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2021 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering in Illinois

Chemical Engineering is a popular major and Illinois is the 10th most popular state for students studying this major. 445 of the 14,363 Chemical Engineering diplomas earned last year were given by schools in Illinois. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering in Illinois ranking analyzed 4 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Chemical Engineering students in Illinois.

Choosing a Great Chemical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering in Illinois Your choice of chemical 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Graduates Earn More After College

A chemical engineering degree from schools on this list typically translates into above average income after graduation. A chemical engineering bachelors degree from a college in Illinois helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $66,050 a couple years later.

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 Chemical Engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other chemical engineering students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized chemical engineering related accrediting body.

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

Best Schools to Study Chemical Engineering in Illinois

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for a Chemical Engineering degree.

Best Chem Eng Colleges in Illinois


Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a Chemical Engineering degree. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

Chemical Engineering majors from Northwestern University get a earnings boost of about $9,650 above the typical income of chemical engineering majors.


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Any student pursuing a degree in chemical engineering needs to check out Illinois Institute of Technology. Illinois Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

Students who graduate from the chem eng program earn an average of $59,900 in their early career salary.


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Any student pursuing a degree in chemical engineering needs to take a look at University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

Chemical Engineering students from University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign receive an earnings boost of about $3,250 over the average income of chemical engineering majors.


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University of Illinois at Chicago is a great choice for individuals pursuing a Chemical Engineering major. Located in the city Chicago, UIC is a public school with a very large student population.

Soon after graduation, chem eng students usually earn around $59,300 in their early careers.


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Best Chemical Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 562
Ohio 303 968
Indiana 283 417
Wisconsin 267 163

Chemical 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
Computer Engineering 608
Industrial Engineering 486

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mikulova. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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