Civil Engineering

2022 Best Civil Engineering Schools in Illinois

7 Colleges in Illinois
784 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded
$60,729 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in civil engineering is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #45 out of 368 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 7 schools in Illinois to determine which ones were the best for civil engineering students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 784 degrees in civil engineering to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Civil Engineering School

Best Civil Engineering Schools in Illinois Your choice of civil engineering school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for civil engineering schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Civil Engineering Rankings by Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Civil Engineering Schools in Illinois ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for Civil Engineering in Illinois

The schools below may not offer all types of civil eng degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer.

Top Illinois Schools in Civil Eng

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In IL
65 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Northwestern University if you wish to pursue a degree in civil engineering. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were approximately 65 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
367 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in civil engineering has to check out University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #68 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 367 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Those civil engineering students who get their degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earn $5,771 more than the standard civil eng student.

More information about a degree in civil engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#3

Bradley University

Peoria, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
40 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Bradley University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in civil engineering. Located in the midsize city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 11th out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 40 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Bradley in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the civil eng program report average early career income of $60,400.

More information about a degree in civil engineering from Bradley University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
80 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in civil engineering needs to check out Illinois Institute of Technology. Located in the large city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 14th out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 80 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Illinois Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the civil eng program report average early career income of $60,600.

More information about a degree in civil engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
139 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

UIC is a very large public university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #355 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UIC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 139 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UIC in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, civil eng degree recipients generally earn an average of $59,600 in their early careers.

More information about a degree in civil engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
46 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 31st out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 46 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at SIUE in the most recent data year. After graduating, civil eng degree recipients typically make an average of $56,700 in their early careers.

More information about a degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
47 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Carbondale, SIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 32nd out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 47 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at SIUC in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the civil eng program earn about $54,800 in the first couple years of working.

More information about a degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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 Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 444
Ohio 303 728
Indiana 283 453
Wisconsin 267 395

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Civil Engineering is one of 40 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Civil Eng Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Civil Engineering 748
Structural Engineering 20
Trasportation Engineering 9
Civil Engineering 5
Geoenvironmental Engineering 2

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,232
Electrical Engineering 1,079
Computer Engineering 615
Chemical Engineering 446
General Engineering 444
Industrial Engineering 389
Biomedical Engineering 368
Materials Engineering 213
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 165
Other Engineering 139

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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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