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International Student Arrival

A warm welcome to our international students! As some of you are arriving to Illinois Tech's Mies Campus late, please read the information provided here about arriving on campus, moving into your residence hall, setting up internet connections, and other important matters. The faculty and staff are so glad that you are joining the Illinois Tech community!

Preparing for Arrival and Move-In Instructions

Mandatory Quarantine | Mandatory International Center Check-in | Move-In Instructions | Arrival to Campus | Welcome Desk | Internet | Campus Departments

Mandatory Quarantine for International Students Arriving from a Location Outside the United States

For students arriving from a location outside the United States, you are required to self-quarantine at the Hilton at McCormick Place at 123 East Cermak Road, Chicago, Illinois 60616 before checking-in  and arriving at residence halls for those living in campus housing. New incoming international students who are residing in Illinois Tech residence halls will be quarantined at the Hilton at McCormick Place located at 123 East Cermak Road, Chicago, Illinois 60616. Upon arrival at the hotel, present your valid government issued ID and tell the hotel clerk that you are from Illinois Tech. Students are expected to review quarantine guidelines and procedures before arriving to campus.

If you have any questions regarding the mandatory quarantine for new incoming students residing in residence halls please contact,Thy Nguyen, Associate Vice Provost for Student Engagement and Career Services at tnguyen25@iit.edu

Mandatory Quarantine for International Students Arriving from Another State

Based on protocols from the City of Chicago, International students coming from “red” states and from abroad have the following options:

  1. Quarantine for 2 weeks before coming to Chicago/campus with a method of documenting adherence and provide documentation of a negative diagnostic test (antibody tests are not acceptable) taken within 72 hours prior to or arrange for testing within 72 hours of arriving to Chicago/campus. If test results are pending upon arrival in Chicago, the student must quarantine until they can show documentation of their test result; OR
  2. Quarantine for 2 weeks after arrival to Chicago/campus; OR
  3. Quarantine at home for 1 week prior to coming to Chicago/campus with a method of documenting adherence, followed by a negative diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to, or arrange for testing within 72 hours of arriving on campus; AND quarantine for another week in Chicago/on campus.

Based on protocols from the City of Chicago, for those coming from “orange” states 

  1. Quarantine for 2 weeks after arriving to Chicago/campus; OR
  2. Provide documentation of a pre-arrival negative diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, or arrange for testing within 72 hours of arriving on campus. If tests results are pending upon arriving in Chicago, the student must quarantine until they can show documentation of their negative test result. Strict masking, social distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings (excluding going to class) must be adhered to by students choosing this option.

Students living in campus housing who do not provide prior evidence of a negative diagnostic test are required to self-quarantine at the Hilton at McCormick Place at 123 East Cermak Road, Chicago, Illinois 60616 before checking-in or returning to their residence hall on campus. You are strongly advised to quarantine at home and obtain a pre-arrival test result before arriving in Chicago or you may be billed for your stay at the hotel.  

New incoming international students who are residing in Illinois Tech residence halls will be quarantined at the Hilton at McCormick Place located at 123 East Cermak Road, Chicago, Illinois 60616. Upon arrival at the hotel, present your valid government issued ID and tell the hotel clerk that you are from Illinois Tech. Students are expected to review quarantine guidelines and procedures before arriving to campus.

If you have any questions regarding the mandatory quarantine for new incoming students residing in residence halls please contact,Thy Nguyen, Associate Vice Provost for Student Engagement and Career Services at tnguyen25@iit.edu

FAQ
  • What are transportation options between campus and the hotel?
    Students are responsible for arranging their individual travel to campus whether that be through a personal vehicle, taxi, ridesharing company, or public transportation. The hotel is easily accessible from the CTA Green Line. Self-parking is available at the hotel for an additional cost (not covered by the university) in the lot located directly behind the hotel at 2222 South Indiana Avenue. You can pull a ticket upon entering or by reserving a spot on SpotHero. There is also plenty of street parking nearby as well.
  • Will I be able to leave the hotel during quarantine?
    The goal of a quarantine is to isolate people who may be at high risk of illness from those who have less risk. Therefore, all those in quarantined housing are expected to stay in their assigned room. However, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has provided guidance that allows people in quarantine to leave their quarantine spaces for limited periods of time-- if absolutely necessary. Face coverings are required at the hotel.
  • What are the hotel accommodations like?
    Students will be assigned a single room with a private bathroom
  • What food options are available for students self-quarantining at the Hilton at McCormick?
    Meal options will be offered through a voucher program at the hotel.

International Center Check-In

All new international students, including transfer students, must virtually check-in with the International Center, and also with their residence hall (if they plan on living on Mies campus). This is mandated by the United States government. Due to government regulations, the latest date a student can arrive into the U.S. is February 18th, 2021 and they must check in virtually with the International Center no later than February 19th, 2021. The form to virtually check-in can be found here.

Late Arrival

It is very important to inform the admissions office, your academic advisor and your faculty of your delayed travel. This will allow appropriate planning for your studies. We encourage students to register and attend class virtually until they are able to arrive on campus. The latest date an international student can arrive in spring is February 18th, 2021.

Move-In Instructions for Students Living in Residence Dorms at Mies Campus

Students must reserve a three-hour time slot to move into a residence hall and may bring up to two guests for assistance with move-in. Everyone on campus and in the residence halls will be required to wear face coverings.

If you signed up for early move-in, you may check in on your requested move-in date:

  • Check-In: All new students may check in at their assigned residence hall to pick up their room keys and HawkCard (if you haven’t already done so, please submit your photo for your HawkCard). Room assignment information is listed at MyRoom.iit.edu.
  • Load-In: Please use the 30-minute loading area to unload belongings.
  • Parking: Long-term parking is available near all residence halls.

Click here to view a map of Mies Campus, residence hall check-in locations, and designated parking and loading areas. 

Arrival to Campus

We highly recommend utilizing the shared car service Lyft to get from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Illinois Tech's Mies Campus. Illinois Tech is providing a limited amount of discounts for Lyft, the code is valid for one-time use for travel from the O’Hare to McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) on Mies Campus. The estimated cost of a Lyft ride is $25–50 USD. We will be emailing students available Lyft codes.

Please note that if you plan to use Lyft to travel to campus, prepare the following in advance:

  • Download the Lyft app to your smartphone
  • Add your credit card information before traveling
  • Ensure that you have data service enabled on your smartphone
  • If you are coming to campus prior to move-in, connect with the Office of Residence Life to ensure that your room is ready for your arrival
  • Update your App Tracker to include your flight information

Additional options to arrives to Illinois Tech's Mies Campus from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) are listed below. View our directions to campus to plan your route:

  • Public Transportation: If you are flying into Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport, you can reach campus by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA ) .
  • Taxi: If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport, please find the taxi stand. Information on taxis at O’Hare can be found here .
  • Go Express: If you are traveling with family and friends and would like to take a shuttle from either O’Hare or Chicago’s Midway International Airport to Mies Campus or Conviser Law Center, you can get more information by clicking here. Prices start at approximately $35 per person.

Upon arrival to campus, please check in virtually with the International Center as soon as possible. If you are living on Mies Campus in a residence hall, you can check in at your assigned residence hall to pick up your keys and HawkCard.

If after arriving to campus you have questions about where to go or need additional assistance, please reach staff at 312-567-5075 or visit the Welcome Desk.

Welcome Desk

Starting January 12th, members of the Illinois Tech community will be at the Welcome Desk in McCormick Tribune Campus Center (3201 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60616) to assist you Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. with locating an office on campus, finding your residence hall, or answering questions related to move-in. After 5pm, you can call 312-567-5075 and someone will get back to you right away.

Trouble Logging Onto the Internet?

Using your Illinois Tech login information, you will be able to connect to the internet easily. Check instructions based on your device here. For issues connecting, please send an email to the OTS Support Desk or leave a message with the Support Desk's monitored voicemail at 312.567.3375. For Support Desk hours, please click here.

Campus Departments

Once you arrive on campus, you will need to contact certain departments. Click here to learn more about the different departments, what they do and how to contact them.