The College of Engineering is regularly listed among the top engineering programs in the United States and worldwide. While rankings are only one measure of the excellence of our programs, the College's consistent recognition as a leading institution both overall and in a number of specific disciplines confirms our reputation as a leader in engineering education.

U.S. News & World Report


The undergraduate engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked 5th in the 2016 America's Best Colleges edition of U.S. News and World Report (published in September 2015). Ranked undergraduate engineering science specialties in the College of Engineering* include the following:

U.S. News and World Report Rankings, published in September 2015

5Computer Engineering
5 Electrical / Electronic / Communications
2Engineering Physics
4 Environmental / Environmental Health

* U.S. News and World Report does not include General Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or Computer Science among its undergraduate engineering program rankings.


The graduate engineering program at Illinois ranked 7th in the Best Graduate Schools issue of U.S. News and World Report (published in March 2016). Ranked graduate engineering science specialties in the College of Engineering include the following:

U.S. News and World Report Rankings, published in March 2015

8 Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical
3 Biological / Agricultural
22 Biomedical/Bioengineering
13 Chemical
2 Civil
5 Computer Engineering
5 Computer Science*
7 Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence*
9 Computer Science - Programming Language*
7 Computer Science - Systems*
11 Computer Science - Theory*
4 Electrical/Electronic / Communications
3 Environmental
15 Industrial / Manufacturing
4 Materials
6 Mechanical
9 Nuclear
9 Physics*
1 Physics - Condensed Matter*
11 Physics - Nuclear*

*ranked in 2014

Other Selected Rankings

Illinois is #7 on Forbes' Top 10 Best Value Schools for 2016, based on tuition costs, school quality, graduation success and post-grad earnings.

In 2015, Engineering at Illinois was ranked #4 worldwide in the "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences."

Illinois is in the Top 20 globally for patents issued in 2014 according to the National Association of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was listed as #8 on Edudemic's 10 Innovative Universities Shaking Up Education." (2013)

A Wall Street Journal study of the largest public and private companies, nonprofits and government agencies ranked the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign #3 for graduates top-rated by recruiters. (2013)

Computer Science Degree Hub ranked Urbana-Champaign #4 in its 50 Great Cities for Studying Computers and Technology listing. (2014)

Champaign-Urbana was ranked 9th, per capita, for first fundings of venture capital by Brookings. (2015)

The University of Illinois is ranked #15 for Engineering & Technology in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. (2016)

Engineering at Illinois is #1 on "The Most-Cited Institutions in Engineering, 1999-2009," a list of the top 20 institutions worldwide with the highest total citations to research papers published in Thomson Reuters-indexed engineering journals from January 1, 1999 to October 31, 2009.