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Congratulations on your decision to pursue your degree at Illinois Tech - a university whose alumni include a Nobel laureate and the inventor of the cell phone!

Once you have applied, you may view the status of your application in your Application Tracker that will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Also, if you haven’t done so already, please submit your transcript(s) to complete your application.

Once your application is complete, including any missing items, you will receive an admission decision within about a week. You may easily check your "App Tracker" to see if we have received your transcripts or other required documents. If it reads "Complete" this means we received your documents. However, if your App Tracker reads "In Progress" this means we have not yet received your documents. It typically takes up to a week for documents to arrive and be attached to your application.

Also, merit scholarships are automatically offered at time of admission, but in order to receive a full award package you will need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (IIT FAFSA code: 001691). Finally, please remember that select scholarships require materials in addition to your admission application.

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  • As a transfer student, when should I apply for admission?

    It is typically recommended that transfer students apply for admission at least 5 or 6 months before the start of the term you intend to enroll. However, you may apply up to one year in advance. Please note that completion of an associate's degree is not required for admission.

    Please view our application deadlines Here

    However, don't wait for the deadline. Apply early! If admitted you will still need to complete a number of steps including attending an orientation, connecting with your faculty academic advisor, registering for classes, getting your books and deciding upon housing etc…

  • Is there an application fee?

    No. Illinois Tech does not charge an application fee. It is free to apply for undergraduate admission.

  • I applied to Illinois Tech before, and was not admitted. Can I apply again?

    Yes. You are welcome to reapply to a different major, or to the same major for a future term as long as you also submit updated transcripts showing additional progress toward successful completion of courses relevant to your intended major.

  • I attended Illinois Tech previously as a degree seeking student, am I a transfer student or a readmission student?

    You will not be considered a transfer student and instead will need to be re-admitted through the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs utilizing the reinstatement form found here.

  • What can I do to enhance my application? Are there any essays or personal statements required?

    Illinois Tech considers for admission transfer students of high academic caliber with strong performance in courses relevant to your program of study. In the application, we evaluate your academic standing, the rigor of coursework, and the sequencing of semesters. We also would like to hear why you think an education at Illinois Tech would help you pursue your academic and career goals and why you decided upon your major. We also are interested in learning how you may have overcome any challenges or struggles that might be reflected in your academic history. Be specific. We are interested in you and want to hear your story!

  • How do I find out more information about my intended major at Illinois Tech?

    There are several ways you can get more information on your major:

    • Our online catalog (IIT Undergraduate Bulletin) has very detailed information regarding curriculum requirements, as well as a suggested sequence regarding when ideally you should take each class.

    • The Undergraduate Admission Programs page has lots of great details and links to program brochures.

    • Accessible from the IIT Home Page, under the grey “Academics” tab at the top, our Academic departments have expanded resources regarding each of their individual programs.

  • What scholarships does Illinois Tech offer transfer students?

    All admitted students are automatically evaluated for merit based transfer tuition scholarships. These awards are offered at the time of admission without the need to fill out additional applications. However, select scholarships, like the $5,000 PTK, and the $25,000 Presidential Scholarship, require materials in addition to your admission application.

    Please view our full list of transfer scholarships here.

    Remember, in order to receive a full award package, domestic students will need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (IIT FAFSA code: 001691).

    Finally, all transfer students who complete the financial aid process (FAFSA) are also automatically considered for additional need-based institutional aid.

  • What kind of transfer credit is accepted by Illinois Tech?

    Illinois Tech accepts for transfer credit courses that are deemed equivalent to IIT courses required for our programs. Courses may be acceptable for transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities provided they are comparable in nature, content, and level to those offered at IIT and the grades are the equivalent of a C of higher. A grade of C- is not acceptable for transfer credit. A maximum of 68 applicable credit hours is transferable from a two-year institution.

    In most cases, credit will not be granted for experiential learning, career and vocational courses, except through agreements for programs within our School of Applied Technology division.

    Official credit evaluations are completed by the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs after a student is admitted to the university. Until then, students are encouraged to utilized our published Transfer Credit Guides. If your school is not listed, then please feel free to utilize our Transferology account, or contact the Illinois Tech Transfer Team.

  • Do I have to send all my transcripts?

    Yes, we require the submission of transcripts from all colleges previously attended, regardless of the nature of coursework completed, academic or financial standing, length of attendance, or length of time since attendance. Please note, if you are applying before completing your first semester at college, please include this information in your application, or contact us at transfer@iit.edu, so your application will not be held up and we may process your application appropriately.

    Please have your school submit official transcripts through their electronic transcript service to: ugaprocessing@iit.edu.

    If an electronic service is not available, then please 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

  • Do I need to submit a high school transcript or ACT/SAT scores?

    Transfer students with at least 30 transferable credits do not need to submit high school records or test scores. High school performance will only be reviewed if you have fewer than 30 graded transferable semester hours.

  • Do transfer students need to submit any letters of recommendation?

    No. However, a recommendation from a professor of a course relevant to your major will be very helpful to enhance your application for admission, especially if your transcript indicates any inconsistencies in academic performance.

  • How does my Advanced Placement (AP) credit transfer?

    AP credit may be applied to meet certain requirements for your degree program provided minimum scores are met. Please view the required AP scores here.

  • What GPA is needed to transfer?

    Generally, a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required from transferable credit. However, we realize that sometimes transfer students may not have started their academic endeavors with dedication and focus, so we often will review and may assign greater weight to more recent successes. Please contact the Transfer Team at transfer@iit.edu with any specific concerns.

  • How do I know what courses I should I complete before I transfer?

    Prerequisite course options for our programs of study are listed in our Transfer Credit Guides.

    You do not have to complete all the courses listed on the guide before you transfer. These are only recommended options that we have determined are available at your current institution prior to transfer. You may transfer in up to 68 credits from a community college. Courses with grades of C- and below do not transfer.

    For more details, please view additional transfer policies and resources, including information about our FastForward to Illinois Tech transfer advising program here.

  • I am an out-of-state transfer student. What classes should I take?

    Illinois Tech accepts for transfer credit courses that are deemed equivalent to IIT courses required for our programs. Courses may be acceptable for transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities provided they are comparable in nature, content, and level to those offered at IIT and the grades are the equivalent of a C of higher. A grade of C- is not acceptable for transfer credit. A maximum of 68 applicable credit hours is transferable from a two-year institution.

    In most cases, credit will not be granted for experiential learning, career and vocational courses, except through agreements for programs within our School of Applied Technology division.

    Official credit evaluations are completed by the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs after a student is admitted to the university. Until then, students are encouraged to utilized our published Transfer Credit Guides for area community colleges. If you are coming from an out of state school, or your Illinois school is not listed, then we recommend several options:

    • You can use the City Colleges of Chicago Transfer Guide as an example to identify the types of courses that typically transfer into your intended major at Illinois Tech. The course names and codes will likely be different for your school, however, either your current school’s Transfer Advisor, or an Illinois Tech Transfer Counselor, can help identify the equivalent course(s) available at your current institution.

    • Use Transferology! This is a nationwide online transfer planning resource students can use to identify equivalent courses. Simply create a free account, then start adding your courses and search for Illinois Tech. Your current school’s Transfer Advisor also has access to the Transferology Lab Account, where he or she can look up multiple equivalencies at once. Try Transferology yourself, or ask your school’s advisor for assistance before taking the wrong courses for your transfer major.

    • Ask us! We are happy to be a resource! Feel free to connect with us now at transfer@iit.edu

  • Will I need to take foreign language classes?

    Foreign language courses are not required for Illinois Tech’s undergraduate degree programs, however, these may be transferred in to meet language requirements in our Global Studies program, and perhaps, depending upon the level, may meet some general education Humanity requirements for other programs.

  • What’s your policy on transferability of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education courses?

    Illinois Tech accepts up to 68 credits from IAI designated courses that apply towards an admitted student’s major. However, Illinois Tech does not require the completion of an associate’s degree and instead evaluates transcripts on a course by course basis as they relate to the intended major at Illinois Tech. We encourage students to utilize our published transfer guides when selecting courses prior to transfer. Students who complete an associate's degree may be taking courses that may not be needed for their degree at Illinois Tech. Please feel free to consult with the Illinois Tech Transfer Team at transfer@iit.edu for more detailed information.

  • Must I complete an associate’s degree before I transfer?

    Illinois Tech does not require the completion of an associate’s degree before transfer and instead will typically look for demonstrated success in courses relevant to the intended major. However, we do encourage students to consider the “Reverse Transfer” option at your current school if you decide to transfer before your associate’s degree completion, and also to utilize our published transfer guides when selecting courses prior to transfer. Students who complete an associate's degree may be taking courses that may not be needed for their degree at Illinois Tech. Please feel free to consult with our Transfer team at transfer@iit.edu for more information about this or about the Reverse Transfer option.

  • Don't I have to wait until all my community college courses are complete before I can transfer?

    No. You will want to apply early - a minimum of 5 or 6 months before the term in which you plan to transfer. The Undergraduate Admission Office will evaluate your application based on the coursework you have already completed. You will also be required to submit a final transcript if you complete any other courses after you are admitted, including after your current semester grades are posted.

  • When do I find out what classes will transfer?

    Official credit evaluations are completed by the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs typically within a week after a student is admitted to the university.

    Also, once you submit an application, you will begin receiving email communications from us including a link to your personal Application Tracker. Please watch for, and save this email, because after your transcript evaluation is complete following admission, a full list of all the transfer credits that will apply to your Illinois Tech major will be available for viewing in your Application Tracker.

    Your transfer credits may also be viewed in your student portal and will be utilized by your faculty advisor in order to help determine what courses you should register in your first semester at Illinois Tech

  • When will I hear a decision after submitting my application?

    Typically, transfer applicants will be notified of their admission decision within a about a week after applying, as long as all outstanding transcripts have been received by this time. Otherwise, the decision will be on hold until any missing documents arrive.

    However, if you are an incoming transfer student currently in your first semester of college, we strongly recommend applying after you complete your first term courses so the grades you have earned can be included in your application for admission because the admission review committee will need these grades in order to evaluate your level of readiness for your intended major at Illinois Tech.

    Also, once you submit an application, you will begin receiving email communications from us including a link to your personal Application Tracker. Please watch for, and save this email, because this is an important tool necessary to keep track of the status of your application, missing items, and following admission, a full list of all the transfer credits that will apply to your Illinois Tech major.

  • How many more years, or semesters, will I need to attend Illinos Tech to complete my degree after I transfer?

    The length of time required to complete your degree will depend upon a number of factors including:

    • How many transfer credits you have completed that apply to your current major

    • The total number of credits required by the individual major or academic program you are pursuing

    • Whether you are planning to be a full or part-time student

    • Whether you complete prerequisites prior to when required courses are offered.

    • Whether you register for required courses in a timely fashion, based upon your faculty advisor's recommendation, and then continued adherence to the graduation plan your advisor has prepared for you.

  • How do I register for classes after I have been accepted?

    Once you deposit you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will provide a PIN number so you can register for classes. The notification regarding your advisor will be sent by email the following day after you submit your enrollment deposit.

  • Can I defer to a future term after I have been accepted?

    If you need to defer to a future term, a deposit is required first to hold your space and lock in your scholarship awards. The deadline to defer to a future term is five days before classes begin in the semester for which you were admitted. Please refer to the academic calendar for details. You can request a deferral using your AppTracker.

  • Do you have any appointments or campus visits for transfer students?

    Yes, we hold Transfer Connection Days on select Thursdays until 7 pm throughout the year. Please view and register for an appointment through our Transfer Visit page. You are also welcomed to view all of our current events on our Visit page.

    We also visit many community colleges in the greater Chicago area. Please view our upcoming schedule detailing when we will visit your school's campus here.

  • Do recruiters ever come to my campus?

    Yes, we do visit many community colleges in the greater Chicago area. Please view our upcoming schedule detailing when we will visit your school's campus here.

  • Are there housing opportunities for transfer students?

    Yes, absolutely! Check out our residence hall options here.

  • How do I find out about internships and career information?

    Learn about internships, student jobs, and our career services for students here.

  • How do I find out about study abroad opportunities?

    Please visit our Study Abroad page for details. You may also search for specific program opportunities here.

  • How do I find out about research opportunities?

    Learn about student research opportunities here.

  • How can I find out about resources for undocumented students?

    Please visit the IIT One Stop for undocumented students resource page here.

  • Where can I learn about disability services for students?

    Please view our Center for Disability Resources here.

  • Where can I get information on ROTC?

    Please view information on ROTC opportunities here.

  • Where can I learn about support for veteran students?

    Please view information for Veterans here.

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