Student Life at UIC Business

At UIC Business, we believe learning can occur anywhere—not just in the classroom.

Students are exposed to faculty-hosted field trips, corporate visits, events, volunteer opportunities and even team-building relay races. This well-rounded curriculum is designed to help students build soft skills such as leadership, teamwork and networking, as seen in our Professional Development Program.

A Day in the Life of a UIC Business Student With Saskia Simorangkir

Cohort Program

Four young female students sitting around a table with laptops and notepads in front of them, laughing and smiling at each other.

With unique features such as smaller class sizes, First-Year Seminar and Cohort Captains, the Cohort Program at UIC Business addresses the social, emotional, professional and academic growth of our students. From day one, you will feel part of a dynamic college community built for your success.

Smaller Class Sizes

Students will take many of their required first and second year business courses within a cohort of approximately 60 students. Our smaller class sizes will ensure that you establish a solid academic foundation in the business curriculum and engage more easily with your peers and faculty.

Cohort Success Team

A Cohort Success Team composed of dedicated academic and faculty advisers, a career coach and a peer mentor will serve as your support network at UIC Business. You will meet regularly with members of your team and always know whom to contact with questions.

First-Year Seminar

In your First-Year Seminar, you will learn about majors and careers, campus resources, student organizations, and academic success strategies. You will finish the course with the knowledge you need to successfully plan your college program and prepare for your future business career.

Cohort Captains

Cohort Captains, who are junior and senior UIC Business students, will serve as peer mentors and build community through cohort activities, academic support sessions and social media. By engaging with your cohort, you will quickly develop new friendships and feel at home at UIC.

In Their Own Words

Bruna Tavares, Cohort Captain, BS '21

“Being in a cohort not only enriches your academic experience but also your entire student journey at UIC by allowing you to build meaningful relationships with your classmates. You’re not only a part of a great
community but also have amazing academic and career support behind you that’ll set you up for success at UIC and beyond!”

Bruna Tavares  |  Cohort Captain, BS '21

In Their Own Words

Members of the Flames Consulting Group

“The most rewarding aspect of being involved in a student organization is that you will get the opportunity to interact with your peers who have similar aspirations and a chance to build professional relationships adding immense value to the learning experience.”

Adit Bhagat  |  Senior IDS/Finance Major

Getting Involved

Business Ambassadors

The Business Ambassador Program was developed with Dean Mikhail’s mission in mind to activate our brightest student leaders in support of UIC Business outreach opportunities.

As Business Ambassadors, involvement includes participation in both recruitment and events as a representative of UIC Business, often as the first point of contact for potential students, parents and other friends of the college. For questions and more information about the Business Ambassador Program, please contact Joey Maman, Lead Academic Advisor.


The UIC Business Alumni Network is 37,000 strong. Each year, they hold events so that students can make the powerful connections they need to succeed in the business world. Donors support our hard-working students through scholarship and mentorship opportunities.

In Their Own Words

Student members of the Business Student Advisory Board

“Take advantage of the opportunities you have with student organizations not only to advance and learn more about yourself but also to connect with other students. Get involved!”

Bruna Tavares  |  Junior Marketing Major

Additional Learning Opportunities

Students already admitted to UIC Business should head to for next steps and upcoming events.

The Business Learning Center

The Business Learning Center is a space designed by and for business students. It is a place for students to meet, study and share ideas. The Business Learning Center hosts monthly workshops and offers tutoring sessions for anyone who needs a little help with their classes. Students are encouraged to utilize the Business Learning Center to meet and connect with their classmates. For more information, please contact Liz Sady, Director of Advising.

Living Learning Communities (LLC’s)

Living and Learning Communities (LLC’s) at UIC attract high-achieving students and provide specialized attention for an enriched educational experience. Partnering business students experience a sense of community through programs, conversations, and faculty interaction centered on core business skills.

Business Connnect

As a UIC Business student, consider this site a resource for key academic, career and campus information. As a supplement to your professors and advisers, Business Connect is here to help you succeed with your academic goals, enhance your experience as a UIC Business student and help facilitate a successful future beyond your time on campus.

Students already admitted to UIC Business should head to Business Connect for next steps and upcoming events.