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.
Illinois Institute of Technology offers 60 Engineering degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 883 Engineering students graduated with students earning 431 Bachelor's degrees, 413 Master's degrees, and 39 Doctoral degrees.
Northwestern University offers 54 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2020, 1,217 Engineering students graduated with students earning 591 Master's degrees, 448 Bachelor's degrees, 143 Doctoral degrees, and 35 Certificates.
University of Illinois Chicago offers 37 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 1,156 Engineering students graduated with students earning 717 Bachelor's degrees, 343 Master's degrees, and 96 Doctoral degrees.
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offers 30 Engineering degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2020, 546 Engineering students graduated with students earning 428 Bachelor's degrees, 104 Master's degrees, and 14 Doctoral degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL||22 : 1||52,679|
|Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL||16 : 1||6,325|
|Northwestern University Evanston, IL||15 : 1||22,603|
|University of Illinois Chicago Chicago, IL||20 : 1||33,518|
|Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL||17 : 1||11,366|