The College of Engineering is regularly listed among the top engineering programs in the United States and worldwide. While rankings are only one measure of the excellence of our programs, the College's consistent recognition as a leading institution both overall and in a number of specific disciplines provides added credentials for our reputation as a leader in engineering education.

U.S. News & World Report


The undergraduate engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked 6th in the 2018 America's Best Colleges edition of U.S. News and World Report (published in September 2017). Ranked undergraduate engineering science specialties in the College of Engineering* include the following:

U.S. News and World Report Rankings

6Aerospace Engineering
4Agricultural and Biological Engineering
11Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
3Civil Engineering
5Computer Engineering
6 Electrical Engineering
2 Engineering Physics*
5 Environmental Engineering
13Industrial Engineering
3Materials Science and Engineering
6Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Mechanics

U.S. News and World Report does not include the following majors in their rankings:

  • Computer Science
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Systems Engineering and Design

* Engineering Physics was last ranked in September 2015.


The graduate engineering program at Illinois ranked 9th in the Best Graduate Schools issue of U.S. News and World Report (published in March 2017). Ranked graduate engineering science specialties in the College of Engineering include the following:

U.S. News and World Report Rankings, published in March 2017

9 Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical
4 Biological / Agricultural
22 Biomedical / Bioengineering
12 Chemical
2 Civil
2 Computer Engineering
5 Computer Science*
7 Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence*
9 Computer Science - Programming Language*
7 Computer Science - Systems*
11 Computer Science - Theory*
4 Electrical/Electronic / Communications
2 Environmental / Environmental Health
12 Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering
5 Materials
4 Mechanical
9 Nuclear
9 Physics*
1 Physics - Condensed Matter*
11 Physics - Nuclear*
9 Online Graduate Engineering

*ranked in 2014

Other Selected Rankings

Illinois is #7 on Forbes' Top 10 Best Value Schools for 2016, based on tuition costs, school quality, graduation success and post-grad earnings.

Champaign-Urbana is #2 on American Institute of Economic Research's Best College Towns based on demographics, quality of life, and economics.

Illinois ranks #10 on Time’s list of the 25 Best Public Colleges for Big Paychecks. (2017)

Illinois is 7th on list of most undergraduate and graduate alumni hired by the 25 biggest Silicon Valley employers in the last year. (2017)

Illinois is #10 on Entrepreneur's list of university rankings based on the amount of VC funding its entrepreneurial alumni receive, the number of companies founded, and other metrics (Sept. 2016).

Computer Science Degree Hub ranked Urbana-Champaign #4 in its 50 Great Cities for Studying Computers and Technology listing. (2014)

The University of Illinois is ranked #15 for Engineering & Technology in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. (2016)

Illinois is in the Top 20 globally for patents issued in 2014 according to the National Association of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was listed as #8 on Edudemic's 10 Innovative Universities Shaking Up Education." (2013)

A Wall Street Journal study of the largest public and private companies, nonprofits and government agencies ranked the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign #3 for graduates top-rated by recruiters. (2013)

Champaign-Urbana was ranked 9th, per capita, for first fundings of venture capital by Brookings. (2015)

Engineering at Illinois is #1 on "The Most-Cited Institutions in Engineering, 1999-2009," a list of the top 20 institutions worldwide with the highest total citations to research papers published in Thomson Reuters-indexed engineering journals from January 1, 1999 to October 31, 2009.