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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 to join the campus and community. 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.

Obtain your student identification card and parking permits
Get involved with the Office of Campus Life and student organizations
Learn about Career Services
Explore Keating Sports Center
Learn about Chicago

Obtain Your Student Identification Card and Parking Permits

Access, Card, and Parking Services issues all university student identification cards and parking permits.

All registered full- and part-time students who will be studying on campus must obtain a student identification card. Distance learning students who are interested in getting an IIT ID card should email their request to For more information about student identification cards, visit HawkCard or call 312.567.8968.

For information about parking on campus, visit the Parking Services website or call 312.567.8968.

Get Involved with the Office of Campus Life and Student Organizations

Early each fall and spring semester, a student organization fair takes place in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC). Over forty organizations on campus participate in the fair to recruit new members and inform their peers of upcoming events and meetings.

Getting involved with an IIT student organization can help to build your graduate experience both on and off campus. Involvement in extracurricular activities provides networking opportunities and is also a great advantage when seeking employment, as it demonstrates dedication and teamwork.

The Office of Campus Life is dedicated to helping student organizations succeed at IIT and developing their members into effective leaders on campus. Their website,, is an excellent resource that lists events and organizations to help you get involved.

Students from Downtown Campus are welcome to join any Main Campus groups and vice versa. If you have questions or are interested in joining any of these groups, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Campus Life at 312.567.3720 or

Learn About Career Services

It's never too early to get started on your career path. To learn about career opportunities offered by Career Services, visit or contact the office directly at or 312.567.6800.

Explore Keating Sports Center

IIT’s Keating Sports Center, located on Main Campus at 31st and State Streets, is available to graduate students and provides a fitness center, group classes, and a swimming pool. Learn more here.

Learn About Chicago

Located in the heart of the United States, Chicago is the third-largest city in the country. The city is bordered by Lake Michigan to the east and features 29 miles of beaches and paved trails for biking, jogging, inline skating, and other recreational activities. There are parks, boats, and Navy Pier, a major tourist destination, as well as some of the best shopping in the U.S.

You can shop on the Magnificent Mile, Chicago's premier retail corridor, or visit the Loop, the city's business and cultural center. An abundance of year-round activities includes professional sporting events, galleries, museums, zoos, the aquarium, the planetarium, and the city's newest showcase, Millennium Park. You can also enjoy excellent theater offerings, many of which debut in Chicago before heading to Broadway.

There are many excellent resources to aid you in discovering all that Chicago has to offer:

Metromix,, is a great resource for finding information about various cultural and social offerings in Chicago, including free events.

Yelp,, reviews various aspects of Chicago living, from doctors to restaurants to shopping. This website can also be searched by neighborhood.

Time Out Chicago,, is an excellent companion when exploring Chicago. It includes information about current events, restaurants, nightlife, museums and travel in the area, as well as a daily calendar of events in and around Chicago.


Chicago is served by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The CTA has trains (known as “the L”) and buses that run throughout Chicago, reach out to the near Chicago suburbs, and extend to the city’s two major airports (O’Hare and Midway). All full-time students receive a U-Pass that allows you to ride the CTA at no charge during the academic term.

For directions to and from specific locations, please visit the CTA website at and select from one of the trip planner tools on their home page.

IIT Main Campus is within walking distance from:

Sox/35th station on the CTA Red Line train
35th/Bronzeville/IIT station on the CTA Green Line train
CTA bus routes with stops on Main Campus, including #29-State, #35-35th, #24-Wentworth, #4-Cottage Grove, and #1-Michigan

IIT Stuart School of Business classes and IIT Chicago-Kent Law classes held at Downtown Campus are also easily accessible by both bus and train:

Quincy/Wells “L” station on the CTA Brown, Purple, Orange or Pink Line trains
Clinton stop on the CTA Blue Line trainNumerous CTA bus routes running through the Loop area

Metra commuter rail trains run to Union Station, with additional Metra commuter trains running to Ogilvie Transportation Center. From these stations, take CTA's public transportation or a taxi to IIT Main Campus. A Metra station at 35th St. serves the Rock Island Line. For more information visit

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) serves the entire Chicago metro area with commuter trains and buses. The RTA also offers a trip planner website, online at