@OunceOfAction - The Duchossois Leadership Scholars program is specifically looking for students who are excellent academically but who also demonstrate leadership qualities. The program is very competitive because of the restricted numbers (a total of 16 students steady state). It is also very new. This year was the first class and the first two faculty endowed chairs were selected. The program will have a close mentoring relationship between the students and the faculty. For the coming year, we will select 3 incoming students for the scholarship program. We take a look at all the applicants (deadline for special application is February 1, 2012) and then select the students we will invite to campus for an interview. The academic criteria are like those of the Camras Scholars program but we look for students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in high school. If you are interested, please make sure to fill out the supplementary Duchossois application. http://www.iit.edu/undergrad_admissi...ssois_form.pdf
Now on to your other questions about the physics program at IIT. Last year, we had students from our physics program accepted to the following programs: Cal Tech, UC Berkeley, MIT, University of Wisconsin, Johns Hopkins, University of Notre Dame. This year, I know of one student who has already been admitted to University of Wisconsin. Over the years, we have had students go on to University of Texas - Austin, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, University of California Santa Barbara, Princeton and lots of others. It is a pretty small program but we have a strong research faculty with programs in high energy physics, materials physics (specifically using the beam lines we operate at the Advanced Photon Source | Argonne National Laboratory
) and biophysics. Students who are interested in going to graduate school get lots of opportunity to get involved in research (I have 6 working with me this semester) and they tell me that once they get to their graduate programs, they feel like they are well prepared for the courses they need to take (many take our graduate courses in their final year).
If you are on a campus visit, please make sure to see me. Good Luck!