||August 1: Fall 2017 Deadline!
We are still reviewing applications on a rolling basis until theAugust 1 deadline. Decisions are made within two weeks of receiving completed application materials. Students should submit their application as soon as possible to secure space in the residence halls and at orientation.
||Advising Students on Course Selection
Students should take courses each year in math, science, and English. Our best STEM applicants will have taken at least pre-calculus and above, along with honors or AP science courses such as physics, chemistry, and biology. Electives that are relevant to the student’s intended major are beneficial.
||How to Write Strong Supplemental Essays
Students need to be able to answer “Why Illinois Tech?” and“Why my major?” They’ll stand out if they’ve done research, visited campus, and engaged in their field of interest—whether it’s an independent summer project, entrepreneurial endeavor, summer programs and courses, a side job, or extracurricular activities.
||Answering Questions, Clarifying Terms
We are a small, private, STEM-focused institution. What does that mean? 3,000 undergrads and 4,000 grads. Same tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Classes with an underlying foundation in math, science, and technology, and programsranging from business and applied technology to human sciences and architecture.
||Summer Hours and Visits
We will remain open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. for students to take advantage of daily visits, campus tours, and professor meetings. In addition, students can register online for Discover Day at Illinois Tech, which will be held on Saturday, July 22. Ideal for rising juniors and seniors, this is a half-day event with information on academics, campus life, admission, financial aid, and more.
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Illinois Institute of Technology
Perlstein Hall, Room 101
10 West 33rd Street • Chicago, IL 60616-3793
I hope you are enjoying a delightful summer. It is an amazing time of change and transformation at High Point University. The new building that houses our Congdon School of Health Sciences and Wilson School of Pharmacy is open and classes are in session; the finishing touches are happening on our new residential facility, Founders Hall; and, the new student park is nearing completion by the Wanek Center. Along with these amazing physical changes on campus, I also have another exciting update that I wanted to share with you.
The High Point University Faculty Admissions Committee unanimously voted last week to move HPU to ‘test optional’ admissions beginning with the fall 2018 class.
As a university committed to weaving students into the family, HPU has always considered each prospective student on a variety of factors. These include, but are not limited to: GPA, community involvement, academic achievement, leadership demonstration, extracurricular activities, a series of essay submissions and the rigor of their high school. Transitioning to ‘test optional’ reflects the university’s dedication to review the character and full abilities of each applicant in the admissions process. It is also supported by data which shows GPA is a stronger indicator of success rather than SAT or ACT scores. HPU will look for test optional students who work hard, have achieved in the classroom and are prepared for success in college.
Under the new program, submitting SAT or ACT scores in the application for admission will be optional. However, in awarding our Presidential Scholarships (from $7,000 per year to full tuition per year) and selecting top students for our Honors Scholar Program, test scores will be required. Test Optional students with strong GPA’s may still qualify for High Point Scholarships.
We appreciate you sharing this exciting news with your students and families. Our admissions counselors look forward to sharing more about this and many other exciting changes that benefit students at High Point University with you as they travel to your area this fall.
Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of your students and how this may impact them.
D. Andrew Bills
Senior Vice President for Enrollment