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Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois, United States | Private

About

Illinois Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in the year 1940, when the erstwhile Armour Institute of Technology and Lewis Institute merged into one. Although you wouldn’t find this school in anyone’s Top 5 list, it’s actually pretty good for Electrical and Computer Engineering. This, coupled with the fact that it’s in full-of-opportunities Chicago, makes it a decent choice for students with not-so-great profiles. Also, it has a pretty high acceptance rate, so most students can expect to get it. It ranks #641 according to U.S. News' 'Best Global Universities Ranking' list.

Cost

Moderate

$20,678

Average Living Expenses (Bachelors)

$19,900

Average Living Expenses (Masters)

Rankings

#736

US News ranking

#426

Qs ranking

#301-350

Times New ranking

Admissions

58%

Avg acceptance rate (Bachelors)

$75 - $225

Application Fee

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Location

The one thing that makes IIT so popular is its location. Chicago has been voted as one of the best cities in the world to live in, and it’s one of the major financial capitals as well. It’s also a hugely busy city, which would be very clear when you see the endless activity. To add to all of this, it’s extremely safe (well, most of it). Full marks for location, although one thing that may not agree too well with you is the weather…

Residing Options

When it comes to housing, almost all grad students choose to live off-campus. Everyone advises their juniors to start looking well in advance, since all the newer (and thus better) houses get gobbled up pretty quick. The rent you pay isn’t a joke, but it’s far, far less than what you’ll end up paying if you choose to live on campus. Most students try living nearer the city, although that increases your travelling time a bit, but it seems worth the trouble since it’s much safer, and there’s a lot more to do there.

Jobs and placements

Now the jobs you get hugely depend on the course you’re doing, and even more on your performance in the course. Since Chicago has a world of opportunities, yes you’ll probably end up with a job, but it may or may not be to your liking. Don’t forget that IIT isn’t the greatest of universities, and if there’s another recession (which seems likely every once in a while now), just hope that it doesn’t get caught out in the cold when it comes to placements.

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