By the Numbers

In 1890 Illinois Institute of Technology was founded in order to lift up people of all backgrounds with education that would help them meet the needs of the age. Rankings based on the United States Department of Education College Scorecard, which offers the public access to years of federal government data on U.S. colleges and universities, show that more than 130 years on, Illinois Tech is fulfilling its mission.


#1 in Illinois and #23 in America—2024 Best Colleges in the U.S. (Wall Street Journal/College Pulse)

#1 Midsize University in the Midwest (Wall Street Journal/College Pulse)

#35—Top U.S. Colleges with the Greatest Economic Diversity (New York Times)

#98 Best National University and #29 Best Value School (U.S. News & World Report)
“National Universities” includes all institutions ranked by U.S. News & World Report that, in addition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, offer a range of doctoral degrees and have a commitment to producing groundbreaking research.

Top 100 for Engineering, Computer Science, and Social Mobility (U.S. News & World Report)

#1 in Illinois, #32 in the nation for lifting students from families in the bottom 20% of income to the top 20%
(Opportunity Insights)

#1 in Illinois, #37 in the nation for private college 20-year net ROI after financial aid (PayScale)

#1 in Illinois, #59 in the United States in 40-year net present value
(Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University)

#1 in Illinois and #35 in the nation for high earnings and economic mobility in a college rankings tool created by the New York Times

#1 in the Chicago region for occupational earnings power*
(The Brookings Institution)

#2 in Illinois, #83 in the nation for 20-year net ROI after financial aid

#2 in Illinois for 10-year post-college earnings
(Crain’s Chicago Business, PayScale, The Equality of Opportunity Project, and The New York Times)

#3 in the nation for upward mobility among highly selective private colleges (Opportunity Insights)**

#130 in the United States
(Money’s Best Colleges)

Top 25 STEM colleges 2018

#21 in the nation for experiential learning

An Educational Best Value
(The Princeton Review, Forbes, Time, Money Magazine)

91 great colleges that give every freshman a scholarship
(Money Magazine)

1.9% student loan default rate compared to the national default average of 7.3%

Among the top 68 national universities with the highest campus ethnic diversity
(U.S. News & World Report)

One of the 8 best colleges and universities for Indian students in the United States
(Lawyer Monthly)

One of the “200 most important works of architecture in the United States” (American Institute of Architects) on Illinois Tech’s Mies Campus

Armour College of Engineering

#82 Best Undergraduate Engineering Program in the United States
U.S. News & World Report (2024)

College of Computing

#82 Best Undergraduate Computer Science Program in the United States
U.S. News & World Report (2024)

#83 Best Graduate Schools in Computer Science in the United States
U.S. News & World Report (2023–2024)


U.S. News & World Report (2023 Rankings)

  • 99th overall ranking
  • 9th in the nation for Trial Advocacy
  • 14th in the nation for Intellectual Property Law
  • 12th in the nation among part-time programs
  • 32th in the nation for legal writing

A+ for Intellectual Property Law
(PreLaw Magazine, most recent ranking)

A+ for Labor and Employment Law
(PreLaw Magazine, most recent ranking)

A for Trial Advocacy and Litigation
(PreLaw Magazine, most recent ranking)

3rd in Chicago and 40th in the nation for Scholarly Impact of Law School Facilities (Scholarly Impact Report)

Lewis College of Science and Letters

#19 Best Graduate Schools in Rehabilitation Counseling in the United States
U.S. News & World Report (2023–2024)

Stuart School of Business

Ranked 16th in the U.S. among best master’s of management programs by TFE Times (2024) for our Master of Science in Management Science and Analytics program.

Ranked 23rd in the U.S. among best master’s of marketing programs by TFE Times (2024) for our Master of Science in Marketing Analytics program.

Ranked 26th in the U.S. among best master’s of finance programs by TFE Times (2024) for our Master of Science in Finance program.

One of the Best Data Analytics Courses in the USA to Enroll in 2024 by Analytics Insight for our Master of Science in Sustainability Analytics and Management program.

College of Architecture

S. R. Crown Hall designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Secretary of the Interior

* Occupational earnings power looks at the mid-career salaries of alumni in each occupation that they go into, regardless of whether that occupation is a high-paying field. According to Brookings, Illinois Tech alumni out-earn graduates in the same fields from every other Chicago-region university, including University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and University of Notre Dame.

** A measure of access and outcomes showing likelihood that a student at Illinois Tech moved up two or more income quintiles.