In a Word

See your word in lights

Contest Open to Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni.

Please describe the UIC experience in a word. That word, however, must include the letter “O.” Please reference the photo to understand how the ads will appear on the billboard. The word should contain only one “O.”

Remember we are not only trying to attract prospective students, but we want to instill pride in our 309,000+ proud alumni. You may enter as many times as you want as long as you submit a different word each time. 

A total of two winners will see their word in “lights” and made into a digital billboard message during the week of Memorial Day and 4th of July. Each winner will also receive a UIC swag bag filled with goodies such as a T-shirt, leather-bound UIC writing journal, ID holder just to name a few items.

Submission Deadline

May 19, Midnight
For Memorial Day Week, May 31-June 7

June 16, Midnight
For 4th of July Week, June 28-July 5

For duplicated word submissions, one winner will be randomly selected by a member of the Strategic Marketing Communication team.

Winners will be notified by email.

If you have any questions, please email Steven Johnson at:

Please use the form below for your submission:


In a Word Contest

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