School of Chemical SciencesCollege of Liberal Arts & SciencesCollege of Engineering
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At a glance

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  • Department founded in 1901
  • ABET accredited since 1933
  • More than 20 courses routinely offered
  • Class section size averages 42 students
  • Faculty in the department hold 39 active patents
In its 2017 rankings, U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges rated Illinois as #10 in top public universities.

In 2013, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was listed as No. 8 on Edudemic's "10 Innovative Universities Shaking Up Education."

The University of Illinois is ranked No. 5 on SmartMoney's unique "payback" survey of 50 top-priced schools that shows which alumni are reaping rewards in the job market (2012).
A Wall Street Journal study (2013) 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.

The University of Illinois is ranked 29th in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings (2015).

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700. That accreditation includes consideration of the program’s educational objectives and outcomes and assures that this program meets the expectations for training a professional chemical and biomolecular engineer.

Undergraduate Program

US News rankings:

  • Illinois College of Engineering engineering program: 6 (2017)
  • Undergraduate Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: 11 (2017)


  • 700 undergraduate students
  • 28 percent female
  • 11 percent underrepresented
  • Students admitted into our program have an average ACT score of 31 and are in the 93rd percentile of their high school graduating class.

Graduate Program

  • The Illinois graduate College of Engineering program ranked sixth in the US News rankings in 2017.
  • The ChBE graduate program ranked 13th in the US News rankings in 2017.


  • Total students: 87
  • 41 percent female
  • 58 percent international
  • 1 percent underrepresented



  • 7,101 degrees awarded

Fun facts

  • The University of Illinois, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore, has a multi-institutional Ph.D. program, the first of its kind on campus.
  • 68 percent of our students are first-time freshmen, 17 percent are transfers from other majors and 18 percent are transfers from other schools
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is No. 2 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in research expenditures.