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Reviews 332 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Chicago is the best, but it takes a solid 15min to get to the city via public transportation.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Only had to go there once. They made me come back the next day since they had no openings

3 College Student

Campus Dining: Its not the best, but I cant complain.

2 College Student

Greek Life: Getting a bid at a frat here is the easiest thing on campus. Literally anyone, and i mean anyone, can get into a fraternity here. The frats and sororities throw the lamest parties imaginable, with most of them acting as if it was middle school again, with the guys in one circle talking, and maybe the four girls that showed up in another circle.

2 College Student

Nightlife: Frats and sororities are a joke.

2 College Student

Athletics: There is literally no school spirit. No one attends any of the athletic events. Our Basketball team, which is apparently one of our biggest sports, lost almost every single game against even the most mediocre schools. I only went to two games and both times there was maybe 35 people in the stands. I dont even know how our soccer and baseball teams did.

1 College Student

Weather: This winter in Chicago lasted 6 months. 6 Months!! Apparently it was the worst winter in years. The wind hurts your face when you walk to class, and although the University does its best to keep snow and sleet off the sidewalks, it will always be a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus, close to the school dining is virtually zero. You usually have to take a bus or train a couple blocks north or west and you can find some really interesting and fun place to eat.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school immediately considers you for a scholarship once you apply which usually is very generous. Then again it should be, as I doubt people will pay $45,000 a year for this school.

Its also pretty difficult to get federal work study or any on campus job and those are on a need basis and those spots usually fill up quickly.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of international students so there is no lack of diversity. That being said, most people are very accepting and I never felt uncomfortable because of my religious or political views.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The lab computers are pretty good. Finding one not being used by a class is a little more difficult and makes it frustrating. Not as frustrating as the iit wifi network that either crashes or refuses to go above 4mbits.sec download speed.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: With being in a major metropolitan area some policies are very strict. All students must check in with a person to enter dorms. Visitors must have a valid ID and a student with them to bring them in. Other policies such as the noise complaint after quiet hours and underage drinking are just a result of students trying to study but being annoyed by other people being disruptive or noisy.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The public safety force is more present than Chicago Police. Most of them are very courteous and friendly to students too.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Chicago has plenty of things to do. A student just needs to be aware of all the possibilities . With the U-Pass a student has free CTA transit so he or she should just take a day to explore the city with some friends

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: As the social life is pretty dull, so it the dating scene. There is also a general attitude about school that "grades trumps everything else" so people tend to put relationships on the back burner

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Winters are ridiculously cold and Summer's are unbelievably hot. But its Chicago, what do you expect?

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The dorms and on campus housing have little to no night life. If you desire for entertainment you should try to explore the city with friends.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I feel the school tries to create the athletics at our school because the administrators believe all universities must have sports. I personally think IIT doesn't need athletics and that money could just go to providing more facilities for students to use.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: With such a small school that doesn't have major drinking days, like University of Illinois's "Unofficial St Patrick's Day", it really matters on who you are friends with. If you are hanging out with people who frequently use drugs than you will feel more pressure. For this reason, I don't think a rating would be acceptable.

As for the policy enforcement, drug use in dorm is a quick way to draw attention from your RA and then public safety. As for alcohol, it is not as strict, but this is probably because you cannot smell anyone drinking like you can if someone was smoking.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I would say that the MTCC, the Paul Galvin library, Herman Hall, Idea Shop and Crown Hall offer a unique architectural feel to the campus that I would say you won't find anywhere else.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The academic facilities are worse for wear. The labs look decent, but the facades of the buildings are in need of a serious makeover. However, in a few years, they will be completely renovated.

If you think that all professors live in the lap of luxury, think again. The offices of the adjuncts look as if they doubled as storage closets. I'm hoping that those places are involved in the renovation as well.

The MTCC, Herman Hall, Crown and the Paul Galvin library as well as the Idea Shop are the best looking buildings on campus that have a great modern feel.

In terms of the gym, the upper level looks great but, the lower level could use a bit of a makeover. The fitness machine area looks like a prison cell.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: not so involved in it

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is one of the few areas in which IIT is lacking. Hardly anyone shows up to games or even talks about them besides the athletes themselves. Once, they even offered free food to anyone who came to try and entice people.

The gym is well-stocked with equipment, but it is in a concrete room on the bottom floor, which makes it pretty dreary. The basketball and badminton courts are nice though.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I would say that the labs are pretty good. Most of the computers have what you need. However, only one lab has Autodesk Inventor on their computers, which sucks since it's on the other side of campus. Otherwise, the computers are well-maintained and fast.

They offer free printing credit, and if you live in MSV, you have 24 hour access to a printing station. The station only offers black and white prints, which should be good for everyday use. If you need color head on over to the library or the MTCC.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It's a lot of work. Sometimes it feels like you're going through a meat grinder, but it's okay. You'll learn a lot. The classes where you work on projects or labs, which are two few for my taste, are great as you get hands on experience. I hear from a lot of people that they get pretty good internships and job offers afterwards.


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