Student Life

Student Life

One of our most deeply-held values at ID is diversity—of culture, thought, and experience. And while ID students come from many different backgrounds, countries, careers, and industries, we develop strong relationships through collaborative work and shared experiences.

Because of this focus on collaboration, you will forge long-lasting bonds, both with fellow students and the larger ID community. Indeed, our alumni community of over 2,400 is active and engaged, supporting you during your study and beyond.

For me, ID is the place where big thinkers meet each other to think bigger.
—Nigel Antony (MDes + MBA 2018)

Support + Access

With an average class size of 16 students, open faculty offices near student and studio workspaces, and the support of an individual advisor, we make every effort to support your unique goals from your first day at ID. Our robust offering of career services will help you plan for life and career after graduation.

My time at ID was the most transformational experience of my life. I am who I am today as a result of this new world that this education and its network have shown me.
—Brianna Sylver (MDes 2003)

Opportunities to Lead

Aside from coursework, students engage in activities centered around culture, personal passions, and skill-building. These help build the relationships that support our collaborative environment.

The Institute of Design Student Association (IDSA)

IDSA advocates for students and creates activities at ID that engage with design outside the classroom and connect students to one another and ID faculty and staff. The student association annually leads International Food Fest, NOWhaus, and other social functions, like end-of-semester parties. They also take up occasional and ongoing initiatives like the Bauhaus Anniversary Newspaper, ID composting efforts, and site and studio visits at Greater Good, McDonald’s, Capital One, and more. 

IDSA Committees
IDSA is made up of five mission-driven committees:

  • IDSA Studio Committee — cultivating a collaborative, inclusive space in the ID studio.
  • IDSA Advocacy Committee — advocating for students regarding curriculum changes, new faculty hires, student well-being, and more.
  • IDSA Neighborhood Committee — welcoming non-designers to get to know our work and collaborate with our neighbors to design solutions that address local challenges.
  • IDSA Industry Committee  providing students opportunities to learn from working professionals through events and initiatives with industry leaders and ID alumni.
  • IDSA Global Committee representing the diversity of cultural, social, and experiential backgrounds at ID and working for greater social good through speaker series, film festivals, and international student outreach.

Illinois Tech Student Government Association

The Student Government Association acts as a liaison between the university's administration and its student body. Learn more and get involved.


Student Events

ID International Food Fest
A favorite ID tradition with cultural foods and flavors from all over the world.

ID students and staff share their inspirations, obsessions, and surprisingly observations.

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