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Illinois Institute of Technology


Illinois Institute of Technology is a private, technology-focused research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences and applied technology

One of 21 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU), Illinois Tech offers exceptional preparation for professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Founded in 1890, IIT is a Ph.D.-granting technological university awarding degrees in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, as well as in architecture, psychology, design, business and law. IIT was formed in 1940 by the merger of the Armour Institute of Technology, founded in 1890, and the Lewis Institute, founded in 1895. Both schools had nationally recognized engineering programs. The university currently consists of five campuses in the Chicago area.

Today the university provides a variety of options for students interested in the sciences. IIT offers a wide range of engineering degree programs, including aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, as well as a range of degrees in architecture and the sciences. For liberal arts-minded students, the school awards degrees for majors including communications, humanities and political science. The school also runs an Institute of Design; the Chicago-Kent College of Law, which is particularly well known for its trial advocacy program; the Stuart School of Business; and other graduate student programs.

Illinois Institute of Technology is ranked the 96th in the 2019 edition of US News & World Report.

Master in Finance is ranked 5th in the USA according to The Financial Times 2018.

Notable alumni of the university include President of the Republic of Lithuania, who served two terms, Political fundraiser, restaurateur, and real estate developer who helped Rod Blagojevich become Governor of Illinois - Tony Rezko, inventor of the mobile phone while working at Motorola - Martin Cooper, and many others.


Illinois Institute of Technology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition to comprehensive, university-wide accreditation, Illinois Tech’s individual academic units and programs may fall under the purview of specialized/program accreditors. Such accreditation includes:

  • Armour College of Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • The College of Architecture NAAB-accredited programs include the Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture.
  • The College of Science B.S. in Computer Science Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • The Lewis College of Human Sciences Clinical Psychology Program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • The Lewis College of Human Sciences Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology Program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education.
  • The School of Applied Technology Bachelor of Information Technology and Management Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • Stuart School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
  • English Language Services (ELS) is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2018 through April 2023.
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Academic specialism

IIT is divided into five colleges: Armour College of Engineering, College of Science, Lewis College of Human Sciences, College of Architecture, Chicago-Kent College of Law; one institute - Institute of Design; two schools: School of Applied Technology, Stuart School of Business plus a number of research centers, some of which provide academic programs independent of the other academic units. While many maintain undergraduate programs, some only offer graduate or certificate programs.

Most popular majors are architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical and electronics engineering.

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Illinois Institute of Technology
3300 S Federal St,
Chicago, United States
IL 60616
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The university is located in the City of Chicago, the third-most populous city in the United States. This is in northeastern Illinois on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago is the principal city in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, situated in the Midwestern United States and the Great Lakes region.