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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 earned last year were given by schools in Illinois. With so many choices it can be difficult 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 15% of 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 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 above average earnings following 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 full 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

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for a Mechanical Engineering degree.

Best ME Colleges in Illinois

It's hard 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.

Graduates of the ME program earn an average of $59,500 for their early career.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Every student who is interested in mechanical engineering has to check out 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 majors earn $3,812 more than the standard ME student.

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University of Illinois at Chicago is among your top options if you want to study mechanical engineering. UIC is a very large public school located in the city of Chicago.

After graduation, ME students usually earn an average of $62,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is a great decision for individuals pursuing a Mechanical Engineering major. Located in the city Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population.

Mechanical Engineering majors from University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign earn a boost of about $4,912 over the typical earnings of mechanical engineering majors.

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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 major at Bradley University get $2,412 more than the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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

Graduates of the ME program make about $59,900 for their early career.

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

Graduates of the ME program earn an average of $57,700 in their early career salary.

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

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 Schools 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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