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Academics

Minutes from downtown Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology is a “beautiful green oasis in a bustling city.” This career-oriented university prepares students to “[make] the jump from student to professional” with a curriculum “strongly based on applied learning” and access “to student research at all levels.” But IIT “caters to those individuals that want to pursue careers in areas of STEM,” the curriculum “puts an equal emphasis on the life sciences and doesn’t discount humanities.” And while most come for the school’s “historic reputation,” particularly in engineering and architecture, students don’t dismiss the value of the school’s diversity. “The size and diversity of Illinois Tech is perfect,” one student argues, “small enough for individual attention, but large enough for various resources to be available. Working with students from around the world gives you a unique perspective that is useful after college as well.” Many students offer hot and cold reviews of the faculty. “I have had some really fantastic professors who are engaging and make the material genuinely interesting,” one student explains. “However, I’ve had the exact opposite too.” Others say that their “professors are very willing to help...but [they] want you to think for yourself.” Most agree that IIT “is a very academic-based institution with mostly excellent professors, especially in upper-level classes. Academics here are challenging but rewarding.” Others are quick to point out that many of IIT professors “also work in the field” and, therefore, they “apply topics studied in the lectures to the real world,” and “their lectures are very current with the solutions and technologies that are actually being used.”

Student Body

“The students at IIT are absolute nerds, and we all say that with pride.” IIT “students study hard, focus for the future, bathe in the diversity of campus life, and are able to enjoy all events/ programs that IIT and Chicago have to offer.” Many students highlight an interest in “innovation and in aspiring creativity.” IIT has “a very heavily male demographic” of “quiet introverts” who value teamwork and hail from around the world. Roughly half of the total IIT student body are international students, which “provides a variety of perspectives” and cultures present in classroom discussions and clubs. Students largely describe one another as “warm, accepting, welcoming, and friendly.” Overwhelmingly, “Illinois Tech students are serious about their studies, have a great eye for design and architecture, and love to have a good time especially when there is free food involved, which is often the case.”

Campus Life

Students enjoy “playing chess,” “video/tabletop gaming, movie watching,” but many report that “life at school is work and study every day with a few breaks in between.” Or as one student appreciatively and jokingly puts it, “This school is nerd school.” While some prefer a lifestyle that is “simple and sorted,” these academically driven students also enjoy playing intramural sports and exploring the many museums, restaurants, and cultural attractions of the city. Between the workload, the “very strict” on-campus alcohol policies and “mostly small apartments” in Chicago “that get packed quickly,” students say “there doesn’t seem to be much partying going on at this school.” But many students emphasize the important role that Greek life plays in their lives. “The brotherhoods and sisterhoods on campus can be a serious life-saver,” one student explains, “for those struggling socially, mentally, emotionally, and academically. Most people who go Greek refer to it as the best decision they made while at school, and those who don’t join immediately often wish they did. Yes, it’s that good.”

Contact & Visit

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
oii@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

Admissions

Applicants: 6,520
Acceptance Rate: 66%
Average HS GPA: 3.84







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