Admitted Fall 2020 FAQs

As an international student, if I start the fall 2020 semester as an online student and then get my student visa part-way through the semester, can I switch and do the rest of the semester as an on-campus student?

No. If you begin the fall 2020 semester as an online student, you will need to complete that semester as an online student. You can attend as a traditional on-campus student at our Chicago campus beginning in spring 2021.

As an international student, how will selecting the online option for the fall 2020 semester affect my visa status?

If you select to begin your program in the online option for fall 2020, you will be issued an I-20, which will allow you to complete your program as a traditional on-campus student beginning in spring 2021.

Is there a difference between taking a course online or on campus?

Academically there is no difference, as online and on-campus courses are fully equivalent. On-campus and online students are enrolled in the same classes, do the same homework, and take the same exams. There is no differentiation on the transcript as to whether the course was taken online or on campus.

As an international student, if I select the online option, will I still be able to do a CPT (Curricular Practical Training) internship in summer 2021?

If you are an international student who selects the online option for fall 2020, you will not be eligible to do a summer 2021 CPT internship. You will be eligible to do a CPT internship starting in the fall semester of 2021.

As an international student, can I participate in the online option if I am already in the U.S.?

International students with an F-1 who are currently in the U.S. are required to take full-time course loads on campus.

As an international student, how many courses must I take in the online option?

As an International student, your F-1 visa status does not begin until you arrive in the U.S., so there is no minimum or maximum number of courses that you must take in the fall 2020 online option.

If I enroll as an online student for the fall 2020 semester, will I have access to the same selection of classes as the on-campus students?

No. As a fall 2020 online option student, you will choose from a predetermined list of classes.

May I choose the online option if I’m admitted with required prerequisites/deficiency courses?

Yes. Most prerequisites courses will be online. You will need to work with your adviser in order to identify which courses you are to complete online.

If I update my application, am I guaranteed readmission?

If you update your admission to a future term, your admission decision will remain the same as it is for fall 2020, and you will receive a new notification of admission.

Transcripts will not need to be resubmitted. However, should you take additional coursework, you are required to submit to us.

You will not be required to retake any additional exams.

If I update my application, when will I receive my new admission letter?

If you update to spring 2021, the new admission letter will be issued by July 17, 2020. If you update to fall 2021, the new admission letter will be issued by October 1, 2020.

Is there a difference between starting in the spring and starting in the fall?

Course availability and times differ from term to term. However, plenty of courses will be available each semester for you to stay on course to graduate.

How will my intended enrollment term impact my Curricular Practical Training (CPT) eligibility?

International students who start their program on campus in fall are eligible for CPT internships in summer 2021. Those who start in spring must wait until the spring semester 2022 for CPT eligibility.

If I update my application, will I need to resubmit my official transcript?

No. Transcripts do not need to be resubmitted. However, you will need to submit a hard copy of your official final transcript (U.S. universities) or IERF Degree Verification (non-U.S. universities) before the end of your first semester.

As an international student, can I update my application to spring or fall of 2021 without submitting financial documentation?

It is not necessary to submit financial documentation before requesting that your application be updated to spring or fall of 2021. Once you have been updated and issued with an admission decision for the new term, you will receive instructions on how to submit financial documentation.

I am an international student who has already submitted my financial documentation. If I update my application, will I need to submit financial documentation again for my new start term?

You may be required to provide new financial documents if by the time a new I-20 is being processed, the previous one is more than six months old.

If I update my application but my test scores (GRE and, if required, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE) will have expired before my updated semester starts, will I have to retake the exams and submit new scores?

No. Even if test scores expire in the intervening time, you will not be required to retake exams and submit new scores.

I have already submitted my Intent to Enroll Form and commitment deposit for fall 2020. Can I still update to spring or fall of 2021, and if I do, will I get my commitment deposit back?

Even if you have already submitted your Intent to Enroll Form and commitment deposit for the fall 2020 term, you can update your enrollment to spring or fall of 2021. The ability to change is dependent on time. We advise you to inform us as soon as your plans change and no later than August 3. Once you have notified us by using the App Tracker, you will receive an email describing your next steps. Please be assured that no matter which option you select, your fall 2020 admission decision will remain unchanged.

Your $300 commitment deposit cannot be refunded, but it will be applied toward the first semester's tuition of your new start term. You will not be asked for a second commitment deposit.

May I enroll in fall 2020 even after I have submitted the form to update to spring or fall of 2021?

If you want to start in fall 2020, you are encouraged to proceed as normal with your fall 2020 enrollment acceptance. If it appears that you will be unable to meet an approaching deadline (such as Financial Documentation Submission), at that point you should contact us, and we may be able to extend the deadline. If you then decide to update your enrollment to spring or fall 2021, you will be able to do so until August 1. Please be assured that no matter which option you select, your fall 2020 admission decision will remain unchanged.

If you have updated your enrollment to spring or fall of 2021 and circumstances change that will enable you to attend in fall 2020, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. You should be aware that after July 20, it will no longer be possible to move your enrollment option back to fall 2020.

I have been admitted to a program with a fall-only start term. If I update my application, can I update to spring 2021, or only to fall 2021?

Updating an admission to spring 2021 is not an option for the programs listed below. You can only update your application to fall 2021.

I was admitted for fall 2019 or spring/summer 2020 but updated my application to fall 2020. Can I update again to 2021?

If you’ve updated your application already once in the past, please contact us to confirm your options.

Is there anything else I need to do after submitting the Update Form?

No. Once the update form has been submitted, there is nothing else that you need to do. You will be notified by the Illinois Tech Office of Graduate Admission that the update request has been processed.