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First-Year or Freshmen Applicants (U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents)

First-year students are those 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, these 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 category.

Domestic students are those who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. This includes U.S. nationals living overseas in military or diplomatic zones.

Application Requirements and Steps - Free to Apply

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

STEP 1: Application for Admission 

Common Application


Please complete the Common Application in its entirety. The Common Application will require you to submit the application and writing supplement separately. You must submit both in order to complete your application.

Please note: The Common Application cannot be completed on a mobile device.

STEP 2: Counselor/Teacher Evaluation or Letter of Recommendation

Give the forms found in the application to 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.

STEP 3: High School/Secondary School Transcripts

Ask your high school counselor to submit your official high school/secondary school transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. 

STEP 4: Test Scores

Send official SAT I or ACT scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admisions. IIT's SAT code is 1318; the ACT code is 1040.

Please mail supporting documents to:

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

High School Requirements

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

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Mathematics
  • 3 years of Science

Finances and Scholarships

Financial aid for new students is processed by the Office of Financial Aid. IIT offers both need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships.

Students who apply by the early action deadline have the best opportunity to receive the most IIT scholarship funds. More about Camras, Crown, Duchosois and other IIT scholarships.