Best Mechanical Engineering Colleges in Illinois

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We have created a 2018 ranking of the best colleges in Illinois that offer Mechanical 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 8 Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineering Colleges in Illinois for 2018

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL

Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

A Wall Street Journal survey of employers puts University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign engineering graduates among the top five most prepared for the workforce. Look at the school’s program and it’s easy to see why. Freshmen get their feet wet immediately with the 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 foot bridges for underprivileged Chinese villages. While all aspiring problem solvers are welcome to apply, the mechanical science and engineering department is making a large effort to attract more women. The last six years has seen a remarkable 68 percent increase in enrollment of female undergraduates. The nine new women professors who have joined the department in the last five years undoubtedly influenced some of those aspiring engineers. Regardless of gender, employment prospects look good. Engineering students on average receive two or more job offers, and the starting salary for those with a B.S. in engineering from U of I is about 8 percent higher than the national average.

Based on 104 Reviews
2 Northwestern University Evanston, IL

Northwestern University offers 6 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large private university in a small city. In 2015, 113 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 62 Bachelor's degrees, 31 Master's degrees, and 20 Doctoral degrees.

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

Illinois Institute of Technology offers 3 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 155 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 90 Master's degrees, 60 Bachelor's degrees, and 5 Doctoral degrees.

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

University of Illinois at Chicago offers 3 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 189 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 127 Bachelor's degrees, 50 Master's degrees, and 12 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
5 Bradley University Peoria, IL

Bradley University offers 4 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 119 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 79 Bachelor's degrees, and 40 Master's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
6 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL

Northern Illinois University offers 2 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 116 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 77 Bachelor's degrees, and 39 Master's degrees.

Based on 56 Reviews
7 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville offers 2 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 65 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 51 Bachelor's degrees, and 14 Master's degrees.

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

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offers 4 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 84 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 68 Bachelor's degrees, and 16 Master's degrees.

Based on 68 Reviews

List of all Mechanical Engineering Colleges in Illinois

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
4/5
20 : 1 45,842
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 Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
3/5
14 : 1 29,048
Bradley University Bradley University Peoria, IL
5/5
14 : 1 5,338
Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
3/5
22 : 1 20,130
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
3/5
21 : 1 14,265
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL
3/5
16 : 1 17,292

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Additional Mechanical Engineering Degree Facts for Illinois Schools

Illinois Schools offering online Mechanical Engineering degrees

Online Mechanical Engineering degrees are available at a variety of different schools with as many as 90 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online Mechanical Engineering degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Illinois Institute of Technology 0 0 0 90 0
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 0 0 0 64 0
How many Illinois schools offer online Mechanical Engineering degrees?
  • 2 Master's

What Mechanical Engineering degree programs were earned in Illinois?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 8 Colleges 729 Graduates
Doctoral 1-2 year Length 4 Colleges 73 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 8 Colleges 344 Graduates
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