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2021 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. 921 of the 21,795 Civil Engineering diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in Illinois. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Illinois ranking analyzed 6 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 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 usually translates into higher than average income after graduation. Recent civil engineering graduates from Illinois schools 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 complete 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

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

Best Civil Eng Colleges in Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology is one of the finest schools in the United States for civil engineering. Illinois Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

Grads of the civil eng program report average early career wages of $60,600.

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Every student pursuing a degree in civil engineering needs to look into University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign.

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign civil engineering students earn $3,733 more than the average civil eng graduate.

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It is difficult to beat University of Illinois at Chicago if you wish to pursue civil engineering as a major. Located in the city Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Graduates of the civil eng program make around $59,600 in their early career salary.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

It is hard to beat Bradley University if you want to pursue civil engineering as a major. Located in the midsize city Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Students who graduate from the civil eng program earn about $60,400 in the first couple years of working.

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

Students who complete this degree state that they receive 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.

Students who graduate from the civil eng program earn an average of $54,800 in their early career salary.

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

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,437
Electrical Engineering 1,219
Computer Engineering 608
Industrial Engineering 486
Chemical Engineering 445

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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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