Facts & Rankings
Unrivaled strength across every discipline at the undergraduate and graduate levels
The University of Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering is a global leader for engineering education and research in every field, and we consistently appear in national engineering rankings, reflecting our commitment to providing students a transformative academic experience.
Grainger Engineering is unmatched in its size and resources, enabling us to provide an elite education to every student at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both on-campus and online. At Grainger, you will receive instruction from leading expert researchers and practitioners in your field. Their courses are filled with engaging, cutting-edge theory coupled with impactful engineering research and hands-on learning experiences to ensure you are staying at the forefront of innovation.
Our students and faculty are facing global challenges head-on, developing creative solutions to make a difference across the country and the world.
Top 5 ranked degree programs
Overall ranking among undergraduate programs in the U.S.
Overall ranking among graduate programs in the U.S.
Undergraduate Program Rankings
The undergraduate engineering majors at the University of Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering have ranked 6th overall in U.S. News and World Report (published Sept. 2019.) The following list includes all of Grainger Engineering's ranked undergraduate engineering majors and their corresponding ranking.
Note: U.S. News & World Report does not include computer science; nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering; or systems engineering and design undergraduate majors in their rankings. Also, the engineering physics major was last ranked in September 2015.
Undergraduate Majors Rankings
- 9 Aerospace Engineering
- 7 Agricultural and Biological Engineering
- 22 Bioengineering
- 7 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- 3 Civil and Environmental Engineering
- 6 Computer Engineering
- 5 Electrical Engineering
- 2 Engineering Physics
- 5 Environmental Engineering
- 9 Industrial Engineering
- 3 Materials Science and Engineering
- 6 Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Mechanics
Graduate Program Rankings
The graduate engineering programs at the University of Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering ranked 10th overall in the Best Graduate Schools issue of U.S. News and World Report (published in March 2020.) The following list includes all of Grainger Engineering's ranked graduate engineering science specialties and their corresponding ranking.
Graduate Degree Program Rankings
- 7 Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical
- 6 Biological / Agricultural
- 24 Biomedical / Bioengineering
- 13 Chemical
- 1 Civil
- 5 Computer Engineering
- 5 Computer Science
- 8 Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence
- 11 Computer Science - Programming Language
- 5 Computer Science - Systems
- 12 Computer Science - Theory
- 4 Electrical / Electronic / Communications
- 4 Environmental / Environmental Health
- 14 Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering
- 6 Materials
- 5 Mechanical
- 6 Nuclear
- 9 Physics
- 12 Physics - Atomic / Molecular / Optical
- 1 Physics - Condensed Matter
- 11 Physics - Nuclear
- 9 Online Graduate Engineering
Online Master's Degree Rankings
Grainger Engineering's online master's degree programs offer a rigorous and rewarding academic experience while offering flexibility, convenience, and ease of access. Our nine online master’s degree programs in multiple disciplines are instructed by world-class faculty in highly engaging virtual classroom environments. The curriculum covers in-demand topics that build knowledge and skills for immediate workplace applicability and rapid career growth.
Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs
Best Online Master's in Civil Engineering Programs
Best Online Master's in Mechanical Engineering Programs
Best Online Master's in Industrial Engineering Programs
Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs for Veterans
A Tradition of Excellence in Education
In addition to our individual undergraduate and graduate degree programs receiving top nationwide rankings, the Grainger College of Engineering and the greater University of Illinois have also continuously received praise for our reputation, strength of academic programming, outstanding faculty, and leading research. We are proud to be a leader in our field, providing an enriching experience that will innovate the future of engineering. Explore some of our recent accolades below!
Leading the Field in Engineering and Technology
The Grainger College of Engineering is #1 for Automation and Control by ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (2019)
The University of Illinois is ranked #15 for Engineering & Technology in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. (2016)
Computer Science Degree Hub ranked Urbana-Champaign #4 in its 50 Great Cities for Studying Computers and Technology listing. (2014)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was listed as #8 on Edudemic's 10 Innovative Universities Shaking Up Education." (2013)
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.
Recognition for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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 7th on list of most undergraduate and graduate alumni hired by the 25 biggest Silicon Valley employers in the last year. (2017)
Illinois ranks #10 on Time's list of the 25 Best Public Colleges for Big Paychecks. (2017)
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).
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)
Urbana-Champaign Community: Fulfillment and Innovation
Urbana-Champaign is #2 on American Institute of Economic Research's Best College Towns based on demographics, quality of life, and economics.
Urbana-Champaign was ranked 9th, per capita, for first fundings of venture capital by Brookings. (2015)
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.