Resources for High School Counselors

High school counselors play a huge role in helping students determine their paths after graduation. Your students rely on you for advice in selecting colleges that match their interests and academic records.

A student studying in Gavlin Library

Here you’ll find information to help your students decide if Illinois Tech is a good fit for them.

Why Illinois Tech?

We are a private, national research university where students can get involved in research in as early as their first semester. Because we have an average class size of 22 and a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, our faculty are accessible—and no courses are taught by TAs.

Illinois Tech offers a resource-rich and culturally diverse academic environment with Chicago as an ideal landscape for professional internships. We provide generous scholarships and are the #1 school for return on investment in Illinois (PayScale).

We also boast an 86 percent six-month career outcomes rate for our graduates. Illinois Tech offers personalized career services, free tutoring through the Academic Resource Center, tailor-made study-abroad programs, and a brand-new tech innovation center.

What Makes for a Strong Application?

Illinois Tech takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications, so strength in one area of consideration can help students overcome other areas of weakness. In general, we look for As and Bs across the board, AP or IB math and science courses (at least pre-calculus for STEM majors), test scores within our averages (ACT 25–31, SAT 1240–1410), well-researched supplemental essays, and extracurricular involvement.

Students will stand out if they write about relevant projects, work, or research experience. Recommendation letters are weighted heavily in the review process as well. We encourage students to submit letters from teachers who can speak to their character and their academic ability as it relates to their major or interests. 

Advising Students on Course Selection

It’s not too early for high school freshman and sophomores to begin thinking about course selection for college application purposes. We recommend that students take courses each year that relate to their major.

Students hoping to pursue a STEM major should prioritize calculus, physics, biology, and chemistry, ideally at the honors, AP, or IB level. We encourage students to take relevant electives to expose them to their major, such as AP computer science or psychology, AutoCAD, engineering courses, statistics, and other similar courses. 

High school students who take courses at the college level may be awarded credit upon enrolling at Illinois Tech. 

Visit with Illinois Tech

Your students can sign up for campus tours, appointments with admission counselors and professors, classroom visits, overnight stays, and open houses. Visiting will provide students with an in-depth look at the campus, academic programs, campus life, and the admission and financial aid processes.

Sign up for campus tours, counselor and professor appointments, classroom visits, and overnight stays. All events will take place on our Mies Campus in Chicago and offer online registration.

Student Visit Opportunities

Counselors and teachers are invited to attend special events designed to help you better guide your students as they navigate the college admission process and consider joining the Illinois Tech community.

Counselor/Teacher Visit Opportunities

Financial Aid

Incoming Illinois Tech first-year students receive on average more than $32,000 per year in grants and scholarships. In fact, 98 percent of our students receive some type of financial aid. Learn more about financial aid options and scholarships offered by Illinois Tech to students and their families.

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