Illinois Institute of Technology campus

Overview

Applicants
4,403
Acceptance Rate
53%
Average HS GPA
3.98

GPA Breakdown

72%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 730
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
800
with Terminal Degree

587
Men
213
Women
104
Minority
61
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
38%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Biology, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Technical and Scientific Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Engineering-Related Fields

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Optometry Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astrophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Applied Economics
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Political Science and Government
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Sociology


Students Say

Those looking for an easy academic experience will want to look elsewhere, as the Illinois Institute of Technology will “challenge you beyond what you think are your limits, and settle only for excellence.” Students in this Chicago-based school feel like they are “getting a better education here than what most of the country recognizes. IIT does not have the name that many other schools that I applied to do, but the education here is of a very high level.” Those accepted will find themselves confronted with “a lot of hard work to learn a lot of meaningful and useful material,” which contributes to this being “one of the best universities to prepare you for the workforce.” Of course, “success in most courses is highly dependent on how good of a professor you have. This is because sometimes the book does not help.” It’s also because not all professors are created equal. “The good professors here are excellent but not all the professors are good.” While most praise the “fantastic instructors and researchers who care about their students,” many air complaints that “some professors seem to be more interested in research rather than teaching,” saying the lower level professors are “bland” and “not instrumental in exciting the experience.” But the students who have had great instructors say “they take the necessary time to cover complex topics but do not water the material down or go at too slow of a pace. Everyone has helped me tremendously, and I owe my success to them.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


John Calamos
Founder/Chairman/CEO/Co-Chief Investment Officer, Calamos Asset Management

Martin Cooper
Chairman, ArrayComm, Inc.; inventor of the portable cell phone

Craig Donohue
Chief Executive Officer, CME Group Inc.

Martin C. Jischke
President Emeritus, Purdue University

Phyllis Lambert
Founder/Director/Chair, Canadian Center for Architecture

Susan Solomon
Winner of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

Victor Tsao
Snr. VP, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Co-founder/VP/General Manager, Linksys

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
38%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$58,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$95,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$58,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$99,800

Percent High Job Meaning
53%

Percent STEM
69%


Students Say

While still attending IIT, students praise the “many internship opportunities as well as opportunities for networking within [their] community.” The school encourages students to meet with a Career Development Coach sooner rather than later and provides an online job and résumé posting database—Jobs4Hawks—that can be accessed through its extensive Career Services website. Internships and Co-Ops (Cooperative Education, which are multi-semester programs that are work-integrated) are offered to students who meet the general GPA requirements; students are encouraged to attend career fairs to connect with potential internship contacts, which could lead to future employers. Students also cite the school’s “high job placement after graduation.” As one mechanical engineering major puts it, “If you want internships, its almost impossible not to find one. The support for students to get a leg up in the working world after college is one of this school’s strengths, if the student chooses to take advantage of it.” IIT grads who visited PayScale.com reported a median starting salary of $58,300.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Tuition at IIT is $39,691, with an additional $1,360 in fees and an average of $1,200 in books and supplies. Don’t forget to factor in room and board, an additional $10,900. The average freshman total need-based gift aid is $30,527 while the undergraduate total is $28,262. IIT does provide financial aid to international students.

Bang For Your Buck

Students highlight “substantial financial aid” as a key reason for choosing the Illinois Institute of Technology. “The financial aid here is great,” says one electrical and computer engineering major, and 56 percent of IIT students have borrowed through some sort of loan program. For Chicago-area graduating high school seniors, IIT offers the Collens Scholarship, which provides full tuition, books, and fees to an academically qualified and dedicated student. Incoming first-years may apply for the Duchossois Leadership Scholarship, which seeks extraordinary young people who will work across disciplines at IIT to further leadership goals. These scholarship recipients are awarded full tuition, a room and board allowance, and a summer educational experience. Other students praise the school’s generous Presidential Scholarship.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,136

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,733

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,001

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,569

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$30,527

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,991
Foreign Countries Represented
74

Demographics

13.00%
Asian
5.85%
African-American
15.53%
Hispanic
32.57%
Caucasian
4.28%
Unknown
26.48%
International

30% female
70% male
21% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Students Say

Those who go to IIT put their coursework above all else. “The typical student here is extremely hard working. Nothing takes precedence over school work, and for the average student studying takes up a majority of their time.” Indeed, “the typical student is a studious and serious nerd who wants to have a highly successful career in their field.” Which isn’t to say that students don’t connect with one another thanks to the burden of their education. Though often “quiet and shy” and “sometimes awkward,” students here are “not opposed to meeting new people or trying new things.” In fact, “it’s very easy for students to find a place where they can fit in, among majors, organizations and clubs, Greek life, or dorm rooms.” This school is “where the nice but nerdy kids from high school go,” and that’s how the student body likes it. “Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and there is no shortage of students who understand the curriculum and are willing to help those who are struggling.” The bottom line is, “as long as a student is willing to get a little out their comfort zone and out of their dorm room there is a place for them here.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
64%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
71%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other

Students Say

“IIT is not a party school. Although people do drink, it is not what defines the experience. Mostly, students here are those who are concerned with their grades and graduate school outlook.” That sentiment is repeated time and again by students who say, “my major requires full dedication if I want to achieve my goals.” Without question students here “are focused on innovative and career-minded things.” But that doesn’t mean IIT students don’t enjoy good times outside the classroom. Downtown Chicago is just ten minutes away, with all the music, eating, and culture one of the nation’s largest cities has to offer, and thriving Greek life and student clubs provide on-campus outlets for entertainment. “The school’s Greek life is really unique in that pledging in a fraternity or sorority is hugely constructive to your growth socially and academically.” Others play Ultimate Frisbee, join rock-climbing clubs, or “explore a new museum, coffee shop or comic book store.” A few complain that “most students leave campus to relax because they don’t feel like they have the freedom to do it on campus” due to what some see as difficult hurdles put up by the school to host on-campus activities. “The school does not make having a social life easy, but that does prepare you to deal with life after college if you could figure it out.” Most students, however, are not looking for major distractions. “People usually think about how they’re going to pass some of their most difficult classes.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
10

11% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Scarlet Hawks)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Scarlet Hawks)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Illinois Institute of Technology has created an Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability, which is responsible for documenting, reporting, and monitoring sustainability projects on campus, and the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research, which seeks to improve quality of life while preserving natural resources and the environment for future generations. All new buildings on campus will be built to LEED certification standards, and the university has undertaken the retrofitting of buildings in order to improve energy efficiency. IIT has installed a high-efficiency hot water/steam plant on campus, effectively reducing its carbon emissions by 2.8 million pounds and carbon dioxide emissions by 10.4 million pounds annually. Especially noteworthy is IIT's single-stream recycling program encompassing plastic, metal, paper, and glass. IIT separately recycles electronic waste, scrap metal, ink and toner cartridges, and rechargeable batteries. Used cooking oil is also recycled, while food waste from the cafeteria and catering operations is sent offsite for composting. Fallen trees, leaves, and all landscape waste is kept onsite and reused in the form of mulch or leaf compost. IIT also looks to encourage its students to explore environmentally proactive professional fields through energy- and sustainability-focused specializations, minors, and degree programs. Green-minded students enrolled in the Stuart School of Business can take advantage of the school’s Center for Strategic Competitiveness, and the Armour College of Engineering, in addition to an environmental engineering program.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
31%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
26

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
96%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
DELL, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Maggie Fraga
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission, Perlstein 101
10 W. 33 St.
Chicago, IL 60616

Phone
312-567-5191

Email
admission@iit.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
S.R. Crown Hall (Architecture Building)
McCormick Tribune Center
Keating Athletic Center
Hermann Hall
State Street Village

Most Popular Places Off Campus
U.S. Cellular Field/Sox Park
Willis Tower
Hancock Center
Magnificent Mile
Navy Pier

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; select Saturdays
9am-4pm
312-567-5191

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 12:45pm; Monday - Friday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@iit.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Subject to availability

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
IIT and Chicago are served by O'Hare International Airport, Midway Airport, and Meigs Field. Public transportation is available from O'Hare and Midway airports, and limousines or taxis will take you from all airports to IIT's campus. Take Amtrak to Union Station, then public transportation, taxi or IIT shuttle bus from the Downtown Campus at 565 West Adams Street to Main Campus. Take Greyhound or Continental Trailways terminal, then taxi or public transportation to IIT. Take CTA Red Line (Howard-95th/Dan Ryan to Sox-35th station, CTA Green Line (Ashland-63rd or 63rd-Cottage Grove) to 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station or CTA Bus lines with stops on Main Campus (#29-State, #35-35th, #24-Wentworth, #4-Cottage Grove).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North: Dan Ryan Expressway east to 31st Street exit, continue south to 33rd Street, turn left (east). Metered parking is located along Federal Street north and south of 33rd Street, and in the Visitor's Parking Lot (Lot A4) at 32nd Street and State Street. From the South: Dan Ryan Expressway west to 35th Street exit, continue north to 33rd Street, turn right (east). Metered parking is located along Federal Street north and south of 33rd Street, and in the Visitor's Parking Lot (Lot A4) located at 32nd Street and State Street, on the east side of State Street. From Lake Shore Drive: Exit at 31st Street, go inland (west) to State Street, turn left (south). Metered parking is available in the Visitor's Parking Lot (Lot A4) located at 32nd Street and State Street, on the east side of State Street.

Local Accommodations
Chicago South Loop Hotel 11 W. 26th Street 312-225-7000 (Cannot book IIT rate on line) Rates vary Best Western Grant Park Hotel 1100 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 312.922.2900 or 800.472.6875 Rates vary Sheraton Chicago 301 E. North Water Street Chicago, IL 60611 800.325.3535 www.sheratonchicago.com Rates vary Westin Chicago River North 320 N. Dearborn Chicago, IL 60610 National: 800.937.8461 Local/Direct Information: 312.744.1900 www.westinchicago.com Rates vary Essex Inn 800 S. Michigan Chicago, IL 60605 800.621.6909 Rates vary Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive Chicago, IL 60616 312.567.1234 Rates vary Holiday Inn Chicago City Center 300 E. Ohio Chicago, IL 60611 312.787.6100 Rates vary