Opt4STEM offers eligible Von Steuben students the opportunity to take STEM-based college courses at Illinois Tech throughout the academic year. Accepted students will be completely immersed in a college class and receive a full scholarship valued at $4250 and covers the cost of tuition, textbooks, and transportation. Courses offered change depending on availability and timing, but a full course catalog can be found below. 

The application deadline for all Spring 2020 college courses is Sunday, December 1, 2019. Students will then be invited for an interview during the week of Monday, December 9 - Friday, December 13, and admission decisions will be communicated to students that week.  

**Please note: all students selected to participate in a college course will be expected to attend the Opt4STEM Spring Course Orientation at Illinois Tech on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 5-7 pm. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these dual enrollment courses? How many high school credits will I earn?

According to CPS guidelines, Illinois Tech courses are dual enrollment (students receive college credit), but are NOT dual credit (students will not receive high school credit).


How many college credits will I earn? How can I get these credits transferred to my high school transcript? 

The number of college credits earned depends on the course. Please see the front of the flyer to find how many credits a course is worth. Students must receive a C or better to earn college credit and to be eligible to take future courses. In order to get a college transcript, students need to contact the Illinois Tech Registrar's Office ( and request their transcript. The transcript request cost is $12. 


What is the orientation process like?

Before the first class, there is a mandatory orientation that consists of a campus tour, getting your HawkID, and stopping by the bookstore to pick up your textbook and Illinois Tech t-shirt. 


What type of academic support will be provided to ensure I succeed?

Opt4STEM arranges bi-weekly study sessions for each course that are led by either a Von Academic Advisor or an Illinois Tech Academic Tutor. If the course has a Von Academic Advisor, the study sessions are held at Von either before or after school. If the course has an Illinois Tech Academic Tutor, the study sessions are held at Illinois Tech's Academic Resource Center (ARC). Click here for more information about the ARC. The purpose of the study sessions is to provide students with help completing course assignments, studying for tests, and getting their questions answered about the course material. 


How much is the full scholarship? Are there any requirements of the scholarship?

The full scholarship awarded is $4,250. This covers the cost of the tuition, textbooks, and transportation to and from Illinois Tech. All students who receive the scholarship are required to attend all classes and complete all courses assignments to the best of their ability and attend the bi-weekly study sessions with their Von Academic Advisor or Illinois Tech Academic Tutor.


How will I get to Illinois Tech?

Students will be provided either a Ventra Card to take public transportation or a parking permit to park on campus.


Spring 2020 Semester
PSYCH 221: Introduction to Psychology
 (3 credits)

January 13 - May 9, 2020| Mondays & Wednesdays | 5:00 - 6:15 PM

Eligibility Requirements:

Current Sophomore, Junior, or Senior

3.0 GPA (unweighted)

This course will explore a variety of interesting topics in the field including but not limited to clinical psychology, health, perception, and social psychology.


Application Deadline: Sunday, Dec 1, 2019

BIOL 114: Introduction to Human Biology 
(3 credits)

January 13 - May 9, 2020| Tuesdays | 5:00 - 7:40 PM

Eligibility Requirements:

Current Sophomore, Junior, or Senior

3.0 GPA (unweighted)

Students will learn the structures and functions of the human body, the impacts of exercise, diet and obesity, cancer, smoking, HIV/AIDS, and sexual diseases on human health.

Application Deadline: Sunday, Dec 1, 2019

"After taking the class, I have truly fallen in love with Illinois Tech. Being able to take a college course at Illinois Tech, I was able to experience campus life, meet and build relationships with Illinois Tech staff and students, and see the opportunities Illinois Tech offers."

~ Von Student, Class of 2017


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