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2021 Best Colleges for Industrial Engineering in Illinois

Industrial Engineering is a popular major and Illinois is the 4th most popular state for students studying this major. 486 of the 9,021 Industrial Engineering degrees earned 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 Industrial Engineering in Illinois ranking analyzed 5 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Industrial Engineering students in Illinois.

Choosing a Great Industrial Engineering School

Best Colleges for Industrial Engineering in Illinois Your choice of industrial engineering school matters. Important measures of a quality IE 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

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 industrial engineering degree from colleges on this list typically results in higher than average salaries after graduation. A industrial engineering bachelors degree from a college in Illinois helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $65,840 a couple years later.

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

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Industrial Engineering students in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Industrial Engineering in Illinois

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

Best IE Colleges in Illinois


Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Any student pursuing a degree in industrial engineering needs to check out Northwestern University. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

Graduates from the industrial engineering degree program at Northwestern University earn $10,560 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.


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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is a good option for students pursuing a Industrial Engineering degree. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

Industrial Engineering majors from University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign get a earnings boost of around $6,760 above the average income of industrial engineering graduates.


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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University is a great choice for students interested in a Industrial Engineering degree. Located in the city Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

After graduating, IE students typically earn around $65,100 in the first five years of their career.


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University of Illinois at Chicago is among your best bets if you want to study industrial engineering. Located in the city Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Students who complete this degree report average early career income of $56,500.


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Located in the suburb Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Students who graduate from the IE program make an average of $58,600 in their early career salary.


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Best Industrial Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 634
Ohio 303 305
Indiana 283 356
Wisconsin 267 277

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

Majors Similar to IE

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,437
Electrical Engineering 1,219
Civil Engineering 921
Computer Engineering 608
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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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