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2020 Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois

Civil Engineering is a popular major and Illinois is the 6th most popular state for students studying this major. 897 of the 21,299 Civil Engineering diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in Illinois. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois ranking analyzed 7 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Civil Engineering students in Illinois.

Choosing a Great Civil Engineering School

Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois The civil eng program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

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.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A civil engineering degree from schools on this list typically results in higher than average earnings following graduation. Recent civil engineering graduates from Illinois colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $59,167 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 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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Civil Engineering students in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Civil Engineering in Illinois

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

Best Civil Eng Colleges in Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology is among your best bets if you want to study civil engineering. Illinois Tech is a moderately-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 civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $60,600.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University is a good choice for individuals pursuing a Civil Engineering major. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

For those interested in something more advanced, Northwestern U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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It is hard to beat University of Illinois at Chicago if you want to pursue civil engineering as a major. Located in the city Chicago, UIC is a public school with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the civil eng program make an average of $59,600 in the first couple years of their career.

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Any student who is interested in civil 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 civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign civil engineering graduates receive $3,733 more than the average civil eng grad.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Located in the medium-sized city Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Bradley offers a Master's Degree in civil engineering. Graduates of the civil eng program make around $60,400 for their early career.

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SIUE is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Edwardsville.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, SIUE also offers a Master's Degree in civil engineering. Students who complete this degree report average early career income of $56,700.

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SIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Carbondale.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, SIUC offers a Master's Degree in civil engineering. Students who graduate from the civil eng program make about $54,800 for their early career.

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Best Civil Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 318 785
Michigan 316 509
Indiana 291 413
Wisconsin 290 387

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 46,014
Electrical Engineering 31,993
Computer Engineering 15,329
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Master Sgt. Roger Parsons.

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