations is open to all students.