Illinois Institute of Technology: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Learn about its admission information, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About the Illinois Institute of Technology

The Illinois Institute of Technology began as Armour Institute in 1893, three years after a Chicago minister told a crowd that, for only one million dollars, he could create a school that taught students of all economic backgrounds. In 1940, the Armour Institute became the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and now enrolls about 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students. U.S. News and World Report ranked the school 35th in the Best Value Schools category for 2012.

The institute maintains five campuses throughout Chicago. In 2008, the school launched its Many Voices, One Vision campaign. This initiative allowed students and faculty to submit recommendations on how school resources should be allocated over the next few years.


The Illinois Institute of Technology offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs through eight academic divisions. Among these divisions are the College of Architecture, the Armour College of Engineering and the Chicago-Kent College of Law, as well as the School of Applied Technology, the Institute of Design and the Stuart School of Business. Many of the school's undergraduate majors offer corresponding graduate programs in fields like business administration, psychology and architecture. In 2011, IIT undergraduates were outnumbered by graduate students.

Graduates of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law had a 97% passing rate on their first attempt at the bar exam in July 2011, which was higher than the pass rates of Illinois' other law schools. IIT's Chicago-Kent College of Law also ranked third among law schools in the Trial Advocacy category, according to a 2012 U.S. News and World Report survey. The publication also ranked IIT's engineering division 72nd in the Best Engineering Schools category.


Undergraduate IIT applicants are required to submit an application form, a letter of recommendation or teacher/counselor evaluation, their high school transcripts and an SAT or ACT score report. The Common Application is accepted. Students applying to graduate programs need a bachelor's degree and must submit GRE scores.

In 2011, 64% of all undergraduate applicants were accepted. Among the undergraduate population, 42% of all students were white, 11% were Asian, 11% were Hispanic/Latino and 7% were black or African American.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduate tuition at the Illinois Institute of Technology was $18,252 per semester for 2012-2013. This base tuition does not include other recurring and one-time fees, such as the $200 new student fee, the $375 student service fee or health insurance. Matriculating students at IIT qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and federally backed loans.

Undergraduates are automatically considered for any in-house scholarships at the time of their enrollment. These awards are very competitive and use information from both the IIT application and the Federal Application for Student Aid, or FAFSA. The Army, Air Force and Navy offer ROTC scholarships. Graduate students must inquire and apply through their department for available aid. A limited number of fellowships and assistantships are available to graduate students, in addition to scholarships.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees*
School Setting Large city*
Student Body About 2,700 undergraduate students and 5,100 graduate students*
Schools Eight schools and colleges, divided among five physical campuses**
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Bachelor's: Architecture (111)
Master's: Electrical and Electronics Engineering (182)
Doctorate: Law (332)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Those Beginning in Fall 2003) 5% in four years
66% in six years
67% in eight years*
Admission Rate 64%*
Entering Class Size 448 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 89%*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students ACT: 27
SAT Math: 665
SAT Verbal: 584**
Application Due Date December 1 for early action
Rolling admission through August 1**
Decision Notification Date Within two weeks of receiving completed application**
Tuition (2012-2013) $18,252 per semester for full-time undergraduate students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving It) Federal grants (30%), state and local grants (23%), institutional scholarships (100%), federal loans (53%)*
Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Aid 100%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Illinois Institute of Technology.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admission, 10 W. 33rd Street, Perlstein Hall Room 101, Chicago, IL 60616
  • Phone: (312) 567-3025
  • Website:

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