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Facts & Rankings

Unrivaled strength across every discipline

Grainger Engineering is unmatched in its size and resources to provide an elite education to every student. We are consistently ranked among the top engineering programs in the world, with a reputation for excellence in education and research in every field.


Top 5 ranked degree programs


Overall ranking among undergraduate
programs in the U.S.

Graduate Program Rankings

The graduate engineering program at Illinois ranked 10th overall in the Best Graduate Schools issue of U.S. News and World Report (published in March 2019). The list provided here includes all ranked graduate engineering science specialties in The Grainger College of Engineering.

Explore Graduate Programs

  • 7 Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical
  • 7 Biological / Agricultural
  • 30 Biomedical / Bioengineering
  • 12 Chemical
  • 2 Civil
  • 3 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
  • 15 Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering
  • 3 Materials
  • 7 Mechanical
  • 7 Nuclear
  • 9 Physics
  • 12 Physics - Atomic / Molecular / Optical
  • 1 Physics - Condensed Matter
  • 11 Physics - Nuclear
  • 9 Online Graduate Engineering


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Best Online Master's in Civil Engineering Programs


Best Online Master's in Mechanical Engineering Programs


Best Online Master's in Industrial Engineering Programs.


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Additional Rankings

The Grainger College of Engineering is #1 for Automation and Control by ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (2019)

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

Champaign-Urbana is #2 on American Institute of Economic Research's Best College Towns based on demographics, quality of life, and economics.

Illinois ranks #10 on Time's list of the 25 Best Public Colleges for Big Paychecks. (2017)

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 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).

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

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

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)

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)

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

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.