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Undergraduate Program


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Undergraduate Program


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Graduate Program


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Graduate Program


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About Us

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.

  • Department founded in 1867
  • More than 115 courses offered on campus
  • More than 50 courses offered online
  • More than $19 million in research expenditures (FY2022)
  • Tenure-track faculty members: 60
  • Living alumni: 13,000+
  • Average class size: 43 students (lectures), 13 students (lab sections)

Undergraduate Programs

Current U.S. News rankings

Other numbers (2022-2023):

  • Total CEE undergraduate enrollment: 676
  • Domestic enrollment, Illinois residents: 505
  • Domestic enrollment, non-Illinois: 103
  • International student enrollment: 67
  • Undeclared enrollment: 1
  • Women students: 232 
  • Women in first-year class AY2023-2024: 40%
  • Under-represented minorities: 124
  • Internal department scholarships awarded: 120

Graduate Programs

Current U.S. News rankings

Other numbers (2022-2023):

  • Total graduate enrollment: 562
  • Ph.D. enrollment: 253
    Ph.D. women students: 33%
    Ph.D. international students: 86%
  • M.S. enrollment: 309
    M.S. women students: 30%
    M.S. international students: 55%
  • CEE Online M.S. program, enrollment: 80


Fundamentals of Engineering Exam pass rate (national pass rate is 68%)


Principles & Practice of Engineering (PE) exam pass rate (national pass rate is 63.5%)

Status After Graduation

An exit survey of 179 CEE undergraduate students (2022-2023)* reported:

  • 99% secured first destination (employment or graduate school)
    • 62% employed
    • 37% continuing education
  • Average starting salary $74,098

Additionally, CEE students taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam – the first step to becoming a licensed professional engineer – have a 94.5% pass rate, compared to the national pass rate of 68%. CEE at Illinois pass rate for the Principles & Practice of Engineering (PE) exam – required to become a Professional Engineer in the United States – is 84.5%, compared to the national pass rate of 63.5%.

*Illini Success Survey

Grainger Engineering at Illinois

College-wide, Grainger 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).




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