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First-Year Students

Who is a first-year student, and how can you apply to Illinois Tech? Here are the four easy steps to take to apply today, plus where to learn more about financial aid.

Four-Step Application and Requirements—Free to Apply

Illinois Tech is looking for students of high academic caliber with strong community ties and a committed work ethic. In the application, we evaluate your academic standing and your extracurricular, community-based, and leadership involvement. We also like to hear why you think an education at Illinois Tech would help you pursue your academic and career goals and how you could contribute to the Illinois Tech community. Be specific. We want to hear your story!


Apply using the Common Application   


Select a counselor and/or teacher who knows you well and can write about your strengths as a student. One letter is required but up to three are accepted. This form and letter can be submitted electronically by the teacher through the Common Application.


Please have your school submit official transcripts sent through its electronic transcript service to If this service is not available, you may mail your sealed official transcripts to:

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


In response to the challenges created by COVID-19, Illinois Tech will not require standardized tests for undergraduate applicants in fall 2021, spring 2022, and fall 2022. 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.

Students may be asked to take a math placement exam to determine course readiness if they are applying to a more rigorous 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


First-year students are defined as students who are currently enrolled in high school, or have completed high school and have not attended a college or university outside of their high school experience. Sometimes first-year students are also referred to as freshmen regardless of their class standing upon entering the university. In general, students who take college courses during high school but are considered students at their high school also fall into this first-year students category.

Domestic students are United States citizens or U.S. permanent residents. This includes U.S. nationals living overseas in military or diplomatic zones. If you are a homeschooled student, read more about applying to Illinois Tech.

Students engaged in a college preparatory or general education curriculum generally make good candidates for Illinois Tech. Specifically, we recommend the following high school courses be completed:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of mathematics
  • Three years of science

Illinois Tech awards credit for the programs listed below. Clink the links to learn more about the requirements. The Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs reviews credit after an admitted student submits their enrollment deposit.

Scores should be sent to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
10 West 33rd Street
Perlstein Hall, Room 101
Chicago, IL 60616

Make sure to check deadlines for fall and spring admission to Illinois Tech, as well as the date you'll need to apply to be eligible for special scholarships. 

Illinois Tech offers both need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships. All applicants will be considered for merit-based scholarships through the rolling application deadline of August 1.

Students who apply by the priority scholarship deadline (November 15 ) have the best opportunity to receive Illinois Tech scholarship funds. Learn more about Camras, Crown, Duchossois, Leadership Academy, and other Illinois Tech scholarships for first-year students.

Financial aid for new students is processed by the Office of Financial Aid.

Illinois Tech offers dual programs in Honors Law and Pre-Health. Learn more about our range of dual program offerings.


Honors Law (B.S./J.D.)  Pre-Health/Pre-Med

Our students come to Illinois Tech from all walks of life. Learn more about admission requirements for those who are applying to Illinois Tech from a non-traditional pathway.

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First-Year Student Scholarships

Illinois Tech offers several special scholarship programs for first-year students, in addition to federal aid and other loans and grants. 

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Undergraduate First Year Viewbook 2020-21

First-Year Viewbook

Learn more about our programs and meet some of our amazing students, faculty, and alumni in Illinois Tech's first-year viewbook.

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Meet our Students

The best way to figure out if a college is the right fit for you is by talking with a student. Reach out to one of our student ambassadors to learn more about life at Illinois Tech.

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First-Year Class Profile

With almost 3,000 undergraduates and a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you are never just a number.


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