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

The statistics on this page reflect the most recent data available.


  • Department founded in 1901
  • ABET accredited since 1933
  • More than 20 courses routinely offered
  • Class section size averages 36 students (2009-2010)
  • Faculty in the department hold 39 active patents

The Princeton Review named Illinois one of the nation's best undergraduate values in the 2010 edition of its book, America's Best Value Colleges.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is ranked 13th among public research universities in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2011 Rankings – up from 15th last year.

A variety of rankings agree that the University of Illinois is among the best in the nation and the world (No. 5, Smart Money — best values; No. 25, Academic Ranking of World Universities; No. 12, Forbes — best public universities; No. 3, Wall Street Journal — top recruiter picks)

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: 5 (2012)
  • Undergraduate Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: 9 (2012)


  • More than 500 undergraduate students
  • 34 percent female
  • 8 percent minority
  • 13 percent international students
  • 11 percent out-of-state students
  • The average student admitted to our program has an ACT score of 30 and is in the 94th percentile of his or her high school graduating class.

Graduate Program

  • Illinois graduate College of Engineering program ranked fifth in the US News rankings in 2012
  • ChBE graduate program is ranked 11th in the US News rankings in 2011

Statistics for 2010-2011 school year:

  • Total students: around 110
  • M.S. degrees conferred, academic year 2009-2010: 19
  • Ph.D. degrees conferred, academic year 2009-2010: 20



  • 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.