Thank you for your interest in Illinois Tech. We understand that this is a stressful time due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is a list of frequently asked questions to help guide you as you navigate the college admissions process.

For general information from the university regarding COVID-19, please visit the following pages:

COVID-19 Plans and Policies Fall 2020 Reopening

If you have additional questions that are not addressed in this FAQ, please contact us at admission@iit.edu.

Applying to Illinois Tech

Are standardized test scores required for admission?

Fall 2020: Students applying for fall 2020 admission are still required to submit their official standardized test scores. However, requests for waivers will be reviewed on an individual basis. Please contact your admission counselor to request a waiver.

Spring and Fall 2021: In response to the challenges created by COVID-19, Illinois Tech will not require standardized tests for undergraduate applicants in spring 2021 and fall 2021. This policy applies to all first-year, transfer, and international applicants and all merit scholarship considerations. Students who do not submit standardized scores will not be disadvantaged in the application process.

At Illinois Tech’s discretion, students may be asked to take a math placement exam to determine course readiness if the student is applying to a more rigorous math- and/or science-based academic program.

For students who have already taken the SAT I or ACT and want to submit standardized test scores, your test scores will be considered supplemental information in your application. Illinois Tech's SAT code is 1318; the ACT code is 1040. Illinois Tech will super score any official scores that are submitted.

Please mail supporting documents to:

Illinois Institute of Technology
Office of Undergraduate Admission
10 West 33rd Street
Perlstein Hall, Room 101
Chicago, IL 60616

Are international students required to submit an English Language Proficiency test score?

All international applicants, excluding those who meet the criteria to have their English proficiency waived as outlined on this page, are still required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo English Test, or the PTE Academic Test to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Visiting Illinois Tech

Am I able to visit campus at this time?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Illinois Tech is not allowing outside visitors at this time. We encourage you to explore our campus virtually using the options below.

How can I learn more about the campus if I am unable to visit in person?

We offer several virtual experiences to help you learn more about Illinois Tech and our campus community:

Admitted Students—Fall 2020

Will Illinois Tech be open in fall 2020?

Illinois Tech will begin its fall semester in August 2020 as planned. In the event that you are unable to travel to campus due to travel restrictions, you may start your courses online. Our online classes are the same as our on-campus classes—the same high quality and rigor, and the same excellent professors.

Learn more about our Fall 2020 Reopening

Due to the coronavirus, my family’s financial circumstances have changed and I’m worried I won’t be able to afford Illinois Tech. What can I do?

Please contact your admission counselor directly to discuss your situation. We will reevaluate financial aid offers on a case-by-case basis.

I’m hesitant to make my college decision right now due to all the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus. What are my options?

If you know you want to attend Illinois Tech, we encourage you to submit your deposit to secure your seat in our incoming class by May 1. The deposit is refundable in the event you decide to not attend Illinois Tech. If you need an extension, please contact your admission counselor.

If you are interested in deferring to a future term, please contact your admission counselor for more information.

My school is no longer assigning letter grades. My classes will be marked as pass/fail on my transcripts. How will this impact my credits transferring?

Students will not be penalized for being graded on a pass/fail system. We will recognize that you have completed the requirements to graduate from your high school in order to matriculate.

If you are transferring from a post-secondary institution, as long as you receive a passing grade in your course, we will accept transfer credit for that class.

I am an international student who lives outside the United States. What happens if travel bans are still in place at the start of fall semester? Will I be able to take classes?

We are committed to helping you achieve your undergraduate education. We are making plans for all students to begin their studies this fall and are offering a few options:

  • Online Courses: If you are unable to travel to campus due to travel restrictions, you’ll be able to start your fall classes online. This will allow you to begin making progress toward your bachelor’s degree on time. When travel restrictions are lifted, you will be able to continue your studies on our campus in Chicago starting in spring 2021. If you would like to request this option, please respond to this email and your admission counselor will be in touch with you.
  • Deferral of Admission: If your final secondary school examinations have been delayed and will not be finalized until after the start of fall 2020, you will have the option to defer your offer of admission. You can choose to defer your studies for up to one year (two full semesters). If you would like to request a deferral, please email admission@iit.edu.


My family's financial situation has changed. Can I submit a housing waiver to live off campus?

Students who live with a parent/guardian within 20-miles of Mies campus are qualified to receive a housing waiver. Housing waivers for those who live outside the 20-mile radius of campus are issued on a case-by-case basis. Contact your admission counselor about your financial situation before requesting a waiver.

I'm nervous about living on campus this fall due to COVID-19/health concerns. How is the university handling health concerns related to COVID-19?

Illinois Tech takes the health and safety of our students very seriously. We are following recommendations issued by the Center for Disease Control, state of Illinois, and City of Chicago. If there is a need to adjust policies related to on-campus housing in the fall, we will follow the guidelines provided by these agencies.

Learn more about our Fall 2020 Reopening

I'm on the waitlist and Illinois Tech has requested to see updated standardized test scores, but now it's taking 6-8 weeks for official test scores to be released. What do I do?

Contact your admission counselor to explain your situation. We will allow unofficial test scores to be submitted in special circumstances.