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2021 Best Value Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois

6 Colleges
442 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,561 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Civil Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Civil Engineering in IllinoisWith 442 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, civil engineering is the #41 most popular major in Illinois. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.0% of all the civil eng bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois ranking looked at 6 colleges that offer a bachelor's in civil eng. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on civil eng schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value Civil Engineering Schools in Illinois

The following schools top our list of the Best Civil Engineering Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Civil Eng Schools in Illinois

#1

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value civil engineering schools. Located in the midsize city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Bradley also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois rankings.

At Bradley, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,832. This means that the average student pays around $131,344 to get a bachelor’s degree from Bradley. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Civil Eng majors at Bradley take out an average of $22,197 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Illinois Institute of Technology comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Illinois Tech did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Illinois Tech is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,813. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Tech is about $166,763. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at Illinois Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,057. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $275, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. SIUE is a large public school located in the suburb of Edwardsville. SIUE did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SIUE is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,498. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUE is $79,091. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Civil Eng majors at SIUE take out an average of $22,938 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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University of Illinois at Chicago comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. UIC is a very large public school located in the large city of Chicago. UIC also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois rankings.

It takes the average student at UIC about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,589. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UIC is about $137,956. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, civil eng graduates from UIC carry an average student debtload of $23,060. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value civil engineering schools. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UIUC, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UIUC to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,679. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UIUC be around $137,252. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at UIUC take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,331. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. SIUC is a large public school located in the city of Carbondale. SIUC also made our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois list, coming in at #6.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at SIUC to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,953. This means that the average student pays around $129,130 to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUC. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Civil Eng majors at SIUC take out an average of $24,139 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $242, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Civil Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 281
Ohio 532
Indiana 336
Wisconsin 303

One of 38 majors within the Engineering area of study, Civil Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 968
Electrical Engineering 606
Computer Engineering 521
Chemical Engineering 303
Industrial Engineering 282

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 6 schools only.

  • 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 Master Sgt. Roger Parsons.

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