University of Illinois-Chicago Review

The University of Illinois-Chicago is a strong choice for students who want to study nursing or health information management online. Although their tuition rates are a little higher than other schools, so are their student graduation rates.

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The Good

High student retention and graduation rates:

The University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) has shown exceptional success in graduating online bachelor’s degree students. According to U.S. News & World Report’s most recent survey of online bachelor’s degree programs, more than 90% of all students who enrolled in a UIC online bachelor’s program during the last four years continued into a second year of study. Additionally, more than 80% of UIC online students went on to complete their degree within three years. Both success rates rank the school among the top performers in online education.

Expertise in online health education:

Although UIC only offers two online programs at the bachelor’s degree level, including a nursing program and a health information management program, it offers many other health-related online programs at the master’s degree, undergraduate certificate, and graduate certificate levels. UIC’s embrace of online health education has resulted in a deep investment in online course development in the nursing and applied health sciences departments. Courses make use of rich multimedia content and collaborative technologies to help you more fully engage with the course material, with your classmates, and with your instructors. Along with the course delivery technology, UIC also provides the technical and administrative support you need to excel.

Helpful resources for online students:

If you’re new to online study, you’re sure to appreciate the depth of resources UIC offers to help you learn the ins and outs of online courses. Organized into a single online location called UIC Online, everything you need is right at your fingertips. You can learn about technical requirements for accessing lectures, course materials, and discussion forums, and find tips on valuable study skills for distance learning. You can also learn how to access the UIC library’s distance lending program, I-Share, and its e-book lending program, Ebrary. While most online programs offer information on these kinds of topics, UIC Online makes it easy to find and access this helpful information whenever you need it.

Small class sizes:

All UIC online courses are limited to no more than 20 students. Although you don’t have to worry much about crowded classrooms as an online student, you should be concerned about whether your instructor has enough time to give you personal attention. With a strict limit on class size, you can be confident that instructors at the University of Illinois-Chicago have the time to help you master the coursework and excel in your studies. In comparison, other universities offering similar degrees allow as many as 30 students into each online course, which is sure to limit the attention instructors can offer to each individual student.

The Bad

Only degree completion programs available:

Both of the online bachelor’s programs offered by UIC are designed for students who have already completed significant coursework at the college level. If you do not have the required education, you need to consider degree programs at other universities. The bachelor’s program in health information management requires a two-year associate’s degree in a healthcare, business, or information technology discipline. The bachelor’s program in nursing requires that students have completed 57 credits of prerequisite coursework and hold a valid registered nurse (RN) license. Although an associate’s degree is not strictly required for the nursing program, most enrolled students enter with an associate’s degree in nursing.

High tuition for out-of-state students:

The University of Illinois-Chicago is among the more expensive options if you live outside of the state. The school charges out-of-state students $650 per credit, which ranks behind most other schools offering similar online degrees. For example, Bellevue University offers a degree completion program in nursing with tuition rates of $375 per credit for both in-state and out-of-state students. A similar program at Graceland University-Lamoni costs $495 per credit. That said, if you are an Illinois resident, UIC is much more competitive at $494 per credit.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2007-2008
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Application Requirements: Essay, Transcripts
  • Location: IL
  • Number of Bachelor's Programs: 2
  • Region: Midwest
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (Per Credit)

  • In-State: $572
  • Out-of-State: $572


  • Degrees: Health Information Management, Nursing

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average Student Age: 32
  • Gender Ratio: 85.6% female, 14.4% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 20
  • Total Enrollment: 139


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 4 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 14
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 17

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 90%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 95%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2012): 96%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 95%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2009-2010): 100%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2010-2011): 88%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2011-2012): 83%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2012-2013): 98%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 125
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 52/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 1
  • Student Engagement Score: 100/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 105
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 49/100

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