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Welcome to ID!

Congratulations on your admission to the Institute of Design at Illinois Tech, the only US design school devoted completely to graduate students. By uniting science and rigor with creativity and rapid iteration, we’re recognized around the globe as pioneers in human-centered design, systems design, and other methods that apply design to the real world.

At ID, we prepare leaders to take on thorny, complex challenges in areas like sustainability, healthcare, education, business innovation, and urban life. Your time here will prepare you for your future, however you decide to make an impact.

Explore the resources on this page as you prepare to get started at ID. If you have questions, please reach out admissions@id.iit.edu.

ID students at orientation week

First Steps for New Students

1. Log into Access Illinois Tech: access.iit.edu.

Please refer to your admission letter for your credentials to log in. For more information on account setup, see instructions on this page: Access Illinois Tech setup.

2. To access your new email account, click on the Gmail icon in the dashboard. Please communicate with all Illinois Tech departments, including faculty and staff, with your new Illinois Tech email account.

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot at the Institute of Design. Please note that this deposit will be applied to your first tuition payment. To submit a deposit:

1. Log into access.iit.edu.

Your username is your Illinois Tech email address before the @ symbol, which was sent to you in your admission letter.

2. Click on the MyIIT application, then click on the “Manage My Account” icon at the top of the page.

3. You will be redirected to TouchNet, click on the eDeposit tab from the top menu and make your deposit payment.

4. Please know that you may submit an ACH payment (electronic check) for no additional charge, but all credit card payments incur a 2.7% fee.

Please contact ID directly at admssions@id.iit.edu if you are having any trouble with your deposit.

Obtain your I-20 and start your visa process, submit a financial affidavit, supporting documents, and your passport to admissions@id.iit.edu.

The Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) requires that all F-1 and J-1 students show proof of financial support for their first year of each program of university study in the United States. In order to meet this requirement, all applicants who need a visa to enter or stay in the United States must submit the following documents in .pdf form to admissions@id.iit.edu:

  1. A Financial Affidavit form (download here) signed by the student and personal sponsors
  2. Proof of support documents (bank statement or award letters)
  3. Copy of passport (identification page)

In computing your expenses, you should bear in mind that Student (F) or Exchange (J) visa holders are not authorized to work off campus as a means of support during their first two consecutive semesters at the Institute of Design.

A form I-20 or DS-2019 (for the issuance of a visa) cannot be issued to you until you have been admitted to the Institute of Design, paid the tuition deposit, and submitted the documentation above.

Please note, you are likely to need original copies of all documentation when applying for a visa with the United States Consulate or Embassy. We suggest, therefore, that you request two copies of each official document and keep one for yourself.

Before the start of your first semester, you will need to complete your immunization requirements. See this page for the latest instructions: immunization requirements.

Spring 2023 semester:

  • Orientation starts the week of January 9, 2023
  • Classes start on January 17, 2023

Fall 2023 semester:

  • Orientation starts the week of August 14, 2023
  • Classes start on August 21, 2023

You can see the full academic calendar for Illinois Tech here.

Resources & Guides

Many students are eager to start their journey. We suggest you review some of the information for incoming students to get your feet wet and get ready to dive in. Take a peek at our various student guides.

You will find these documents and many other resources that you will use throughout your time at ID, on our GuideID website, which was created by students for students. You will need to log into your new Illinois Tech account to access this site (instructions are above).

Fellowships & Financial Aid

A number of fellowships and scholarships to offset the cost of tuition. All newly admitted MDes and PhD students are automatically considered for fellowships and scholarships, with early admissions considered first.

Find Housing

Most ID students choose to live off campus in the many neighborhoods of Chicago. For more resources about various neighborhoods, expected rental rates, and apartment-hunting sites, explore these handbooks and guides.

Living on campus is also a convenient option for students who are new to Chicago. To learn more about the on-campus housing options, availability this semester, the application process, and more, please visit the Illinois Tech Office of Residence Life site. They can be reached directly at housing@iit.edu and +1-312-567-5075.

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