School Spotlight: Illinois Institute of Technology

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL

For students who live and breathe science, technology, engineering, or math, and long to be surrounded by classmates and professors who are as equally passionate about the same, look no further than the Illinois Institute of Technology. IIT’s 2,800 undergrads can choose from six academic divisions (such as science, human science, and applied technology) and 36 majors, including popular programs in architecture, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. A brand new major, bioanalytical chemistry, is the first bachelor’s program of its kind available in the US! Given that IIT is a Ph.D. granting institution (with more grad students than undergrads), opportunities for student research are outstanding. Professors’ interests range from macromolecular crystallography to statistical modeling of psychopathology, and the school’s 30 research centers and institutes nearly guarantee that undergrads will find a mentor in their area of interest. Although technology permeates all aspects of academic life, students here still know how to have fun. Active students can turn to 16 D3 varsity sports or more than 150 clubs and organizations, including Greek life and a cappella. Fun fact: IIT’s 120-acre campus, which located just three miles from downtown Chicago, is incredibly diverse; international students and students of color each comprise approximately 25% of the student body.

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Illinois Institute of Technology

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.