Illinois Tech Ranked 8th on College Factual List of “Top 10 Engineering Colleges in the U.S.”


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Chicago, IL — September 10, 2015 —

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) was ranked eighth on a list of the “Top 10 Engineering Colleges in the United States” by a relatively new college ranking service. The ranking, which appeared in USA Today, comes from College Factual, and is based on Payscale estimates of early-career and mid-career salaries, the number of engineering majors offered at Illinois Tech, the percent of the total Illinois Tech student body that are engineering majors, and other factors such as the six-year graduation rate.

“IIT Armour College of Engineering continues to educate our students to be leaders in the development and use of multidisciplinary approaches and technology to solve complex, socially critical global problems. We are committed to excellence in technology-focused education with a renewed emphasis on the entrepreneurial and ethical practice of engineering,” said Natacha DePaola, dean of IIT Armour College of Engineering. “Being listed as one of the top 10 engineering colleges in the United States is another recognition of our outstanding students’ accomplishments.”

College Factual also recognized that IIT Armour College of Engineering “has a serious commitment to full-time teachers, smaller than average class sizes and a low student loan default rate.”

The College Factual ranking is the latest recognition of Illinois Tech’s elevated reputation in engineering education. In 2012, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recognized Illinois Tech as having one of 29 programs in the nation that have successfully infused real world experiences into engineering undergraduate education. This year, U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) ranked Illinois Tech as one of its Best Value Schools. Distinctive education programs within IIT Armour College of Engineering emphasize the development of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary curricula and activities that provide students with knowledge and opportunities to excel as innovators and tech entrepreneurs. Students are provided with multiple resources for research, immersive learning, personalized online portfolios, and entrepreneurship activities with programs like IIT Engineering Themes and Armour R&D.

Today, the total enrollment at Illinois Tech is 7,716 with 2,968 of those students being undergraduates. IIT Armour College of Engineering currently enrolls 1,506 undergraduate and 1,131 graduate students. The five core academic departments in IIT Armour College of Engineering offer 56 degree programs at the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate levels in all engineering disciplines.

Founded in 1890, Armour Institute (now IIT Armour College of Engineering) is the establishing college at Illinois Tech, providing a distinctive educational experience that prepares students for the future. “For more than 125 years, our university has been on the forefront of knowledge creation—and our graduates have been recognized for innovations and discoveries that have changed the course of human history,” said Alan Cramb, President of Illinois Tech. “We are proud of that legacy and of the contributions Illinois Tech graduates continue to make in fields ranging from engineering, science, architecture, and applied technology to business, law, design, and human sciences.”

About Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-focused, research university, located in Chicago, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. One of 22 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU), Illinois Tech offers exceptional preparation for professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Visit