Resources for School Counselors

School counselors play a huge role in helping students determine their paths to a bachelor’s degree. Your students rely on you for advice in selecting colleges that match their interests and academic records.

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Why Illinois Tech?

  • We are a private, national research university located just minutes from downtown Chicago.
  • We offer 40+ majors across engineering, architecture, computing, science and humanities, and business.
  • Our average class size is 22 with a 12:1 student faculty ratio—and no classes are taught by TAs.

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Why Choose Illinois Tech?

Advising Students on Course Selection

We recommend students take courses that relate to their majors. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Students hoping to pursue a STEM major should prioritize calculus, physics, biology, and chemistry. (If students are in high school, this should ideally be at the honors, AP, or IB level.)
  • Suggest students take relevant electives to their major (e.g., 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. 
  • Transfer students should use our Transfer Guides to help them choose the right courses.

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.

First-year and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours:

  • As and Bs across the board
  • AP or IB math and science courses (at least pre-calculus for STEM majors)
  • Test scores (Middle 50%): ACT 29-32; SAT 1285-1370—Standardized test scores are optional for the 2020-21 application season
  • Well-researched supplemental essays about relevant projects, work, or research experience
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers in courses relevant to your major

Transfer students with more than 30 credit hours:

  • As and Bs in major-specific courses
  • A minimum of Calculus I for all engineering, computer science, and physical science majors, or Business Calculus for Business and Architecture students
  • Refer to Illinois Tech’s Transfer Guides for specific courses for your major
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers in courses relevant to your major
  • Well-researched supplemental essays about relevant projects, work, or research experience

Nominate a Student for Duchossois Leadership Scholarship

If you are aware of a high achieving student student that meets the eligibility criteria for the Duchossois Leadership Scholarship please submit the form.



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Counselor and Teacher Visit

• Group Tours
• Visit Opportunities

These tours and opportunities are designed to help you better guide your students as they navigate the college admission process and consider joining the Illinois Tech community.

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Student Visits

• Campus tours
• Counselor and professor appointments
• Classroom visits
• Overnight stays

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

A full 98 percent of Illinois Tech students receive scholarships or some type of financial aid. In fact, incoming first-year students receive on average more than $32,000 per year in grants and scholarships. Check out our full list of scholarships at Illinois Tech.

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Additional Information

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Check out our COVID-19 FAQ for regular updates on the admission process.

** A measure of access and outcomes showing likelihood that a student at Illinois Tech moved up two or more income quintiles.