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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 $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)

Undergraduate Programs

U.S. News rankings (2022)

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


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 158 CEE undergraduate students (2018-2019)* reported:

  • 60% employed
  • 38% continuing education
  • 1% seeking employment
  • 1% other
  • Average starting salary $65,035

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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