Civil Engineering

2023 Best Civil Engineering Schools in Illinois

7 Colleges in Illinois
816 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded
$62,410 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in civil engineering is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #50 out of 395 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.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 7 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Civil Engineering Schools in Illinois ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 816 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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IL
72 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

It is difficult 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 Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 72 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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

Every student who is interested in civil engineering has to check out University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #44 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were about 403 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Civil Engineering degree recipients from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign get an earnings boost of approximately $4,771 over the average earnings of civil engineering majors.

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

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

Every student pursuing a degree in civil engineering has to check out Illinois Institute of Technology. Located in the city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of #236 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Illinois Tech is a great school overall.

There were roughly 44 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Illinois Tech in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, civil eng degree recipients generally earn around $63,823 in the first five years of their career.

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

University of Illinois at Chicago is a good option for students interested in a degree in civil engineering. UIC is a fairly large public university located in the city of Chicago. This university ranks 10th out of 87 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 133 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UIC in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, civil eng degree recipients typically make about $61,627 in their early careers.

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#5

Bradley University

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

Located in the medium-sized city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 11th out of 87 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 43 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Bradley in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the civil eng program make an average of $59,353 in their early career salary.

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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 27th out of 87 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 year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the civil eng program make an average of $59,465 in their early career salary.

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

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

Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 34th out of 87 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 73 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at SIUE in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the civil eng program earn an average of $57,616 for their early career.

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

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 322 438
Ohio 314 746
Indiana 294 487
Wisconsin 273 410

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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 799
Structural Engineering 8
Trasportation Engineering 5
Civil Engineering 4

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,183
Electrical Engineering 1,029
Computer Engineering 742
Chemical Engineering 442
General Engineering 427
Industrial Engineering 408
Biomedical Engineering 369
Materials Engineering 203
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 185
Other Engineering 140

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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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