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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. If you are a homeschooled student, click here to learn more about applying to Illinois Tech.

Application Requirements and Steps - Free to Apply

Illinois Tech 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 Illinois Tech would help you pursue your academic and career goals and how you could contribute to the Illinois Tech community. Be specific. We want to hear your story!

STEP 1: Application for Admission

Apply online using the Common Application 

STEP 2: Counselor/Teacher Evaluation or Letter of Recommendation

Select 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

Please have your school submit official transcripts sent through their electronic transcript service to If this service is not available then you may mail your sealed official transcripts to:

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

STEP 4: Test Scores

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

Please mail supporting documents to:

Illinois Institute of Technology
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
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 AidIllinois Tech offers both need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships. All applicants will be considered for merit-based scholarships through the rolling application deadline of August 1st.

Students who apply by the priority scholarship deadline (December 1st) have the best opportunity to receive the most Illinois Tech scholarship funds. More about Camras, Crown, Duchosois and other Illinois Tech scholarships.

Exams for College Level Credit

Illinois Institute of Technology awards credit for the below programs. Clink the links to learn more about requirements. Credit is reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs after admitted student submit their enrollment deposit.

Scores should be sent to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
10 W. 33rd Street
Perlstein Hall Room 101
Chicago, IL 60616-3793