University of illinois at chicago  chicago  illinois   united states
US News Ranking 65
Qsranking 231
Timesranking 201-250

Brief background:

Started in 1858, University of Illinois- Chicago is a public research University. It is regularly ranked amongst the Top-50 universities in The United States of America and is one of the most common options for students with an average profile. The University of Illinois, with three campuses – at Chicago, Springfield and Urbana - is a world leader in research and discovery.

The University offers undergraduate and even graduate degrees through various schools such as the College of Business Administration Graduate School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the College of Education. Its Mechanical Engineering department at The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois—Chicago is quite popular amongst Asian students.


University of Illinois- Chicago campus is spread over 311 acres. This campus has three main libraries that have thousands of books on all possible subjects. Students of the University also have access to a recreational center, theater, and various coffee shops that are located inside the campus.

Residing Options:

Though the University of Illinois – Chicago offers on-campus accommodation, most students prefer to live off-campus- in areas such as Little Italy and Greektown. The primary reason for staying off-campus is the greater privacy that it offers as well as larger room size. Depending on the kind of the room they want, students pay anywhere between $550 up to $2,000 for off-campus accommodation.

Faculty and pedagogy:

Being one of the three campuses of the University of Illinois, the Chicago campus has excellent faculty. Since the campus offers excellent research facilities, there is no dearth of good professors and hence students here get to learn from some excellent faculty.

Financial aid:

The state of Illinois funds the University of Illinois- Chicago and thus students of the University are able to get some kind of financial aid to help them reduce the cost of their education. However, these scholarships are given only to students with a good profile, so do keep that in mind before applying for a scholarship. Students can also apply for Research and Teaching Assistantship jobs to help with their finances.

Jobs and placements:

The top recruiters employing students from the university include the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Northern Trust Company, TransUnion, LLC, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Inc, Jones Lang LaSalle. The most popular job profiles amongst the university alumni include Software Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Project Engineer Project Manager, Data Analyst Financial Analyst. 
The top paying professions among UIC alumni are Software Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, and Electrical with the median salaries of $75K, $69K and $67K respectively.
The Career Services of the university leave no stone unturned in guiding students towards the right direction for their career development uptil the three years of post-graduation. Some of its services which students can tap on to give an extra boost to their employment prospects are one-on-one advising, events, and career preparation programs. These services also help students connect with several opportunities.


Some famous alumni of the University of Illinois- Chicago include names like Designer of the Burj Khalifa Adrian D.Smith and Founder and CEO of Ocimum Bio Solutions Anuradha Acharya amongst many others.


With good placements and faculty, University of Illinois – Chicago is no doubt a good University and students with an average profile can certainly keep it as a viable option.


The university is situated close to the metropolitan area of Chicago. The two international airports closest to the university are O'Hare International Airport and Chicago 
Midway International Airport. On the campus itself, there are buses and shuttle which make commuting easy for students. Paratransit facilities are available to students seven days a week. The university even provides a Campus Auto Rental Service. The university students can avail the Metra services which operate in almost 241 stations in Chicago's downtown area.

Most of the academic building is between M Harrison Street and W Taylor Street. The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System provides top-notch facilities for students who need medical attention as it is equipped with professional staff and the latest medical facilities. This is great locational advantage as students do not have to travel further away in case of a medical emergency. The University operates as a land grant university which means that the land is allotted by the state government to the university.  The campus boasts of an alumni relations office, automatic teller machines, computer labs, c-stops, dining services, libraries, meeting, and conference facilities, oasis locations, recreation centers, student centers, student housing, sports fields, the visitors center, visitor parking, and wireless access points. Its nearness to the metropolitan area allows the university to bring in real experts to
communicate with its engineering students and introduce them to the prospects and realities of the field. At the same time, the locational advantage helps students seek jobs more easily than a university that is located outside the city or in a rural area. Most of the time, the weather is humid in this area.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 58%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 507
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 32
TA Appointments 262
RA appointments 218
Research funding $27,827,194
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018

Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. The Chemical Engineering Major focuses on both the practical and theoretical aspects of chemistry. Seventy-three credit hours are to be taken from non-engineering and general education based courses, while 49 credit hours should be from engineering courses. The student has to choose one technical elective out of subjects like Pharmaceutical Applications, Process Simulation, etc. One free open elective also has to be taken. The graduate program MS in Chemical Engineering requires a total of 36 semester hours from which at least 12 must be of 500-level courses. The MS program is offered with three options - Thesis, Project, and Coursework only. There is also a special graduate program called China 3+2 Program, where the students can study in specific Chinese universities in the fourth and fifth years leading to both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering. There are some eligibility requirements for the program such as maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.0 and having a baccalaureate field of study in chemical engineering or equivalent. 

Areas of Expertise: Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering; Combustion and Environment; Particulates and Transport; Process Design & Optimization; Catalysis; Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics

Civil and Materials Engineering

The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering offers an MS in Civil Engineering with two options - Thesis and Coursework only. The concentrations offered are Transportation Engineering; Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics; Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Construction Engineering and Management. MS in Materials Engineering is also offered by the department with two options - Thesis and Coursework - in the following concentrations: Materials Processing and Characterization; Mechanics of Solids. At the graduate level, it is not compulsory to take a foreign language course, however, this may be included in the program and can be opted for if desired. A special lab for civil and material engineering students called Makerspace is available. The lab has equipment and machinery required to practically understand the various aspects of the civil and mechanical field. Research opportunities are also provided by this department to undergraduate students. Students are assigned a temporary advisor who helps them in choosing classes for their first semester as a graduate student. The student can change the advisor if needed. The list of courses that are offered is present on the university’s website.

Areas of Expertise: Transportation; Structures/Structural Mechanics; Non-Destructive Testing and Sensors; Infrastructure, Environmental Engineering; Fracture and Fatigue Mechanics; Welding, Joining and Brazing

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers a BS in Computer Science. A combined 5-year BS/MS program is also offered where some of the credit requirements of MS is taken within the BS route (in the third and fourth years). At the graduate level, apart from an MS degree in computer science, a joint MS Degree with Politecnico Di Milano is also provided. Up-to-date computer labs and I.T. facilities are present for the students. Both the undergraduate and graduate students have access to the Engineering Career Center which provides the information and assistance in looking for jobs and opportunities. At the Graduate-level, more focus is on research-based activities, and the university provides a well-equipped separate lab for this purpose.
Areas of Expertise: Artificial Intelligence; Human-Computer Interaction; Software Engineering; Computer Systems; Databases; Computer Networking

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Boasting of 36 full-time expert faculty, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers both undergraduate and graduate courses. Three majors are offered at the undergraduate level are Computer Engineering, Engineering Physics, and Electrical Engineering, each with their varied requirements. At the graduate level, the department provides unmatched research facilities with modern machinery and equipment. The MS degree is offered in Electrical and Computer Engineering and typically requires 36 to 40 semester hours. MS is offered with two options - Thesis or Coursework only. On the other hand, the Ph.D. program requires at least 28 credit hours of coursework, 48 credit hours of doctoral-level research along with two semesters consisting of the zero-credit departmental seminar. It is possible to get admitted into the Ph.D. program directly after a bachelor’s degree; however, the credit requirements increase. The department prepares students to get into some of the reputed industries such as Nanotechnology, Process engineering, Quality control, Radar technology, Systems Engineering, and testing, etc. The department also offers internships and job opportunities that can be applied for through the departmental portal.

Areas of Expertise: Information Systems; Bioelectronics and Biomimetics; Device Physics and Electronics; Computer Engineering

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers three different majors at the undergraduate level: mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and engineering management. All these are 4-year degree programs; however, individual requirements for each of these programs are different. Undergraduate first-year students and Transfer students have the opportunity to get guaranteed paid internship on behalf of the department. The department offers research facilities to undergraduate students who can also get their research funded by NSF. At the graduate level, M.S. and Ph.D. programs are provided in both Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. In addition, a professional Master of Energy Engineering is also offered by the department. Moreover, financial aid is also offered by the department to the Master’s students. The graduate students are required to attend departmental seminars. At the same time, the department offers some international programs for M.S. students. The department is headed by Farzad Mashayek, who is a well-known name in the field of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Microgravity Processes, Microfabrication; Fluid-Thermal Science, Combustion and Energy Systems; Gear Research, Materials Processing; Virtual Manufacturing, Mechanisms, Controls and Dynamics; Gear Research
List of Labs: Energy Resources Center

Annual fees for Indians $28,000
Annual off-campus living $7,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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