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Civil Engineering

Grainger College of Engineering

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What is Civil Engineering?

This major applies the basics of science with mathematical tools to solve problems for people and societies. Civil engineering works are generally one-of-a-kind projects that usually rely on cooperation among professionals of many different fields. Civil Engineering may be for you if you’re interested in designing and building things like:

  • Skyscrapers
  • Bridges
  • Tunnels
  • Highways
  • Airports
  • Railroads
  • Water treatment plants
  • Waterways
  • Power plants
  • Structures for wind turbines
  • Transmission lines
  • Dams
  • Desalination plants

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

93% employed or continuing education

58% employed after graduation

35% attending graduate school

$59,226 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Turner Construction Company, Kiewit, Lendlease View All

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

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

94% freshman retention rate

77% four-year graduation rate

87% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,348
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $15,952
  • Total: $37,308

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,798
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $55,098

International

  • Tuition: $40,146
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $60,446
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