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Civil Engineering

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What is Civil Engineering?

This major applies the basic principles of science in conjunction with mathematical and computational tools to solve problems associated with developing and sustaining civilized life on our planet. Civil engineering works are generally one-of-a-kind projects, often grand in scale, and they usually require cooperation among professionals of many different disciplines. Civil Engineering may be for you if you’re interested in designing and building structures and infrastructure systems such as skyscrapers, bridges, tunnels, highways, airports, railroads, water treatment plants, waterways, power plants, structures for wind turbines, transmission lines, dams, and desalination plants.

Career Options

  • Construction
  • Environment
  • Geotechnical work
  • Hydrosystems
  • Structures
  • Transportation

Post-Graduation Success1

92% employed or continuing education

58% employed after graduation

34% attending graduate school

$58,991 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Turner Construction Company, Lendlease, CivilTech Engineering

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

30 - 33 ACT Score

1370 - 1490 SAT Score

3.56 - 3.91 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $36,016

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $33,610
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $52,926

International

  • Tuition: $38,828
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $58,144
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