Why Choose CEE





Clean air, water and energy. Artificial Intelligence. Disaster prevention. Big data.
Autonomous vehicles. Towering skyscrapers and iconic bridges. 


Join our top-ranked program and prepare to change the world. 

Let's make this happen.

We know college is expensive, and we want to help.
The University of Illinois, Grainger College of Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering all have options to make affording college easier.

Four years. Free tuition. That's the Illinois Commitment.
The University of Illinois will cover tuition and fees for up to four years for all in-state students who meet eligibility requirements. Find out if you qualify at the University of Illinois Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Illinois Promise is a scholarship awarded to newly admitted students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have the greatest amount of financial need. The scholarship is designed to cover a student’s cost of attendance including tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies.  Find out more on the I-Promise website:


CEE at Illinois awards more than 100 scholarships, fellowships and other awards to CEE students each year, including some specifically for newly admitted students (admitted students are automatically considered for any scholarships for which they are eligible).  Moving forward, students apply for CEE scholarships on an annual basis.

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Undergraduates who are interested in working with faculty on research projects may be approved for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project. Students are eligible for two semesters of REU during their undergraduate studies and will earn an hourly rate for their work.  

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The University of Illinois Office of Student Financial Aid can help you find the resources necessary to attend the university. Information about scholarships, need-based grants, waivers and more can be found on their website, as well as the financial aid application form.

OSFA website

The Grainger College of Engineering also has support available for eligible engineering students, including merit-based scholarships for incoming freshmen. Learn more about scholarships and awards available from the college on the Grainger website.

Grainger website

There are many employment opportunities for students, including work study and on-campus hourly positions. Learn more about these options on the Office of Student Financial Aid website.  

OSFA website

CEE also offers paid research opportunities for students to work with in labs with faculty on their research projects. Read about CEE's Research Experience for Undergraduates program to learn more.

REU program

Take a tour and see what Illinois has to offer.

Explore CEE at Illinois

Take a photo tour of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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See Grainger Engineering

Grainger offers regular tours led by Engineering Tour Guides. 

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Take a Campus Tour

Illinois has a variety of tour options, including a Virtual Reality experience.

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What will you learn at CEE?

For more than 150 years, CEE at Illinois has been educating the best engineers in the world. Our curriculum falls into six broad categories, which are explained in short video clips by some members of the CEE faculty:


Rigorous core courses will provide complete knowledge of the fundamentals of civil and environmental engineering.  


Big Data & Computational Skills

Coding, computational and modeling skills for design/decision-making are taught from freshman through senior years.


Experiential Learning

A focus on hands-on learning will lead to a deep understanding of real-life application of engineering concepts.



An emphasis on communication will prepare students for professions that take them from project sites to boardrooms.


Critical Thinking

Our students learn how to arrive at a solution by thinking critically about a problem rather than simply memorizing a formula.



By fostering innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, the world of professional possibilities is wide open.


Data Science + CEE Disciplines

New undergraduate certificate option and non-thesis Master's track
combine data science, CEE core disciplines.  

Undergraduate    Graduate


CEE at Illinois graduates are highly sought-after by employers in industry, government and academia. We offer students academic training, professional development and recruitment opportunities so that they graduate fully prepared for the workplace, with the world at their feet.


Mean Starting
Salary for CEE


38% reported receiving a signing bonus*

First Destination
Secured for Graduating CEE Seniors


50% employed, 49% continuing ed*

Fundamentals of
Engineering Exam
Pass Rate


National pass rate is 68%.

* 2019-2020 Illinois Success Survey

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Make friends. Have fun. Learn something new.

Whether you want to build bridges, race a concrete canoe, network with industry professionals, design a net-zero solar home, share and discuss research or just have fun with fellow students, there's a group for you. Student organizations provide a chance to make new friends, have a good time, and learn something outside of the classroom or lab settings.

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“The CEE program felt like family. I feel so connected to the program thanks to all the wonderful faculty and staff as well as the students that have become friends for life.”

Alexa, CEE at Illinois Class of 2020

Research for students at every level.

CEE students have numerous opportunities to conduct research, both in the classroom and out of it. The Research Experience for Undergraduates program provides hands-on, paid experience working directly with faculty and researchers on projects.

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Outstanding Faculty

The faculty of CEE at Illinois includes world-class experts in all areas of study. They are leaders in their fields, yet remain highly accessible to and involved with their students. 

Learn about the faculty who teach in your area(s) of interest.

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Hear from CEE alumni.

Hear from people who have already gone through the program! Discussion panels featuring CEE at Illinois alumni talking about their experiences at Illinois and how CEE helped prepare them for professional life are available for viewing below.

Alumni Panel: April 1, 2021

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Alumni Panel: April 29, 2021

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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 2017 visit to the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL).

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More Questions? 

Becky StillwellBecky Stillwell
Senior Academic Adviser 
1102 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab
205 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL  61801
(217) 333-3812

Advising Appointments:
To register for an advising appointment with Becky, CEE undergraduates can visit: Advising Calendar

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