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2021 Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in the Great Lakes Region

Approximately 21,795 civil engineering degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 29 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Civil Engineering students in the Great Lakes Region.

Choosing a Great Civil Engineering School

Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in the Great Lakes Region Your choice of civil engineering school matters. Important measures of a quality civil eng program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a college'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.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 11% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 12%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 195 to 24 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Civil Engineering graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average civil engineering bachelors degree from Great Lakes colleges results in an average starting salary of $59,217, graduates of colleges on this list average $63,850.

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

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Civil Engineering students in the Great Lakes Region.

Best Schools to Study Civil Engineering in the Great Lakes Region

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study civil engineering.

Top 10 Best Civil Eng Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Illinois Institute of Technology is a wonderful decision for individuals pursuing a Civil Engineering major. Located in the large city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 19th out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

A favorite major for civil engineering undergrads, there are about 89 students studying this degree at Illinois Tech. Graduates of the civil eng program report average early career earnings of $60,600.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is among your best bets if you want to study civil engineering. Located in the small city Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 66 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a great college overall.

Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is one of the most popular school to study civil eng in Great Lakes with over 31 graduates last year. Students from the civil engineering program at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology make $4,904 above the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame is among your top options if you want to study civil engineering. Located in the large suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great school overall.

There are about 56 civil engineering undergraduates studying this degree at Notre Dame. Civil Engineering majors from University of Notre Dame receive an earnings boost of approximately $9,304 above the typical income of civil engineering majors.

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It's hard to beat Michigan Technological University if you want to pursue civil engineering as a major. Located in the town Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public college with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 30th out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are about 102 civil engineering undergrads enrolled in this degree at Michigan Tech. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, civil eng students usually make about $60,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Wisconsin is a great school overall.

There are about 155 civil engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Wisconsin. Civil Engineering graduates from University of Wisconsin - Madison receive an earnings boost of about $4,504 above the typical income of civil engineering majors.

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U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great college overall.

A preferred choice for civil engineering undergraduates, there are approximately 90 students enrolled in this degree at U of Michigan. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, civil eng students generally make around $60,900 in the first five years of their career.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the city of East Lansing. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Michigan State is a great college overall.

There are approximately 99 civil engineering undergrads studying this degree at Michigan State. Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career wages of $61,200.

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Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus. This school ranks 25th out of 266 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are about 193 civil engineering undergrads studying this degree at Ohio State. After graduation, civil eng students generally make an average of $58,800 in their early careers.

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Located in the city Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 92 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UIUC is a great school overall.

There are roughly 442 civil engineering undergrads enrolled in this degree at UIUC. Civil Engineering graduates from University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign get a earnings boost of around $3,004 above the typical earnings of civil engineering graduates.

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UIC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Chicago. This school ranks 56th out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are approximately 140 civil engineering undergraduates studying this program at UIC. Students who graduate from the civil eng program make an average of $59,600 for their early career.

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Best Civil Engineering Colleges by State

Explore the best civil engineering colleges for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 444
Ohio 303 728
Illinois 299 921
Indiana 283 453
Wisconsin 267 395

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 8,476
Electrical Engineering 5,176
Computer Engineering 2,809
Chemical Engineering 2,591
Industrial Engineering 2,092

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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 Master Sgt. Roger Parsons. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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