IIT is "International" for a couple of reasons; we have a very large population of International students, particularly in the Graduate programs where the percentage ranges from 75-85%, and we do offer graduate programs online and in other countries, most notably in Bangalore, India.
Lots of special programs and clubs...what are your interests? That would be easier to answer.
Climate: Hot in the summer, pretty darn cold in the winter and gorgeous in the fall and spring.
Faculty: Depends on your program. I like them but I've been a part of them for 18 years now so that means I'm not the best judge. You do need to realize that IIT is a major research university which means the major focus of many of the faculty is research. If you are doing an M.S. this is to your benefit as it means more research opportunities for you, but it also means that classroom teaching may not be the main focus of some of your faculty. There are also non-research faculty and sometimes you just need to figure out who is best to go to when you have problems.
Environment: Definitely and aggressively URBAN in one of the greatest cities in the world. IIT requires all residential students to get a U-Pass, which allows you unlimited rides on buses and the El trains. This means you can hop on the Red Line or Green Line trains from the south end of the IIT campus and be in the heart of Chicago in about seven minutes. It is an exciting and vibrant city with plenty of cool free entertainment going on all the time.
Rankings: In U.S. News and World Report, IIT ranked 106 among major U.S. universities and is part of Tier 1. See Illinois Institute of Technology - Best Colleges - Education - US News and World Report
. IIT was ranked the 72nd best graduate school for engineering in US News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools 2009". IIT was also on Princeton Review's list of 368 best colleges in the United States and on its list of Best Midwest Colleges.
Academics: Rigorous with high expectations. But you will learn a lot...and that's the point, isn't it?
Financial Aid: Oooo faculty members don't know anything about financial aid. Sorry.