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UICAA Year in Review

Year in Review 2021

Your UIC Alumni Association (UICAA) works to provide programming and connections to our 319,000 alumni around the world. Led by the UICAA Board of more than 60 volunteers, the UICAA is a portal for all alumni to engage with the UIC community and each other.

Scroll down for a summary of all we’ve accomplished together and if you have ideas, feedback or would like to be involved, reach us at

WHERE WE ARE Heading link

A map of the United States showing UIC over Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix areas

Top 5 areas/counties

  • Chicago, Naperville, Elgin: 230,224
  • Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim: 4,735
  • New York, Newark, Jersey City: 3,648
  • Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale: 2,835
  • San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward: 2,774


  • 34,199 We broke our enrollment record for the seventh consecutive year.

  • $ 446 M Our sponsored research funding is our highest ever.

  • $ 40 M Single largest gift in UIC history from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Her gift impacts internship opportunities, food security and scholarships for student success.


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  • Top 25 Public University by Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.
  • Top 30 Ethnically Diverse and Economically Diverse and No. 10 for Social Mobility by U.S. News and World Report 2021 Best Colleges.
  • Top 10 Best Value colleges in the nation by Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.

ALUMNI AT WORK Heading link

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  • 1 in 13 college degree holders in Cook County is a UIC graduate.
  • 1 in 3 Illinois doctors were trained at UIC.
  • 1 in 11 Chicago Public Schools principals were prepared for their position at UIC College of Education.


A UIC student in graduation cap and gown taking a photo with a Subway employee at the Subway sandwich shop.

At graduation #UIC alumnus returned to the Subway to thank and take a picture with the woman who helped him out during his student days.

Marc DeMory and Amina Zara get engaged on UIC campus.

#UIC sweethearts Marc DeMory and Amani Zara got engaged on campus at the very bench where they met seven years ago. Congrats!

Students in graduation cap and gown hugging each other at the ceremony.

Last week, thousands of 2020 and 2021 #UIC grads visited campus for an in-person graduation experience. Congratulations, graduates!


We produce two issues of UIC Magazine every year. The stories highlight UIC excellence and alumni who make us proud. Want to receive a digital copy of UIC Magazine? Update your info here.

We also keep our alumni informed throughout the year through the UICAA eNewsletters. From upcoming events, UIC news highlights and ways to volunteer, it is your source for the most up-to-date information. Want to make sure you are receiving it? Update your information here and read the newsletter here.

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Alumni Admissions Program


In the inaugural year, more than 175 alumni volunteered to inspire admitted students to choose UIC. Of the more than 1,750 students contacted between March–April 2021, more than 200 students enrolled at UIC. Interested in becoming an Alumni Admissions Volunteer? Fill out this form to learn more.

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Convocation and New Student Welcome


Adrian Villarreal BA ’17, MEd ’21, member of the Student & Recent Alumni Engagement Committee, and Gabriela (Arroyo) Iniguez BS ’19, recorded videos on behalf of UIC alumni welcoming new students to the Flames family during UIC’s Virtual Convocation program. The videos, one in English and the other in Spanish, provided messages of support, pride and excitement for UIC’s newest future alumni.

Virtual Gradfest 2021

Virtual Grad Fest


UICAA hosted a fall and spring Virtual Grad Fest, an interactive experience exclusively for the graduating class. Facilitated through a free app, graduating students learned about alumni benefits and resources while completing tasks and challenges. More than 1,300 graduating students participated and completed more than 17,500 tasks.

UIC Connected


More than 1,500 alumni and 600 students are already networking on UIC Connected, a virtual network exclusive to the UIC community that was launched in April 2021. UIC Connected offers our community a place for mentorship, networking and career growth. Log in or join now.

Alumni Exchange


More than 4,750 alumni and friends participated in one of our 37 Alumni Exchange programs during the last year. The UICAA Alumni Exchange is a series of virtual events that brings news, knowledge and entertainment to help alumni learn, grow, connect and even escape from the everyday. To join us for one of our upcoming programs and see the current schedule, visit this page.

Two students smiling on campus. One is wearing a cap and gown.

Alumni Affinity Networks


In June 2021, the UICAA Board approved the UICAA’s first Alumni Affinity Network, Umoja: Black Legacy Alumni Coalition. Umoja means “unity” in Swahili. The group will create community for and provide networking to UIC alumni of Black and African American heritage, support student recruitment and retention, honor history and build traditions.

To build on alumni connections to UIC, we created the Alumni Affinity Network program, which deepens alumni relationships with each other and UIC through a common connection, for example, identity or location. For more info, please contact us at

Golden Grads wearing golden colored caps and gowns

Golden Grads


In December 2021, UIC continued its tradition of honoring Golden Graduates, alumni celebrating 50 years since graduating. Class of 1971 graduates were invited to participate in a virtual gathering featuring a walk down memory lane and a special performance by UIC’s student acapella group, Downtown Voices. Learn more.



UICAA Board was established in the fall 2020 to advise and support meaningful alumni engagement that connects UIC alumni to one another and the university. Sixty-two alumni volunteer leaders on the board help support student success, encourage connections among alumni and promote advocacy that drives forward the mission of UIC. Scroll down to meet some of our volunteers and learn about our six board committees. Learn more or volunteer.

Leadership Committee Heading link

The Leadership Committee is composed of alumni who serve in various leadership capacities across the UICAA Board. It sets the overall direction and focus for the UICAA Board and conducts the business of the board in the intervals between board meetings. The Leadership Committee members are visible key stakeholders and provide leadership and vision for the UICAA.

Outreach Committee Heading link

The Outreach Committee connects alumni with their closest affinity, or interest, to UIC and identifies opportunities for alumni to connect to UIC at every life stage after graduation.

Student and Recent Alumni Engagement Committee Heading link

The Student and Recent Alumni Engagement Committee advises on programming specifically designed for students and recent alumni to engage with the UIC alumni network, from convocation to graduation and beyond.

Awards and Nominations Committee Heading link

The Awards and Nominations Committee identifies and selects UIC Alumni Awards recipients, the highest level of alumni awards given at UIC, and manages the recruitment and selection process for the UICAA Board.

Alumni Advocacy Committee Heading link

The Alumni Advocacy Committee advocates on behalf of the university and represents UIC priorities to government entities. It coordinates the recommendations for nominations to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and works closely with UIC Government Affairs to advance UIC legislative priorities.

Alumni Career Services Committee Heading link

The Alumni Career Services Committee advances traditional and web-based engagement pathways to career services for UIC alumni. This includes the Alumni Coaching Network, mentoring and networking programs and life-long learning opportunities for UIC alumni.

Throughout the year, committee members dedicated approximately 650 volunteer hours advancing the mission of the UICAA. Thank you for your service!