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 103rd in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities.
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.
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.
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.