Illinois Institute of Technology Top Questions

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?


Well, for one, I am white and seated next to a Pakistani girl. And we are not studying. True, IIT does require dedication from its students because the courseload is great. But we all find time to hang out around campus or enjoy the city. Plus, the hours of studying pay off. I've seen enough proof of that.


For the most part, I do not agree with a lot of the stereotypes. The boy to girl ratio as of now is about 4 to 1 or 3 to 1 which is very good considering when I was coming in, in 2005 it was 6 to 1. Also as each year brings in new freshman the ratio is more and more closer to even. As for seeing architecture students, we do work a lot of very different hours compared to the other majors however, it is easier because you are working side by side with other architecture students during those not so typical hours. Also, usually architecture students have less finals than other majors which is really nice. The academic work load is rather heavy but that develops really good work habits for students.


Every now and then you might find people that fit the stereotypes, but that's bound to happen. I find it easy to make friends with people, hang out, and go to parties.


I would say that although all of them might be true to some extent, I would say that the ones that stand out to me the most are that the students here are very hard working and smart. Many of them come from different backgrounds and have many different talents. I would say that almost everyone can find someone they can relate with whether you like sports or playing video games. I particularly enjoy athletics and being social and not being labeled a nerd no matter how much people say that all IIT students are nerds. I would say that being anti-social at our school is inaccurate as there are so many activities available to students, and the students are the ones who are initiating them.


not exactly, but close