Talented High School Student Program

The Talented High School Student Program (THSSP) is designed for students who excel academically in high school and have exhausted their school’s course offerings in a particular subject. It is an opportunity for qualified high school students to continue their studies in a discipline while also receiving college credit. Students are responsible for their own tuition, fees and other charges related to taking courses at UIC.

The initial inquiry for participation in THSSP should come from the student’s high school, where school personnel must indicate that the interested student has run out of viable course options at the high school and is a strong candidate for college level work in a specified discipline.

Interested students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to participate in the program:

1. An ACT composite score of at least 25 (or the equivalent SAT score)
2. Rank in the upper 10% of student’s school class
3. Be at least 16 years of age

For information and to make initial queries, please contact:

James Lynn

Formal applications will need to include the following:

1. A complete application for admission
2. A letter of recommendation from a high school principal, counselor or teacher
3. An official copy of their high school transcript, including the most recent rank in class and scores on either the ACT or SAT
4. A one-page personal statement discussing the student’s qualifications to undertake college-level work. Please also include which courses the student is interested in taking at UIC.

Applications must be submitted by the following dates: May 15 for the Fall semester; September 30 for the Spring semester; and February 15 for the Summer semester.

The program application can be obtained by contacting James Lynn, Director of the UIC Office of High School Development, using the contact information above.

Current tuition and fees for the THSSP.

THSSP students typically fall under the Undergraduate In-state, Range III category.