Facts & Rankings
The Grainger College of Engineering is a global engineering education and research leader across every discipline. Unrivaled in size and resources, we are committed to providing an elite education to every student at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both on-campus and online.
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Undergraduate Program Rankings
The undergraduate engineering program at The Grainger College of Engineering is ranked #7 overall in the U.S. News & World Report (published September 2022). The following list includes our ranked undergraduate engineering majors and specialties. Note: U.S. News & World Report does not include Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, Physics, or Systems Engineering and Design undergraduate majors in their rankings.
- Ranked Majors
- #7 Aerospace Engineering
- #3 Agricultural and Biological Engineering
- #17 Bioengineering
- #5 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- #3 Civil and Environmental Engineering
- #6 Computer Engineering
- #5 Computer Science
- #7 Electrical Engineering
- #10 Industrial Engineering
- #2 Materials Science and Engineering
- #7 Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Mechanics
- Ranked specialties
- #7 Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence
- #8 Computer Science - Biocomputing/Bioinformatics/Biotechnology
- #4 Computer Science - Computer Systems
- #5 Computer Science - Cybersecurity
- #8 Computer Science - Data Analytics/Science
- #5 Computer Science - Mobile/Web Applications
- #9 Computer Science - Programming Languages
- #2 Computer Science - Software Engineering
- #9 Computer Science - Theory
Graduate Program Rankings
The graduate engineering program at The Grainger College of Engineering is ranked #10 overall in the U.S. News & World Report (published March 2022). The following list includes our ranked graduate engineering degree programs and specialties. Note: U.S. News & World Report does not include Computer Science graduate degree programs in their rankings.
- Ranked Degree Programs
- #7Aerospace Engineering
- #7Agricultural and Biological Engineering
- #12Chemical Engineering
- #2Civil Engineering
- #4 Computer Engineering
- #4 Electrical Engineering
- #3 Environmental Engineering
- #14 Industrial Engineering
- #6 Materials Science and Engineering
- #4 Mechanical Engineering / Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
- #6Nuclear Engineering
- #9 Physics
- Ranked specialties
- #8 Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence
- #5 Computer Science - Programming Language
- #5 Computer Science - Systems
- #8 Computer Science - Theory
- #10 Physics - Atomic / Molecular / Optical
- #1 Physics - Condensed Matter
- #4 Physics - Nuclear
- #12 Physics - Quantum
- #14 Physics - Elementary Particles/Fields/String Theory
Online Master's Program Rankings
The online master's degree program at The Grainger College of Engineering is ranked #4 overall in the U.S. News & World Report (published January 2022). The following list includes all of our ranked online master’s engineering degree programs.
Explore Online Master's Degree Programs
- #1 Civil Engineering
- #5 Electrical Engineering
- #2 Mechanical Engineering
- #12 Industrial Engineering
- #2 Best Online Engineering Program for Veterans
A Tradition of Excellence
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 #2 for Automation and Control by Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (2021)
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.