Best Engineering Colleges in Illinois

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We have created a 2018 ranking of the best colleges in Illinois that offer Engineering degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 97 Engineering schools located within Illinois. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best Engineering Colleges in Illinois for 2018

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Northwestern University Evanston, IL

Northwestern University offers 93 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large private university in a small city. In 2015, 1,144 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 475 Bachelor's degrees, 466 Master's degrees, 147 Doctoral degrees, and 56 Certificates degrees.

Based on 40 Reviews
2 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology offers 48 Engineering Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,045 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 573 Master's degrees, 427 Bachelor's degrees, and 45 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
3 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL

Freshmen get their feet wet immediately with Illinois Engineering First-Year Experience. After four weeks of Engineering 100, students spend the rest of the course on a customized project. Past participants have done everything from creating a Helix wind turbine prototype using a 3D printer to building a machine to spread condiments on bagels. Such hands-on experiences continue in courses such as Learning in Community in which teams of students work on projects proposed by nonprofit organizations. You might help design a more cost-efficient prosthetic arm or construct footbridges for underprivileged Chinese villages. A Wall Street Journal survey of employers lists University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign engineering graduates among the top five most prepared for the workforce. We’re not surprised. In fact, over Winter Break, students may choose to do a one-day job shadow. Students experience a day in the life of an engineer at places such as Caterpillar, the Federal Aviation Administration, Intel Corp, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The university’s effort to maintain ties with local employers also pays off upon graduation. Students on average receive two or more job offers, and the starting salary for those with a BS in engineering from U of I is about 8 percent higher than the national average.

Based on 104 Reviews
4 University of Chicago Chicago, IL

University of Chicago offers 4 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 17 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
5 Bradley University Peoria, IL

Bradley University offers 32 Engineering Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 260 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 178 Bachelor's degrees, and 82 Master's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
6 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago offers 39 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 1,011 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 554 Bachelor's degrees, 386 Master's degrees, and 71 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
7 Lewis University Romeoville, IL

Lewis University offers 11 Engineering Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 13 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 13 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offers 26 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 700 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 455 Bachelor's degrees, 226 Master's degrees, and 19 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 68 Reviews
9 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago offers 8 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 101 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 52 Master's degrees, 49 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
10 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville offers 13 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 274 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 190 Bachelor's degrees, and 84 Master's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Northwestern University Northwestern University Evanston, IL
5/5
10 : 1 21,655
Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
5/5
20 : 1 7,792
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
4/5
20 : 1 45,842
University of Chicago University of Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
7 : 1 15,391
Bradley University Bradley University Peoria, IL
5/5
14 : 1 5,338
University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
3/5
14 : 1 29,048
Lewis University Lewis University Romeoville, IL
5/5
19 : 1 6,679
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL
3/5
16 : 1 17,292
Loyola University Chicago Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
15 : 1 16,437
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
3/5
21 : 1 14,265
Wheaton College Wheaton College Wheaton, IL
5/5
13 : 1 2,929
Eastern Illinois University Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
3/5
17 : 1 8,520
Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
3/5
22 : 1 20,130
Concordia University-Chicago Concordia University-Chicago River Forest, IL
5/5
17 : 1 5,239
Illinois State University Illinois State University Normal, IL
3/5
22 : 1 20,760
School of the Art Institute of Chicago School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
10 : 1 3,591
University of St Francis University of St Francis Joliet, IL
5/5
21 : 1 3,957
McKendree University McKendree University Lebanon, IL
5/5
19 : 1 3,001
Saint Xavier University Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL
5/5
17 : 1 3,949
University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
3/5
22 : 1 5,402
North Park University North Park University Chicago, IL
5/5
15 : 1 3,159
Benedictine University Benedictine University Lisle, IL
5/5
19 : 1 5,954
Dominican University Dominican University River Forest, IL
5/5
15 : 1 3,696
Roosevelt University Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
5/5
15 : 1 5,352
Illinois Wesleyan University Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
5/5
11 : 1 1,842

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