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2020 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering in Illinois

Mechanical Engineering is a popular major and Illinois is the 10th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,414 of the 46,014 Mechanical Engineering degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in Illinois. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. 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 colleges 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 take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination 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 schools on this list usually translates into higher than average earnings after graduation. Recent mechanical engineering graduates from Illinois schools 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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Mechanical Engineering students in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Mechanical Engineering in Illinois

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Best ME Colleges in Illinois

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

For those interested in something more advanced, Illinois Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the ME program earn an average of $59,500 in the first couple years of working.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Any student pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering needs to check out Northwestern University. Located in the city Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Northwestern U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Northwestern University mechanical engineering majors receive $3,812 more than the typical 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 very large public school located in the large city of Chicago.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after graduation, ME students usually earn around $62,100 in their early careers.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Every student who is interested in mechanical engineering needs to look into Bradley University. Bradley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Peoria.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Bradley also offers a Master's Degree in mechanical engineering. Graduates from the mechanical engineering program at Bradley University get $2,412 more than the average college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Located in the small city Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Mechanical Engineering majors from University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign receive an earnings boost of about $4,912 above the average income of mechanical engineering majors.

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

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, NIU also offers a Master's Degree in mechanical engineering. Graduates of 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 fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, SIUE offers a Master's Degree in mechanical engineering. Students who graduate from the ME program make an average of $57,700 in the first couple years of working.

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Located in the city Carbondale, SIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, SIUC offers a Master's Degree in mechanical engineering. Students who graduate from the ME program earn around $61,100 in their early career salary.

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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
Ohio 318 2,117
Michigan 316 2,549
Indiana 291 1,459
Wisconsin 290 814

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 31,993
Civil Engineering 21,299
Computer Engineering 15,329
Chemical Engineering 14,729
Biomedical Engineering 11,483

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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.

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