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Prospective & Admitted Student Visits

Want to get a feel for life on campus and at The Grainger College of Engineering? Explore a variety of virtual and in-person visit opportunities offered by the college throughout the year.

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Photo Tour of CEE at Illinois

Check out our slideshow of photos of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to learn more about our classrooms, collaboration areas, labs and community.

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Special Programs for Prospective Graduate Students

MERGE Program

The University of Illinois is committed to diversity. The Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) program invites promising students to visit campus for an all-expense-paid, in-depth view of the outstanding programs and facilities available for graduate study in engineering.

CEE Visit Day for Admitted and Prospective Graduate Students

At various times throughout the year, admitted and prospective civil and environmental engineering graduate students are invited to campus for a departmental visiting day. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the department, attend a poster presentation session given by current graduate students, tour the department and campus, and network with students and faculty. Learn more.

How to Find Us

CEE at Illinois has its headquarters on the north side of the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Building and Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory.  The twin cities of Champaign and Urbana are located in central Illinois, approximately 130 miles southwest of Chicago, 180 miles northeast of St. Louis, Mo., and 120 miles west of Indianapolis, Ind. 

Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory

205 N. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801

General Inquiries:
217-333-8038 | fax: 217-333-9464

Photo Tour of
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, Yeh Center. One of two main entrances to the building.

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Students studying in the Yeh Center.

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Students in CEE195 About Civil Engineering and CEE495 Field Methods in Water Resources help dye the Boneyard Creek orange to study methods of measuring pollutants in streams.

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A student prepares a hot-mix asphalt specimen with a gyratory compactor for further testing at the Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory (ATREL), where technologies for airport, highway and rail systems are developed. 

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The Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory offers more than 11,000 square feet of instructional and experimental space.

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CEE facilities are second to none, allowing students unparalleled educational and research experiences.

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Some of the concrete canoes from CEE's past hang on the wall in the crane bay of Newmark Lab.

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Two members of the 2020-2021 Concrete Canoe paddle team practice their rowing skills.

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Senator Duckworth, right, listens to UI graduate student Tom Roadcap explain how stresses around the bolt-holes at rail joints can lead to cracking during a visit to the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL).

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The new CEE Building - which is home to several classrooms, faculty and graduate student offices, and laboratories - opened in Fall 2021. 

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The interior of the Kavita and Lalit Bahl Smart Bridge has several tables and seating areas, making it a popular spot for students to spend time between classes. The pedestrian bridge connects the third floors of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Building and the Newmark Civil Engineering Lab (Yeh Center).

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When not in the field, the CEE 458 Field Methods in Water Resources class meets in the water quality laboratory in the CEE building.

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Students and faculty conduct research in the environmental engineering and science laboratories located on the fourth floor of the Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory.

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Contact Us

Email us to learn more about the Department of Civil Engineering at Illinois.