Student Life & Wellness

 

The College of Dentistry and UIC offer many services to support students' academic and personal growth. Here you can find information about academic resources, campus resources, wellness services, and lost & found.

Student Handbook

Please spend some time reviewing your student handbook for detailed information regarding health insurance, support services, and other important campus resources.

Academic Resources

Supplemental Education

The Office of Student and Diversity Affairs coordinates a Supplemental Education Program made available at no cost to students. Students seeking supplemental educational assistance must complete a supplemental educational assistance request form and agreement--forms are available in the Office of Student and Diversity Affairs, room 104. The Office of Student and Diversity Affairs will match qualified COD students as peer educators to assist the student in a particular course. It is the responsibility for the student requesting assistance to schedule the session(s). The sessions may not exceed one hour per week in up to two courses. Peer educators are not always available. The Office of Student & Diversity Affairs will attempt to fulfill every request for supplemental education services.

Students interested in becoming Peer Educators at the College of Dentistry should complete a Supplemental Education Application Form. In order to work as a peer educator, students must have a strong overall GPA (typically, a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above) and have earned As or high Bs in certain courses. Only individuals referred by a course director will be considered. Applicants will be asked to provide references. For more information, contact Millie Mendez in the Office of Student & Diversity Affairs.

For more information, contact Millie Mendez in the Office of Student & Diversity Affairs.

Mentoring Program

The Mentors Program introduces students to dental professionals who are members of organized dentistry. The Mentors Program is a joint collaboration between the University of Illinois at Chicago Dental Alumni Association, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, and the Chicago Dental Society. The program fosters relationships between practitioners and students during their training. This will benefit the future of the profession. It provides an avenue for students to take when looking for additional information, considering career options and seeking opinions from someone who has been there. The Mentors Program also introduces students to the concerns and ideas that will be important in their future careers.

Interested students and practicing dentists complete screening forms. The forms are used to pair students with dentists who will serve as mentors. A dentist is initially paired with two dental students. Participants are asked to commit for two years, though long term informal professional relationships may continue.

The program begins with a dinner where mentors and protgs meet for the first time. From there, participants define how they want the relationship to progress. Several organized social opportunities are offered throughout the year. These organized events should be supplemented with visits to the mentors office to answer the students questions regarding the operation of a private office.

Mentors are also available through College of Dentistry partnerships with organizations such as the National Dental Association and the Hispanic Dental Association. Students should contact Millie Mendez in the Office of Student & Diversity Affairs for information regarding Mentors Programs.

 

Campus Resources

Maps

Download a UIC campus map or visit the College's Directions page, which also includes a list of nearby accommodations.

Housing

While living arrangements are the responsibility of the student, UIC is here to help. UIC's housing website offers information about on-campus housing options, as well as helpful guides for coordinating off-campus accommodations.

I-Cards

Please visit the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs website for information about the campus I-Card, including how to replace one if lost. If you are having trouble with building access within COD, please contact Elnora Cunningham in room 301.

U-Pass & Campus Transportation

As a full-time student, you are provided with a U-Pass which offers unlimited use of CTA trains and buses. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs provides information about the U-Pass, including when and where you can pick it up and what to do if you lose it.

Other transportation services are available through UIC Facilities Management. Please visit their website for a list of services and to reserve vehicles.

International Student Resources

UIC's Office of International Services is available to provide information and support to our diverse international student population. Find out about visas, housing options, social events, and more.

Campus Accessibility

UIC is committed to exceeding legal requirements regarding campus accessibility, whether digital or physical. Please learn more about campus accessibility policies and services.

Office of Access & Equity

UIC's Office for Access & Equity, as part of the Office of the Chancellor, strives to increase access to employment, programs, and services in an environment free of unlawful discrimination and harrassment. Contact this office if you have issues regarding sexual harrassment, equal employment opportunities, or if you are looking for dispute resolution services.

 

Student Wellness

Campus Care

All UIC students are required to be covered under a health insurance plan. All students are automatically charged CampusCare fees unless proof of other insurance is submitted. Please visit the CampusCare website to obtain waiver forms, understand CampusCare benefits, find local pharmacies, and more.

Family Medicine Centers

Two family medical centers are located on the UIC campus to provide many preventative outpatient services. Please visit UIC’s Family Medicine website for more information.

Recreation Facilities

Stay active in UIC’s extensive recreation facilities.

Counseling Center

If you are in need of counseling services, please visit UIC’s Counseling Center. Offering services ranging from stress management workshops to individual and couples therapy, the Counseling Center supports individuals’ emotional development in order to achieve their academic goals.

Campus Safety

It is imperative that each student be mindful of his or her surroundings at all times. Please visit UIC’s Health & Safety page to find tips on how to be safe on campus as well as important phone numbers and protocols.

 

Lost & Found

Lost and found services for personal items and COD equipment are handled by Rochelle Harris in the Dean’s Office. Please visit her in room 102B, email her at rharris@uic.edu or call (312) 996-1018.