Best Engineering Schools in Illinois

This article features top engineering colleges in Illinois that offer master and doctoral degrees in the fields of biological engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, etc. Please be informed that each school receives national wide rank as the ranking compares all engineering schools in the United States. Some important ranking factors include average GRE scores, alumni surveys, current student interviews, institutional research publications, and peer college assessment. In the following list of best engineering schools in the state of Illinois, you can see tuition cost for both in-state and out-of-state students, acceptable rates and admissions statistics for each top ranked engineering college.

Best Engineering Schools in Illinois

National Ranking Illinois Top Engineering Programs
6 University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)
Overall acceptance rate: 25.9%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 774
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $15,732 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $28,998 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 2,773
Research expenditures per faculty member: $571,122
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $220,453,475
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 4.3%
20 Northwestern University (McCormick) (Evanston, IL)
Overall acceptance rate: 22.0%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 772
Tuition: Full-time: $41,592 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 1,531
Research expenditures per faculty member: $622,433
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $107,681,040
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 3.9%
66 University of Illinois–Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Overall acceptance rate: 31.3%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 740
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $12,464 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $24,462 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 985
Research expenditures per faculty member: $280,045
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $29,124,709
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 1.0%
72 Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour) (Chicago, IL)
Overall acceptance rate: 59.8%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 739
Tuition: Full-time: $1,056 per credit
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 1,523
Research expenditures per faculty member: $265,131
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $26,778,304
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 2.2%
169 Southern Illinois University–Carbondale (Carbondale, IL)
Overall acceptance rate: 55.4%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 718
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $350 per credit, Out-of-state, full-time: $876 per credit
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 494
Research expenditures per faculty member: $39,878
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $2,711,752
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 0.0%

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