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2020 Best Colleges for Computer Engineering in Illinois

Computer Engineering is a popular major and Illinois is the 9th most popular state for students studying this major. 572 of the 15,329 Computer Engineering degrees earned last year were given by schools in Illinois. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Computer Engineering in Illinois ranking analyzed 7 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 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 quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different 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 schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent computer engineering graduates from Illinois colleges 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 schools for Computer Engineering students in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Computer Engineering in Illinois

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Computer Engineering degree.

Best CE Colleges in Illinois

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

For those interested in something more advanced, Illinois Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in computer engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the CE program report average early career earnings of $61,700.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

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

For those interested in something more advanced, Northwestern U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in computer engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Computer Engineering students from Northwestern University get a earnings boost of about $10,225 above the typical income of computer engineering majors.

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

After graduating, CE students generally earn about $61,200 in their early careers.

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Every student who is interested in computer engineering has to look into 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 majors earn $7,625 more than the standard CE grad.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Peoria.More…

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Located in the suburb Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a large student population.More…

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Located in the city Carbondale, SIUC is a public college with a large student population.More…

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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
Ohio 318 859
Michigan 316 517
Indiana 291 354
Wisconsin 290 234

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 46,014
Electrical Engineering 31,993
Civil Engineering 21,299
Chemical Engineering 14,729
Biomedical Engineering 11,483

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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).
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