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2020 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering in Illinois

Chemical Engineering is a popular major and Illinois is the 9th most popular state for students studying this major. 506 of the 14,729 Chemical Engineering degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Illinois. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. 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 0 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 higher than average earnings following graduation. A chemical engineering bachelors degree from a college in Illinois helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Chemical Engineering students in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Chemical Engineering in Illinois

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for chemical engineering majors.

Best Chem Eng Colleges in Illinois

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University is a great option for students interested in a Chemical Engineering major. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

For those interested in something more advanced, Northwestern U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in chemical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Chemical Engineering majors from Northwestern University receive an earnings boost of about $9,650 above the average income of chemical engineering graduates.

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

For those interested in something more advanced, Illinois Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in chemical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the chem eng program make about $59,900 for their early career.

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Every student who is interested in chemical engineering has to check out University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in chemical engineering, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). 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 graduates.

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

For those interested in something more advanced, UIC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in chemical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After getting their bachelor's degree, chem eng students usually make around $59,300 in the first five years of their career.

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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
Ohio 318 928
Michigan 316 585
Indiana 291 444
Wisconsin 290 179

Chemical 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
Computer Engineering 15,329
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mikulova.

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