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 6th in the 2017 America's Best Colleges edition of U.S. News and World Report (published in September 2016). Ranked undergraduate engineering science specialties in the College of Engineering* include the following:
U.S. News and World Report Rankings, published in September 2016
|5||Electrical / Electronic / Communications|
|5||Environmental / Environmental Health|
|12||Industrial / Manufacturing|
* U.S. News and World Report does not include Computer Science, Nuclear Engineering, or Systems Engineering and Design (formerly General Engineering) among its undergraduate engineering program rankings.
** Biomedical and Engineering Physics were last ranked in September 2015.
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 2016
|8||Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical|
|3||Biological / Agricultural|
|7||Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence*|
|9||Computer Science - Programming Language*|
|7||Computer Science - Systems*|
|11||Computer Science - Theory*|
|4||Electrical/Electronic / Communications|
|15||Industrial / Manufacturing|
|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.
Illinois is #10 on Entrepreneur's list of university rankings based on the amount of VC funding its entrepreneurial alumni receive, the number of companies founded, and other metrics (Sept. 2016).
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.