Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Illinois

9 Colleges
4,169 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,017 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in IllinoisOut of the majors we analyze each year, engineering was ranked 5th in Illinois. In fact, 4,169 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.2% of all the engineering bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Illinois ranking analyzed 9 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in engineering. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those engineering schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Engineering Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in Illinois

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for engineering majors.

Best Value Engineering Schools in Illinois

#1

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Bradley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Peoria. Bradley also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Illinois list, coming in at #4.

It takes the average student at Bradley about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,832. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bradley be around $131,344. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UIUC, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Illinois ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UIUC to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,679. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UIUC be around $137,252. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Illinois Institute of Technology landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Illinois Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. In addition to being on our best value list, Illinois Tech has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Illinois ranking.

The average student at Illinois Tech graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,813. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Tech is about $166,763. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a large student population. SIUE not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Illinois list.

At SIUE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $17,498 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $79,091 to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUE. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Northern Illinois University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population. NIU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Illinois list.

The average student at NIU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,171. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU is $92,181. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Illinois at Chicago landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public school with a fairly large student population. UIC not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Illinois list.

The average student at UIC graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,589. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UIC is $137,956. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#7

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

Olivet Nazarene University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Olivet Nazarene is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Bourbonnais. Olivet Nazarene also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Illinois rankings.

The average student at Olivet Nazarene graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,401. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene is $109,300. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Northwestern U also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Illinois list, coming in at #3.

At Northwestern U, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $37,219. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern U is $153,714. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Carbondale, SIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at SIUC, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Illinois ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SIUC is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,953. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SIUC is about $129,130. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 5,117
Ohio 6,157
Indiana 3,747
Wisconsin 2,645

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 968
Electrical Engineering 606
Computer Engineering 521
Civil Engineering 442
Chemical Engineering 303

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 3,900
Computer & Information Sciences 3,379
Mathematics & Statistics 1,448
Physical Sciences 1,097
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 915

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 schools only.

  • 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes.

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