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Congratulations on your acceptance, and welcome to Illinois Institute of Technology!

Please review the following information for newly admitted graduate students as you prepare for the academic term. We are here to help you with your preparations in any way we can. If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Learn about academic advising and registration
Review course descriptions and schedule
Review academic policies
Learn about tuition payments and financial assistance
Purchase textbooks
Explore IIT libraries

Learn About Academic Advising and Registration

All graduate students are encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor prior to registration. Some academic departments or programs (e.g., Electrical and Computer Engineering and non-degree Computer Science and Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering) require advising before students are permitted to register, so be sure to check with your department before getting started.

Your assigned academic advisor, who is identified in your official admission letter, can give you the unique "Alternate PIN" number you will need in order to register through the myIIT student portal.

International students: You will be permitted to register only after you arrive on campus and check in with the International Center.

For additional assistance with registration, visit the Registrar's Office or contact your academic department.

Review Course Descriptions and Schedule

The Graduate Bulletin contains complete program and course descriptions. Course listings for upcoming semesters are posted on the course schedule search web page as they are finalized.

Review academic policies

The Graduate Bulletin outlines important academic policies for graduate students.

Learn About Tuition Payments and Financial Assistance

Information about current graduate tuition and fees is available here. To learn more about tuition and fee rates, payment methods and payment plans, visit the Student Accounting Office or contact the office directly at or 312.567.3794.

Graduate fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships are awarded by individual departments to a limited number of highly qualified, full-time students at the time of admission. Departmental funding is based on merit, and every applicant is automatically considered upon timely submission of a complete application packet. If you receive a funding award, you will be notified of the award in your official admission letter.

The Office of Financial Aid also assists new and continuing graduate students in gathering information about how best to finance their education. For complete information about graduate financing options, including federal student loans (available to U.S. students only), visit the Office of Financial Aid or contact the office directly at or 312.567.7219.

Purchase Textbooks

You should purchase books and supplies for your classes after you arrive on campus and complete the registration process. You will receive more information in your orientation session.

Explore Illinois Tech Libraries

The Galvin Library, located on Main Campus,  and the IIT Chicago-Kent Law Library, located at Downtown Campus, are resources for graduate students.