Welcome new students

Welcome new students

First steps for new students

Congratulations on your admission to IIT Institute of Design. There are several steps to take prior to attending ID as a new student.

  1. Make sure you can access your myIIT Account and email
  2. Submit a deposit to reserve your place as a newly admitted student
  3. Obtain your I-20 and start your visa process (international students only), submit a financial affidavit, supporting documents, and your passport to You can see detailed instructions here.
  4. Complete your immunization requirements before the start of the semester
  5. Import the ID community calendar to your Google Calendar. This is where we share important events and announcements. To import, click the drop-down menu next to “Other Calendars” and select “Add by URL,” then paste this address:
  6. Take note of key dates for the fall 2022 semester. New student orientation starts the week of August 15 and classes start on August 22, 2022. You will see the full academic calendar here.
  7. Sign up for an upcoming Zoom information session to meet the ID community. Dates are listed below.

If you have questions or troubles with any of the steps above, please reach out

Meet the ID community

We encourage all of our new students to join one (or more!) of our upcoming Zoom sessions. These will be a great chance to meet other incoming students, current students, faculty and staff. Please register for each individual call below.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 8-9am CST, RSVP
  • Thursday, March 24, 8-9am CST, RSVP – MDes/MBA students only
  • Tuesday, April 5, 5:30-6:30pm CST, RSVP
  • Wednesday, April 13, 8-9am CST, RSVPMDes/MBA & MDes/MPPA students only

Getting started

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

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 ID Gmail account to access this site (instructions are in your admissions letter and here).

Find housing

Most of our students choose to live off campus to enjoy life as a Chicagoan. For more resources about various neighborhoods, expected rental rates, and apartment hunting sites, we encourage you to read through the documents below.

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

Fellowships + Financial Aid

Visit IIT’s office of financial aid webpage for more information on funding options and opportunities. Please be advised, many options may only be available to undergraduate students so read descriptions carefully before applying.

Let’s get social

IIT Institute of Design is on many social media platforms. You can get news, updates, and inspiration by following on: