Plan a Visit
Considering becoming a Grainger Engineer? The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering is hosting in-person college-level and virtual experiences with departments this semester. Whether you connect with us in-person or virtually we want you to know all about our engineering culture and majors.
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In-Person Visit Events
The best way to know if Grainger Engineering is right for you is simply to be here. Visit us and find out for yourself what it’s like to be an Illini.
Take a 90-minute walking tour of our two Grainger Engineering quads, the Bardeen and North quads, located north of Green Street. You’ll be able to see our academic buildings, classrooms, lab space, and more!
Join Grainger Engineering for an in-depth Q&A session with a small panel of students, academic advisors, and/or assistant deans to answer the questions you have about UIUC and Grainger Engineering.
Explore Grainger Engineering during special sessions on select days. These sessions include a 30-minute resource fair with academic departments and resource offices, two 30-minute breakout sessions with the academic departments of your choice, and a 90-minute walking tour of our engineering quads, buildings, and labs.
Aerospace Information Session
A live presentation about the Aerospace Undergraduate Program followed by a Q&A session.
Bioengineering Q&A Info Session
View a live presentation about the bioengineering undergraduate degree program, followed by a Q&A session with program staff and students.
Civil Student Chats
Meetings for Admitted or Prospective Students, short presentation and highlights of the department, with juniors and seniors in Civil and Environmental engineering.
Computer Science Prospective Visits
Meet with a Computer Science advisor to learn more about the Computer Science programs offered at Illinois. There will also be a Q and A session.
Engineering Physics Prospective Visits
Meet with a Physics advisor to learn more about the Engineering Physics programs offered at Illinois. There will also be a Q and A session, so please bring your questions!
View a live presentation about MechSE (EM & ME) undergraduate programs (30-40 mins), followed by a Q&A session (30 - 20 mins) with current students and recent alumni as available.
Engineering Undeclared. What is it? Should I apply?
Engineering Undeclared students enter The Grainger College of Engineering without a declared major. They explore all the engineering majors through the overview class, ENG 101. They also take a class or two in the majors they are interested in, so that they can confirm a possible interest and keep on track with the major. All engineering majors (with the exception of Computer Science) are accessible through the Engineering Undeclared program. During this session, we'll go over the program and answer your questions about applications.
1-on-1 Prospective Transfer Meeting
Meet 1-on-1 with a transfer advisor to discuss any questions you have about transferring to Grainger Engineering. (30 min individual appointments between 1-3p CDT on selected days.)
Grainger Engineering Transfer Information Session
Join a live presentation to learn more about transferring to Grainger Engineering. The presentation will include information on the admissions requirements, the application and review process, and important resources. A Q&A session will take place after the presentation. (For transfers only)
The Engineering Pathways program offers guaranteed admission to qualifying students interested in transferring to The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Engineering Pathways Information Session
Learn more about Engineering Pathways, including information about the program benefits, academic requirements, and the application process. A Q&A session will take place after the live presentation with Engineering Pathways staff and students. (First year and transfers)
Grainger Engineering Days
Grainger Engineering Days provide prospective UIUC students with the opportunity to hear from current engineering students. Current UIUC students answer questions and provide information about the Grainger College of Engineering!
Shadow An Engineer
The shadow an engineer program allows prospective students to interact in a small group setting with a current UIUC student in their major of interest.
Engineering International Student LIVE Tours
Join this 60-minute student-led engineering tour LIVE from the comfort of your home. Our engineering tour guides will show you around the engineering quads, buildings, and labs. They are ready to answer any questions you have and share about why they choose Illinois. (We encourage you to also register for the Office of Admission Global Virtual Info Sessions at 7:00 AM Central Time, that precedes our tour. Register here.)
Having trouble finding a virtual or in-person visit option with the department you're interested in learning more about? If so, you can request a one-on-one appointment and we'll assist with making arrangements for you.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) High School Visitation
Saturday, Nov 13th | 10 AM – 4 PM CT
Register by Friday, October 29th
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign would like to invite you its High School Visitation event. We know that all of you have worked extremely hard through the various challenges and circumstances the past few years have come with and are looking to encourage your success at this university in both academics and creating meaningful connections. The overall event will give you a strong sense of the resources and opportunities that await you at the Grainger College of Engineering. Additionally, you will be able to network with other high schoolers and current college undergraduates to create strong connections that you can refer back to throughout your college tenure. We are aiming to provide you with a virtual program that will involve workshops, informational sessions, and an interactive team project that will span the course of the day. P.S.: First 25 students who sign up AND THEN attend the event will receive a prize!”
Take a Photo Tour of Grainger Engineering
Check out our snapshot slideshow to get a peek inside a few landmark locations, classrooms, labs, and hangout spots on the Grainger Engineering campus.
Take a Photo Tour of Grainger EngineeringFreshman Launch groups Saturday, August 24, 2019. Students test their VR skills in CS 498: Virtual Reality at the VR Lab at Siebel Center for Computer Science in Urbana on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Ganpath Karl, an Electrical Engineering major, works on soldering in the Advanced Power Applications Lab at ECE on Monday, March 4, 2019. Karl is involved with a sustainability project and has been active with Innovation, Leadership & Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE) and iVenture Accelerator. Students gather to study and work in the Grainger Library overlooking the Bardeen quad on November 29, 2017. The sun's rays stream through the large windows of Geoffrey Yeh Student Center at Newmark Hall as students review classroom work in bright surroundings in Urbana on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. The Civil Engineering student seen here is working on his master's degree, which he will receive in the summer of 2020. Students in ME 370 test their robots one last time, challenging them with rough terrain, during their finals at the Materials Science and Engineering Building in Urbana on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Members of the Concrete Canoe team row against strong winds as they use wooden boats for practice during their Paddling Team Meeting at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Project manager, Darren Liu, a senior in CEE, is determined to help his team reach nationals in spring 2019 with this year's design. Last year they took fourth place in regionals. The top two teams in regionals go on to compete in nationals. Last year's concrete canoe, featuring a pirate theme, is pictured docked at Crystal Lake during a paddling team meeting. Illinois students, faculty, staff, and the Marching Illini celebrate The Grainger Foundation's generous gift at Electrical and Computer Engineering Building in Urbana on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Students walk through the Siebel Center for Computer Science on November 1, 2017. Three students sit and work at Loomis Laboratory on November 2, 2017. Students observe a lecture taught by Professor Tim Stelzer at Loomis Laboratory on November 2, 2017. The exterior of the newly renovated Everitt Lab is seen here in Urbana on July 27, 2018. Students walk along the sidewalks of Bardeen Quad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on November 31, 2017. Grainger Engineering students, and students across the Midwest, don glow-in-the-dark jewelry as they solve web design puzzles under black lights at Caterpillar's Code in the Dark. The event was part of the 36-hour HackIllinois at ECEB in Urbana on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The Association for Computer Machinery at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign oversees HackIllinois each year. The Off-Road Illini SAE Baja team spend part of their Saturday building vehicles for competition while at Engineering Student Projects Lab in Urbana on Oct. 6, 2018. Computer Science Engineering students proudly wear their tee-shirts. Incoming freshmen and transfer students enjoy food, games, and mingling with Engineering professors and other students at Bardeen Quad during Launch! in Urbana on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Undergraduate students with Women in Engineering work together at the Mechanical Engineering Lab's Innovation Studio in Urbana on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Picture from left are: Ashley Mitchell, Delanie Steinweg, Michelle McCord, and Jamie Milota. Craig Zilles, associate professor of Computer Science, teaches CS 225 Data Structures at Grainger Auditorium at ECEB in Urbana on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.
Watch a Grainger Engineering Class
Want to get a glimpse of what real course instructions looks like in Grainger Engineering? Take a look through our sample video recordings! Unlimited opportunity awaits you in any of our 15 undergraduate major programs.
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Prospective Student Resources
What Engineering majors do you offer? How do I make myself competitive to get into Grainger Engineering? How do I setup a visit to campus? Find answers to these questions and more by visiting our FAQ page.