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Computer Engineering

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What is Computer Engineering?

Computer Engineering is the design and implementation of computing systems at all levels, from circuits and architecture to networking, distributed systems, and artificial intelligence. You might be interested in this major if you enjoy understanding, designing, and working with computers and their hardware. By understanding a computer system from top to bottom—from application software to operating systems to hardware and circuits—computer engineers are well prepared to create the wide array of computing systems and devices that we all use and depend upon every day.

Career Options

  • Computer system architecture
  • GPU architecture
  • Hardware design
  • Microprocessor design
  • Programming
  • Research
  • Software architecture

Post-Graduation Success1

90% employed or continuing education

75% employed after graduation

15% attending graduate school

$85,824 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Microsoft, Amazon, Capital One

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

32 - 34 ACT Score

1420 - 1520 SAT Score

3.62 - 3.94 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876

International

  • Tuition: $39,400
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $59,094
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