Leading global engineering education and research
As one of the world's top ranked engineering programs, our students, faculty, and alumni set the standard for excellence. We drive the economy, reimagine engineering education, and bring revolutionary ideas to the world. We think and design forward to solve the world's greatest challenges, every day.
students from 50 states and 100+ countries
expert faculty leading breakthrough research
top-five ranked degree programs
in total research expenditures
average BS degree starting salary
labs, research centers, and institutes
multidisciplinary research centers
The Grainger Foundation's Commitment
The Grainger College of Engineering is named in honor of distinguished alumnus William W. Grainger, who founded the industrial supply company W. W. Grainger in 1927. Totaling more than $300 million, our support from The Grainger Foundation is the most ever given to a public university to name a college of engineering. This investment in the college’s bold vision creates opportunities for thousands of our students, faculty, and researchers. It can be seen across our engineering campus—in the Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, Everitt Laboratory, the Grainger Library and Information Center, the Grainger Chair in Electrical Engineering, and an endowment in support of engineering research.
Tackling the Toughest Challenges
We envision a future in which new solutions from our best engineers bring global access to clean water, nuclear and cyber security, cures and treatments for diseases, effective health care, and a sustainable environment.
Reimagining Engineering Education
We give the brightest minds an opportunity to thrive by developing modern, collaborative, and hands-on educational experiences designed to celebrate diversity and unlock the potential for boundless achievement in every student.
Aggressively Driving the Economy
We create opportunities for faculty and students to bring their innovations to market by making world-class entrepreneurial programs, partnerships, opportunities, and experiences accessible to everyone at Illinois.
Building on a Legacy of Innovation
The Grainger College of Engineering family includes more than 80,000 alumni around the world whose contributions to the advancement of science and technology are deeply embedded in the daily lives of every human being on the planet.