Living at Illinois Tech

Two students talking in a dorm room inside State Street Village

Combine the fun of summer camp with the quest for knowledge when you attend one of Illinois Tech’s Pre-College Residential Programs. You’ll live and learn on Illinois Tech’s Mies Campus, named “one of America’s most beautiful college campuses” (Forbes), located less than a mile from Lake Michigan. Illinois Tech is small, but mighty, giving you that small campus experience in a big city setting.


You will stay in Illinois Tech’s Kacek or Cunningham residence halls and share a room with a classmate from your program. Our residence halls are fully furnished, air conditioned, and equipped with high-speed wifi. Each floor is led by summer program assistants (SPA). SPAs are Illinois Tech students who are trained to help you build meaningful relationships, gain support from your floormates, and learn more about the world and yourself.


From sushi to tacos, from vegan to gluten free, and everything in between, Illinois Tech’s Culinary and Hospitality Services has your cravings and dietary preferences covered. During your stay, all of your meals will be included in the cost of your summer program, and you’ll have access to The Commons, Illinois Tech’s premier dining hall offering all-you-care-to-eat selections including hot entrees, salad bar, deli, grill, and more.

Personal Enrichment and Community

Each evening and on weekends, our SPIs and Summer Programs staff will host fun activities to build community between participants. You’ll attend movie nights, play frolf (frisbee golf) on Illinois Tech’s own campus course, hang out in The Bog, and take field trips into the vibrant city of Chicago to White Sox games, architecture boat tours, Navy Pier, and more. 

Health and Safety

The Department of Public Safety strives to keep Illinois Tech’s campus safe and secure. All Illinois Tech buildings are secure and only accessible to Illinois Tech students, faculty, and staff. You will be assigned a HawkID upon arrival, which will give you access to academic buildings and your residence hall, and act as your ticket for meals.

All parents and students can sign up for IIT Alert, an emergency alert notification system that Illinois Tech uses to broadcast important information via text, phone, and email in the event of severe weather or an ongoing situation that affects the safety of our campus community.

Our SPAs and summer staff are trained in emergency response. They are ready to support students and guide them to emergency medical care if needed.