The history of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) dates back to the 1890s, when the private Chicago College of Pharmacy and the Independent College of Physicians and Surgeons became part of the University of Illinois. During the 1940s, the university added the colleges of Nursing and Dentistry, as well as a major teaching hospital.
In 1946, a two-year undergraduate division of the university, intended mainly for G.I.’s returning from World War II, was opened at Navy Pier with some 100,000 students in attendance.
In 1965, the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle campus was opened just west of downtown Chicago. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) was created in September 1982, when the Medical Center and Chicago Circle campuses were merged.
Today, UIC is one of the fastest growing research universities in the country, and is the largest institution of higher learning in the Chicago metropolitan area, with 25,000 students, 4,000 faculty and graduate assistants, and 7,100 additional staff members. The university occupies more than 100 buildings in an area covering more than 200 acres.
For more specific information on UIC’s mission, its administration and more facts, go to the following URL: http://www.uic.edu/homeindex/admin_scope.shtml