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2021 Best Colleges for Computer Engineering in Illinois

Computer Engineering is a popular major and Illinois is the 8th most popular state for students studying this major. 608 of the 15,694 Computer Engineering diplomas earned last year were given by schools in Illinois. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Computer Engineering in Illinois ranking analyzed 4 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Computer Engineering students in Illinois.

Choosing a Great Computer Engineering School

Best Colleges for Computer Engineering in Illinois Your choice of computer engineering school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Computer Engineering graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent computer engineering graduates from Illinois schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $63,860 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Computer Engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other computer engineering students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized computer engineering related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Computer Engineering students in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Computer Engineering in Illinois

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Best CE Colleges in Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology is one of the best schools in the country for computer engineering. Located in the large city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Graduates of the CE program report average early career income of $61,700.


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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Any student pursuing a degree in computer engineering has to look into Northwestern University. Located in the city Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Computer Engineering majors from Northwestern University receive an earnings boost of approximately $10,225 over the average earnings of computer engineering graduates.


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Any student pursuing a degree in computer engineering has to check out University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. Located in the city Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign computer engineering students earn $7,625 more than the average CE grad.


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University of Illinois at Chicago is one of the finest schools in the country for computer engineering. UIC is a very large public school located in the large city of Chicago.

After graduating, CE students generally earn about $61,200 in the first five years of their career.


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Best Computer Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Computer Engineering Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 570
Ohio 303 905
Indiana 283 433
Wisconsin 267 292

Computer Engineering is one of 38 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,437
Electrical Engineering 1,219
Civil Engineering 921
Industrial Engineering 486
Chemical Engineering 445

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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