Illinois Institute of Technology

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3300 S. Federal Street

Chicago, IL 60616-3793

Phone: (312) 567-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. National Universities

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Illinois Institute of Technology is a private institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,800, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 120 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Illinois Institute of Technology's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 109. Its tuition and fees are $39,842 (2013-14).

The Illinois Institute of Technology, a private university in Chicago, provides a variety of options for students interested in the sciences. IIT offers a wide range of engineering degree programs, including aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, as well as a range of degrees in architecture and the sciences. (For liberal arts-minded students, the school awards degrees for majors including communications, humanities and political science.) The school also runs an Institute of Design; the Chicago-Kent College of Law, which is particularly well known for its trial advocacy program; the Stuart School of Business; and other graduate student programs.

For undergrads, there are more than 100 clubs and organizations to join, including TechNews, the student newspaper. Freshmen are required to live on campus, with some exceptions, and both undergraduate and graduate housing is available through the university. Each year, the campus comes together for events including Pumpkin Launch, a day in which students, faculty and alumni showcase homemade launching devices as they try to catapult pumpkins the furthest, and a spring formal in downtown Chicago. Students can also show their school spirit at IIT Scarlet Hawks athletic events, though the school does not have a football team. Notable alumni include Victor Tsao, founder of network hardware firm Linksys, and James Roche, former secretary of the Air Force.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1890, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a private university with more than 7,700 students, from 100 countries and all 50 states. IIT offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, the sciences, architecture, human sciences, design, business, applied technology, and law. Located three miles from the downtown business district of Chicago, the Main Campus is located across the street from U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox. The Main Campus, recently named by Forbes as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country, is home to nineteen buildings, including the iconic S.R. Crown Hall, designed by the legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Architects Helmut Jahn and Rem Koolhaas, respectively, designed the contemporary State Street Village residence hall and the McCormick Tribune Campus Center, which incorporates elevated train tracks into its design. "Green" and "sustainability" are two important words at IIT and both are reflected in an initiative known as Perfect Power. Smart microgrids installed across campus eliminate costly outages, minimize power disturbances, and curb greenhouse gas emissions. IIT's technology-focused curriculum is distinctive in today's global economy. The Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program is part of the core of every undergraduate's education at IIT. Each semester-long IPRO teaches design-centered thinking and includes a team-based project in which students from various majors and disciplines work together to find solutions to community and industry challenges. Recent IPRO student teams have developed a system for providing clean drinking water for the world's rural poor and have invented simple, cost effective prosthetics for victims of war. Innovative thinking is always taking place at IIT, especially in the Idea Shop. A 13,000 square foot facility with rapid-prototyping equipment, 3D printers, a library of Apple iPads, and an app development lab, the Idea Shop is the place where students go to turn ideas into reality. All new undergraduates at IIT receive an iPad to encourage and foster collaborative learning. IIT is also a place where fun is taken seriously. We are applying for membership in NCAA Division III, and our varsity athletes will be competing on men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field, men's baseball, and women's lacrosse and volleyball. IIT also offers a variety of intramural sports and leadership opportunities, as well as great friendship building experiences in more than 150 student organizations. At IIT we are proud of our research. IIT is home to more than two dozen research centers, including the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering and the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER). Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work alongside faculty and researchers both on campus and at national laboratories. Who knows? You may be the next Marty Cooper, an IIT engineering alumnus who is widely known as the father of the portable cellular phone. And if one degree at IIT isn't enough, we offer co-terminal degrees that allow students to complete both a bachelor's and master's degree in as few as five years. Every admitted student is automatically considered for a Heald Scholarship worth up to $25,000 annually. More than 90 percent of IIT undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. Top IIT applicants are invited to apply and interview for the elite Duchossois Leadership Scholars Program, the Camras Scholars Program, and the Presidential Scholars Program.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1890
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $180,231,000


When applying to Illinois Institute of Technology, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 55 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 55.0%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Illinois Institute of Technology is 12:1, and the school has 56.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Illinois Institute of Technology include: Engineering; Architecture and Related Services; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 38%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 49%
Architecture and Related Services 20%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 9%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 5%
Psychology 5%

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Student Life

Illinois Institute of Technology has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,800, with a gender distribution of 69.3 percent male students and 30.7 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 27 percent of students live off campus. Illinois Institute of Technology is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,683
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Illinois Institute of Technology offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Illinois Institute of Technology also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Illinois Institute of Technology, 33 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Students who have cars on campus 33%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Illinois Institute of Technology, 60.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $26,620.

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Tuition and fees $39,842 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,794 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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