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Introduction

Located in the great global city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a top-tier, nationally ranked, private research university with programs in engineering, computer science, architecture, design, science, business, human sciences, and law. As Chicago’s only comprehensive tech-focused university, Illinois Tech offers a bachelor of science, master of science, professional master’s, and Ph.D. degrees, as well as certificates, in in-demand STEM fields and other areas of innovation. Options include in-person, hybrid, and online courses. Undergraduate students can take part in dual-degree and pre-med/pre-health programs, as well as Illinois Tech’s Accelerated Master’s Program, which allows them to receive both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years.

Illinois Tech is the only university to offer all students the Elevate program. Elevate guarantees that students participate in hands-on experiences—internships, research, competitions, study away, career-focused short courses, and more—that empower them with the twenty-first-century skills that employers seek. Elevate also ensures students receive personalized academic and career mentorship from a team of advisers and are uniquely career-ready upon graduation.

Illinois Tech is ranked #1 in Illinois among private colleges for return on investment (after aid, PayScale) and is the #44 ranked best value school in the United States (U.S. News & World Report). Illinois Tech graduates achieve a 92.8% employment rate within six months of graduation (2021 class). Its alumni include the inventor of the cell phone, the pioneer of barcode technology, and the head scientist for Amazon Alexa, among other leaders.

Students enjoy studying and living on a historic campus just minutes from downtown Chicago, which offers networking, internship, and career opportunities. Less than a mile from Lake Michigan’s stunning beaches, Illinois Tech’s campus has been acclaimed as “one of America’s most beautiful college campuses.” Illinois Tech students come from more than 106 countries and all 50 states.

Statistics

First Destination

The vast majority of our graduates obtained full-time employment or decided to continue their education through graduate studies. Learn more about the percentages of our graduates employed full-time, part-time, in graduate school, serving in the military, or pursuing volunteer opportunities.

Top Employers

Every year, Illinois Tech graduates self-report their success to Career Services. Our graduates obtain positions at companies and organizations of all sizes, including start-ups, early-stage companies, and Fortune 500 corporations.

  • Accenture
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  • Amazon
  • ComEd
  • Google, Inc.
  • Deloitte
  • Ford Motor Company
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Relativity
  • Exelon Corporation
  • General Motors
  • Grainger
  • Medline Industries, Inc.
  • Sargent & Lundy
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Stantec

Starting Salary

Our graduates earn competitive starting salaries

We provide students with the information they need to understand salary expectations by industry, sector, and geographic location.

  • Mean: $63,938 Yearly
  • Median: $64,200 Yearly

Employment Locations

Our graduates select positions across the U.S. and the world.

Top Universities

The list below provides a list of universities most often attended by Illinois Tech graduates for graduate school.

  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University
  • Midwestern University
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • DePaul University
  • Northeastern University
  • Illinois College of Optometry
  • New York University
  • The University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • Cornell University
  • George Washington University
  • Purdue University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University

Degree Types

Illinois Tech graduates are well-positioned to pursue continuing education in a variety of areas.

Fields of Study

An Illinois Tech degree positions graduates for continuing education in a wide variety of STEM-related areas.

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    Visa Requirements

    International Student Visa Requirement

    Most international students who wish to enter the United States for educational purposes will need to apply for a student visa. Degree-seeking international students at Illinois Tech will receive Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa, whereas non-degree-seeking international students (visiting and exchange students) will receive Form DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 student visa.

    Students must complete the following steps to receive their immigration documents and receive a visa to study at Illinois Tech. Please note that Canadian citizens have a different process outlined below.

    1. Submit the Required Documentation

    All students must submit a copy of their passport and a Financial Affidavit of Support Form in order to receive an I-20 or DS-2019. You may upload a copy of your passport and Financial Affidavit of Support Form to your Application Tracker. Upon admission and submission of required documents, I-20s and DS-2019’s are generally processed within five business days.

    Students who are currently studying in the United States will need to request a SEVIS transfer release from their current institution before we are able to issue an I-20. SEVIS records can only be available to one school at a time, so students must finish their studies at their current institution before being eligible to transfer their SEVIS record and receive an I-20 from Illinois Tech.

    2. Obtain a Form I-20/Form DS-2019

    Please make sure that your name, biographical information, and program information are all listed correctly on your I-20 or DS-2019, as this information will be used for the visa stamp in your passport.

    3. Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

    All new students must pay a SEVIS fee before the United States Department of State will issue a visa. We recommend paying this fee as soon as you receive your immigration documents to allow sufficient time for the fee payment to be updated in your SEVIS record. Upon payment, you will be issued a receipt that you must bring to your visa appointment.

    4. Schedule a Visa Interview

    We recommend applying for your visa as early as possible, as interview appointments and visa processing wait times vary by country. The steps of applying for a visa and scheduling an interview vary based on the U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply. You will need the following information to schedule your interview:

    Full university name: Illinois Institute of Technology

    University address: 10 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616

    School Code (for I-20’s): CHI214F00379000

    Program Number (for DS-2019’s): P-1-00266

    5. Attend Visa Interview

    The documents you are required to bring to your visa interview will depend on your location, so you should confirm with your local embassy or consulate what documentation is required. In general, you should prepare to bring the following documents:

    • Passport valid for at least six months into the future
    • Original Illinois Tech I-20 or DS-2019
    • Official Illinois Tech admission letter (included in your I-20 or DS-2019 package)
    • Completed and signed visa application forms
    • Photograph(s) in the required format • Receipt of SEVIS I-901 fee payment
    • Proof of funding sufficient to cover your tuition and living expenses during the first year of your program. You may demonstrate this by providing the original versions of the Financial Affidavit of Support Form and bank statement you submitted to receive your immigration documents.

    6. Arrive in the United States

    You are allowed to enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. Make sure to carry your immigration documents (passport with visa, I-20 or DS-2019, financial documents) with you in your carry-on luggage. You should report to Illinois Tech’s International Center to check in within two days of arriving in Chicago. If you have an F-1 visa, you will have a “grace period” of 60 days following your program end date to leave the U.S. If you are a J-1 student, you will be required to leave the U.S. within 30 days of your program completion date.

    Canadian citizens

    Canadian citizens do not need student visas to study in the U.S.; however, you do need to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 from Illinois Tech. As soon as you receive your immigration documents you should pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.

    • When you cross the border to study in the U.S. you will need to provide the officer at the port of entry:
    • Valid passport
    • Original Illinois Tech I-20 or DS-2019
    • Receipt of SEVIS I-901 fee payment
    • Proof of funding sufficient to cover your tuition and living expenses during the first year of your program; you may demonstrate this by providing the original versions of the Financial Affidavit of Support Form and bank statement you submitted to receive your immigration documents
    • Proof of your ties to Canada

    Locations

    • West 35th Street,10, 60616, Chicago

    Questions