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2021 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering in Illinois

Mechanical Engineering is a popular major and Illinois is the 9th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,437 of the 47,222 Mechanical Engineering degrees awarded last year were given by schools in Illinois. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering in Illinois ranking analyzed 8 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Mechanical Engineering students in Illinois.

Choosing a Great Mechanical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering in Illinois Your choice of mechanical engineering school matters. Important measures of a quality ME 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

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A mechanical engineering degree from colleges on this list typically translates into above average earnings after graduation. Recent mechanical engineering graduates from Illinois colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $62,288 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 Mechanical Engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other mechanical engineering students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized mechanical engineering related accrediting body.

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

Best Schools to Study Mechanical Engineering in Illinois

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for mechanical engineering majors.

Best ME Colleges in Illinois

It is difficult to beat Illinois Institute of Technology if you wish to pursue mechanical engineering as a major. Located in the large city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Students who graduate from the ME program earn about $59,500 in their early career salary.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Any student who is interested in mechanical engineering has to look into Northwestern University. Located in the small city Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Northwestern University mechanical engineering graduates earn $3,812 more than the average ME student.

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University of Illinois at Chicago is one of the finest schools in the country for mechanical engineering. UIC is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Chicago.

After graduation, ME students generally earn about $62,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is a good decision for students pursuing a Mechanical Engineering major. Located in the small city Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Mechanical Engineering graduates from University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign earn a boost of around $4,912 above the average income of mechanical engineering graduates.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Peoria.

Graduates from the mechanical engineering program at Bradley University get $2,412 more than the average graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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NIU is a large public school located in the suburb of Dekalb.

Students who graduate from the ME program make around $59,900 in their early career salary.

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Located in the large suburb Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a large student population.

Students who graduate from the ME program earn an average of $57,700 in the first couple years of their career.

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Located in the small city Carbondale, SIUC is a public school with a large student population.

Graduates of the ME program earn about $61,100 in the first couple years of working.

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Best Mechanical Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 2,564
Ohio 303 2,231
Indiana 283 1,383
Wisconsin 267 854

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 1,219
Civil Engineering 921
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 Michel Villeneuve. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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