2019 Undergraduate Admission FAQ

What are the application deadlines for 2019?
ROLLING (spring): NOV 15, 2018 (international); DEC 1, 2018 (domestic)

PRIORITY (fall): DEC 1, 2018
ROLLING (fall): MAY 15, 2019 (international); AUG 1, 2019 (domestic)

May I enroll in the Spring semester?
We do accept Spring applications for undergraduate admissions. Please note, due to the highly structured curriculum the student will not be able to start their studio classes until the Fall. The student will have the chance to catch up after the 4th year, during this year students will have the opportunity to take a summer studio.

Where do I send my materials?
All admission material (except for the portfolio) can be sent to:
Illinois Institute of Technology
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
10 West 33rd Street
Perlstein Hall, Room 101
Chicago, IL 60616

First-year: Electronic versions of portfolios can be emailed to your Undergraduate Admissions Counselor.

Transfer: Portfolios can be mailed to:
Illinois Institute of Technology
College of Architecture
3360 S State Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact the College of Architecture Admissions Office at arch@iit.edu or 312.567.3260.

Is a portfolio required?
The IIT Architecture does not require a portfolio from high school applicants; however, we always welcome a concise portfolio showing any visual work from art classes, architecture classes, or internships in the profession.

Transfer students are required to submit their portfolio after they are accepted to determine Architecture course transfer credit. A complete portfolio is required for the College’s transfer credit evaluation and studio placement. Portfolio requirements can be found at here.

How many Architecture transfer credits are considered?
Due to the studio structure of this program, students may transfer a maximum of two years of studio credit, 4 semesters, 24 credit hours; non-studio course are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To be placed in second year you must have earned 12 credit hours for studio courses.

How can I apply for a scholarship?
IIT offers both need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships. Students who apply by the priority deadline have the best opportunity to receive the most IIT scholarship funds. Financial aid for new students is processed by the Office of Financial Aid. To be considered for financial aid at IIT, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or renewal FAFSA. The student must designate "IIT" on the FAFSA with our code: 001691.

Are there any College specific scholarships?
Crown Scholarship – each year the College of Architecture provides full tuition for five years to one first-year, full-time architecture student. The Crown Scholarship looks for creativity, ingenuity and a desire to study architecture in a historic place like Chicago, IIT, and S. R. Crown Hall. Students need to submit an additional application, provide academic credentials and creative work consisting of 4-20 pieces of work expressing your interest in architecture. The creative work must include at least one freehand drawing. Additional information can be found here.

When will I receive the admission/denial?
Decisions are made within two weeks of receiving completed application materials. Notification begins in early October.

When do I need to respond?
The priority deadline to submit your deposit is May 1st. An extension may be granted if circumstances merit one.

What are the estimated costs of your program?
2018-2019 Example Budget - New Undergraduate Student*
Tuition: $45,872
Fees: $1,734
Room and Board: $12,762
Books and Supplies: $1,250
Transportation: $1,170
Personal/Miscellaneous: $2,500

Are there student organizations I can reach out to?
AIAS - American Institute of Architecture Students
Email: aias@iit.edu

ASLA - American Society of Landscape Architects
Email: iitasla@gmail.com

NOMAS - National Organization of Minority Architecture Students
Email: nomas.iit@gmail.com

IIT Arquitectos
Email: iitarqui@gmail.com

Is the IIT Architecture programs eligible for OPT?
Yes, the following programs are eligible: B.Arch, M.Arch, MLA, M.Arch/MLA & M.S Arch.
Optional Practical Training is for undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status who have completed or who have been pursuing their degrees and are permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work for at most 12 months. Additional information can be found here. Questions regarding OPT STEM should be directed to the International Center at icenter@iit.edu.

How do I schedule a visit to the IIT College of Architecture?
We invite you to visit the College of Architecture to view our facilities, meet with admissions staff and see the student work in progress. We recommend visiting on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm when architecture design studios are in session. Individual visits to the College of Architecture begin by scheduling an appointment through the Undergraduate Admissions Office here. Please indicate that you are interested in visiting with the Architecture department, a visit to our department will then be coordinated.

For more information about undergraduate admission, please visit IIT Office of Undergraduate Admission.