| Total Grad Surveys || 15 |
| Females || 4 |
| Males || 11 |
| Avg years at University || 2.1 |
| I 100% agree with the previous review from the psych grad program. Be prepared to spend at least 10 years in the grad school because the faculty pay you no attention, while you pay them thousands and thousands of dollars (or take out the loans) so that they can string you along. At the same time, you'll be told by the program director that you should not be working and should treat school as your full time job. And finally, my bachelors degree from a different university wasn't completed until after I was in my 4th year of grad school at IIT. That really shouldn't happen. |
| Feb 06 2012 || Psychology |
| Attending IIT is like a prison sentence. If you don't get "shanked in the yard" walking around campus, you will get intellectually sodomized by the faculty, who act like inmates serving a life sentence. They take out their frustrations on you. You must be very, very tough to make it here. It is not for the weak of heart. The neighborhood is bad, the facilities are depressing and the classes are like punishment. |
| Apr 16 2011 || Biology |
| Beware, of this program and any promises it might make ? faculty come and go at breakneck speed and, despite claims to the contrary, there is no funding. Course quality ranges from adequate to shameful with an internship requirement that is nothing more than a tax on unsuspecting students. Save yourself $100,000 and years of frustration trying to reach your advisor - who you?ll be lucky to see once or twice a semester - and apply at a school that has a genuine interest in its students |
| May 18 2010 || Psychology |
| The faculty in the department are good, however the top level management of the University is terrible. I came from a Big10 university and will definitely not stay at IIT any longer than I have to. Poorly run, sinking ship. Stay away. |
| May 16 2010 || Mechanical Engineering |
I think you have already chosen your university, but in case you haven't or for future students there: avoid this university. The reasons are multiple but the main reason is that they don't offer enough quality for what you pay. Diversity is good every where, but diversity doesn't mean all exept americans: teachers and students are almost foreigners (I'm not American and i just had 2 American students in my classes). So if you are american you will feel appart because we do our geethos. And if you are foreigner you will feel that your english is not imporving as it has to be for being in the States. This absence of Americans it's easily explained: the quality is so low that locals prefer go to other universities. Their technique is going abroad and offer "grants" to the students, just for being partnerships schools. They say that teir program costs 25000$ but you just will have to pay 12000$, why?? If the programm is good it would deserve each dollar it costs!|
What I did after wasting 6 month there was visit other real universities and transfer there. Of course I learned something there, because some teachers were "good" but inexperienced. However, others were pretty bad and you could see it if you knew a little about they were talking.
My subjective opinion is noone should go to IIT. But I will try to show some objective reasons:
- No locals: it can mean that locals avoid this
- No american teachers: this can mean that they can only hire foreigners, the ones that desesperately needs some help with their visas or the ones who can't go better universities.
- No locals + No american teacher + many people from your country = getthos: This means that if you are a foreigner your level of english would not increase as much as you expected. I ended up talking more in my native languague than in english.
- Ugly and old campus: again is subjective, but after beeing in UC campus and IIT campus and in UC campus there were better ambience for studying and partying. Even the gym sucks (little and old)
The best for a prospective student would be to spend one week in Chicago and try to go some classes (they are so crowded that they won't notice that you are there). So if you don't have any other university, try harder, but if I were you, I would avoid this.
| Nov 04 2009 || Electrical Engineering |
I do not recommend this U., and I have spoken with others who are similarly unimpressed, and heard rumblings by even more as I sat on the computer.|
1) It is written that international students can waive the expensive iit health care plan if they have other coverage. Not true. I had to badger the Dean's office repeatedly for weeks after I arrived to get the charges removed from my account. When I was finally successful, I was told that if I told anyone else and they wanted to opt out too, I'd be forced to pay! (I guess they didn't want to lose an easy money source.)
2) I was placed in a ph.d. course during the first month of my masters and told it was a master's course. When I wanted out and this conflicted with my visa the advisor who had placed me there wrote a nasty comment on the bottom of the sheet (whose box stated that I was reqesting a lower course minimum for my visa because of improper placement) which said that it was an appropriate course, it was just me who believed otherwise, for my own reasons.
3) Expensive, no available TA/RAship for me. No lab/thesis for me.
After meeting with the chair and announcing intentions of leaving I was told the chair would try and get me some lab work in the summer. (No details provided.)
4) Badly run. No pre-planning more than a month in advance for courses, books, teachers. The core masters courses are all in semester one, so a student has to be there over the two years to cover all of them.
Poor course instruction. A mumbling old prof. ran through his equations, making mistakes and erasing over the 3 boards thereafter. The homework had numerous corrections which were made by the prof. the week-end before hand-in on Monday. Nice. And the integral which I had asked him about (unable to find in the tables) 1 week earlier which he said to do was later emailed as unsolvable by hand calculation.
5) The book store! I was sold a course book with missing pages for which the campus book store refused to provide an undamaged copy without surrendering my old one with all my scribble notes for the first 3 chapters. I had to call the distributor and then the out-of-state Barnes and Noble parent store before I could solve the problem myself.
6) You'll pay $92 for a bus pass that you don't want or need.
7) The Dean is a smooth-talker who'll turn your complaints around and psychoanalyse you uncomplimentarily and to his advantage.
8) Their professional guest speakers are all inhouse or locals and whose expertise quotes things such as "that is what I was told in high school"! I couldn't make this up. It's too sad.
| Feb 27 2009 || Physics |
Those of you who are applying to IIT, please do a thorough check of other universities you are applying to before deciding to come here, if you get in.|
The CS department here is pretty good. Majority of the research is going on in Information Retrieval, Distributed systems and Peer to peer. The faculty are pretty good, pretty well-informed and friendly. The course structure is good and you can balance your courses well through your semesters.
Funding-wise and wrt availability of on-campus jobs, TA and RA positions, the situation is pathetic.
IIT itself overall has poor funding and job scenario. The campus is pretty decent, not too much to talk about. The administrative staff are not very friendly and supportive. They can get hard on students in certain situations, more than necessary.
Also, the facilities are not that great and not too great a planning goes into maintaining the university and improving it. For example, new students have to literally do a Sherlock Holmes to find the restrooms in the campus center. The tennis courts were all bumpy, rough and uneven and the management let the students play on such courts through the summer and has taken up its renovation now at the end of summer, when that should have been done much earlier.
Nevertheless, the campus does have good points to it. The local train line passes right through campus and that makes downtown very easily accessible. Also, there is a 7 eleven store in campus, which is quite helpful (though it is a bit on the costlier side).
Coming to safety, the location of the campus makes it quite an unsafe place in the night. Though the public safety here is making efforts in keeping it safe, they are somehow coming up short.
Finally, if you are looking to stay on-campus, firstly getting an on-campus apartment is pretty difficult. The only advantage of on-campus apartments here is the obvious one of being close to everythin in campus. But, the apartments themselves are not that great and can do with some significant improvement.
All in all, IIT is not really a great university to come to. It has the obvious advantage of being in Chicago, which is an awesome and beautiful city.
Hence, please make a thorough check of other universities and come to IIT only if you believe that it is truly better.
| Sep 15 2008 || Computer Science |
| This school is horrible at providing grad students with funding! The financial aid department is a joke (that is in poor taste), it will not do anything to help you and will often not return calls or emails and if on the rare chance you get a response it is never "lets see what we can do" it is more "that is our policy". The school is way too caught up in the "ProactivIITy" to gave a damn about its students. My advice would be to attend somewhere that does something for the well being of their students. |
| Dec 03 2007 || Biology |
IIT is a popular university for international students. The CS dept is good here and the Information Retrieaval lab here is excellent. The faculty are generally friendly and helpful, barring a few. The student fraternity is also very good and if you intend to, you will find it easy to get into active groups here. Chicago is a beautiful city with some fantastic infrastructure and excellent transportation. The IIT campus is also pretty and well-planned.|
Nevertheless, the campus is located close to a slightly insecure area. The funding scenario and assistantship opportunity is very poor. It also is difficult to get an on-campus job, without which one cannot get an SSN.
Overall, IIT is a good place to study in. One has to be clear about one's intentions and requirements.
| Nov 30 2007 || Computer Science |
| Funding is next to impossible as of 2005 .. otherwise a very good university .. the ECE dept has to improve a lot .. the profs are self absorbed all the time .. Mechanical is very good here .. |
| Aug 27 2005 || Electrical Engineering |
| IIT has an outstanding power engineering faculty, a state of the art student center and the dorms are designed by the world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn. |
| Mar 11 2005 || Electrical Engineering |
| THE SCHOOL IS A GOOD SCHOOL GEARED TOWARD LEARNING AND ENJOYMENT OF RESEARCH...NOT A PARTY SCHOOL... |
| Jan 05 2005 || Biology |
| I hope they start beleiving in Quality is better than Quantity ! |
| Nov 19 2001 || Electrical Engineering |