Rankings and Statistics

CEE at Illinois consistently ranks among the most elite programs in the U.S. and worldwide for both undergraduate and graduate studies. We attract the brightest students and world-class faculty, and graduates are in high demand for industry.

About Us

  • Department founded in 1867
  • More than 115 courses offered
  • More than $21 million in research expenditures (2015)
  • Tenure-track faculty members: 53
  • Living alumni: 15,000+
  • Average class size (lectures): 43 students
  • Average class size (lab sections): 13 students

Undergraduate Programs

U.S. News rankings (2017)

Other numbers (Fall 2016):

  • Total CEE undergraduate enrollment: 758
    Domestic enrollment, Illinois residents: 503 (66%)
    Domestic enrollment, non-Illinois: 109 (15%)
    International student enrollment: 146 (19%)
    Percentage of women students: 27%
    Percentage under-represented minorities: 12%
  • Undergraduate average ACT score: 30.88
  • Internal department scholarships awarded: 103
  • Bachelor's degrees awarded (2015-2016): 203

Graduate Programs

U.S. News rankings (2017)

Other numbers (Fall 2016):

  • Total graduate enrollment: 735
    Percentage of women students: 34% (MS), 24% (PhD)
    Percentage of international students: 67% (MS), 68% (PhD)
  • Master's degrees awarded (2015-2016): 282
  • Doctoral degrees awarded (2015-2016): 34
  • CEE Online MS program, enrollment: 86

Status After Graduation

An exit survey of 158 CEE undergraduate students (2015-2016) reported:

  • 57% employed
  • 34% continuing education
  • 6% seeking employment
  • 2% seeking education
  • 1% other
  • Average starting salary $59,102

Engineering at Illinois

College-wide, Engineering at Illinois students:

  • Receive 2+ job offers per student, on average.
  • Are Top 5 among engineering students most prepared for the workforce, accordingly to a Wall Street Journal survey of employers.
  • 47% employed graduates remain in Illinois, 12% work in the Midwest (excluding Illinois), 5% in the Northeast, 10% in the South, 23% in the West, 3% are International (including Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam).