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Rankings & Statistics

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 $18 million in research expenditures (FY2018)
  • Tenure-track faculty members: 54
  • Living alumni: 15,000+
  • Average class size: 43 students (lectures), 13 students (lab sections)


Mean Starting Salary of CEE Graduates


Companies Participating
in Each CEE Job Fair


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

Undergraduate Programs

U.S. News rankings (2021)

Other numbers (2020-2021):

  • Total CEE undergraduate enrollment: 601
    Domestic enrollment, Illinois residents: 463
    Domestic enrollment, non-Illinois: 78
    International student enrollment: 60
    Women students: 188
    Under-represented minorities: 87
  • Undergraduate average ACT score: 30.9
  • Internal department scholarships awarded: 103

Graduate Programs

U.S. News rankings (2022)

Other numbers (2020-2021):

  • Total graduate enrollment: 548
  • Ph.D. enrollment: 232
    Ph.D. women students: 25%
    Ph.D. international students: 78%
  • M.S. enrollment: 316
    M.S. women students: 31%
    M.S. international students: 52%
  • CEE Online M.S. program, enrollment: 152



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Status After Graduation

An exit survey of 158 CEE undergraduate students (2018-2019)* reported:

  • 60% employed
  • 38% continuing education
  • 1% seeking employment
  • 1% other
  • Average starting salary $63,345

Additionally, CEE graduates 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%.

*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).