Facts and Rankings

#3

most affordable undergraduate chemical engineering program

#11

undergraduate program in chemical engineering

#12

graduate program in chemical engineering

25:1

our current student to faculty ratio with a goal of 20:1

Exceptional Education

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois is known around the world for its outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs. A hallmark of our undergraduate experience is an emphasis on design projects, undergraduate research opportunities, and internships/co-ops that lead to job offers. Our alumni include many legendary leaders in academia and industry.

Our department is a unit within the School of Chemical Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which evolved from the Department of Chemistry as an applied science. The department has close ties to The Grainger College of Engineering, a top-ranked engineering school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our students get the best of both worlds, taking advantage of opportunities within both colleges. 

About our students

 

Undergraduates*

Total students 545
Underrepresented  13.6%
Women 38%
International 13.9%

*Class Profile Fall 2021

Graduate students*

Total students 135
Underrepresented 14%
Women 39%
International 53%

 

 

Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

 

Undergraduate

Year Total Enrollment BS Graduates
2020-2021 589 156
2019-2020 628 143
2018-2019 653 149
2017-2018 688 194
2016-2017 700 161
2015-2016 700 122
2014-2015 706 159
2013-2014 688 120
2012-2013 549 97
2011-2012 540 105
2010-2011 514 109

 

Graduate

Year Total Enrollment Ph.D. Graduates
2020-2021 128 22
2019-2020 115 12
2018-2019 103 9
2017-2018 103 16
2016-2017 94 16
2015-2016 87 14
2014-2015 84 15
2013-2014 100 26
2012-2013 107 11
2011-2012 104 17
2010-2011 108 9

 

Where do our graduates go?  

Check out our Career Services Illini Success webpage for information on graduate salaries, placements, and a map of where our graduates work throughout the U.S.